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Hood conditions 2/21/05

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4 of us left timberline at 5:30 a.m. to do Leuthold.

we encountered knee deep soft snow/powder over an ice layer all the way from top of palmer to Illum. saddle.

From the saddle we spotted a party of 6 moving very slowly up Leuthold in what looked like knee deep (or deeper) soft snow so we decided to bale on that choice and instead slogged up West crater rim above the hot rocks in more knee to thigh deep soft snow. So after these several hours of postholing "joy" we cut over to the hogsback for a bit of rest and met up with the party that we'd seen doing Leuthold. They reported knee to thigh deep soft snow for the entire route and a continuous rain of rime and other assorted white stuff up thru the hourglass. They also reported some avy activity off the Reid HW. They left timberline at 4am and got down to the hosback at 3pm.

When the snow consolidates I think we'll give LC another shot but will hit the snow by 3 a.m. crazy.gif

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