Seamstress Posted September 30, 2011 Share Posted September 30, 2011 I haven't been on the mountain since mid August. We have had some warm weather since then. We had a big snow year last winter and very little hot weather. Normally you can climb Adams and be on scree if you want nearly the whole route in late season. According to the last report, snow is solid above 8,000' (July conditions in October!). So you may need crampons and an ice ax. I assume you could ditch onto the rock ridge if you prefer, but I wouldn't count on it unless you hear from someone that it was snow free. Personally I like climbing on the snow better. Since some of you are coming a long way, being prepared is the best choice. I don't mean to offend, but some of you sound new. Never glissade with crampons on. Stop long before the snow turns to rock. It takes a long time for a SAR team to reach you on Adams. If visibility is a concern, mark the top of the false summit, the turn at the bottom of the wall/top of lunch counter, the trail at 8,000' and the turn below Crescent Glacier. These are the places where you can lose lots of time. You can almost always find the Round the Mountain trail at 6,000' if you screw up. That is almost always better than bushwacking to the 183 trail. I've done it a few times by accident and on SAR missions. South Climb Trail #183 enters Morrison Creek drainage: UTM 10 T 0616604 5112150 - Datum NAD27 South Climb Trail #183 ascends Crescent Ridge: UTM 10 T 0616626 5112991 - Datum NAD27 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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