Via Winfield/Virgina Peak, through to 13253Posted On:
2020-09-28, By: IHikeLikeAGirlInfo:
99.17% dry. ;)
Some snow on west and north slopes of surrounding peaks, but ridge line from Winfield Peak through 13253 was dry, with a couple of teensy, nonhindering, patches of snow.
BTW, if you love tundra ridge runs, this is not that. Rock, boulders, rock, and more rock lie between you and each peak (see Feinstein's TR). It is tedious.
And it is worth noting, we found a way off 13253 that did not involve any class 4 down climbing. We were able to keep it at mostly class 2 with some short class 3 sections. We dropped off the ridge towards Granite Peak at ~12,800.
Photo 1 - General pic of dry ridge conditions
Photo 2 - Tiny bits of snow on the ridge
Photo 3 - Snow on north and west aspects