"I would say "all summer" is a bit of an exaggeration. "
I SAAAID, (said like 'Bunifa Latifa Halifa Shalifa Jackson' )
"The south slabs can be VERY dangerous ALL spring, and into summer, ....even in july."
past previous 2 years in a row, most all of july. that's into summer, not "all summer".
have been on the south wall for about 25 different summers, so far.
just get off the trail and get adventurous. Isn't that part of being in the mountains any more? Just, please, leave your saw at home. (if you were thinking about that) Really no need to mark the trails by sawing down cedars, small firs and blueberry bushes like others have done on the 'other side'.
yea, they grow back, may be. really hard for a small bush or tree to take hold in such a rough territory. Especially ones that are 50 to over a 100 years old. And since i will be very lucky, IF i climb up there for maybe, 10 more years or so, NOT IN MY LIFE TIME!
Had quite the shock this past weekend up there ... REALLY? leave your saws at home! it is a wilderness you know. If it is dead already, it moves quite easily. there is NO REASON to be cutting down live trees up there. if you feel you might get lost, or can't find your way back, do what others do, mark the trees with bright orange survey tape, and pretend your on mt Rainer in a semi white out. or better yet, just stay home or go somewhere else to learn how to hike in the woods. GET adventurous, its way more fun!
JUST GO for IT!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qq5Z2JMro0Q