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[TR] Adams - South Face/SW gullies 5/2/2015

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Trip: Adams - South Face/SW gullies

 

Date: 5/2/2015

 

Trip Report:

We got some great turns last weekend.

 

I'm starting to feel a benefit from altitude room training - moved pretty easily higher up the mountain.

 

We descended from the false summit as it was pretty windy up there and skiing from the very top did not appear to offer great snow. We started descending right around noon. We found the top of the SW chutes pretty icy, so we traversed back to the SE, descended nice soft snow, then cut back over to some really beautiful snow. I can't think of many times I've had a better combination of spring snow and terrain.

 

We followed tracks down to the round-the mountain trail, which led to some tedious traverse skinning on snow and some pine needles. We only took skis off once. Once we hit the main trail, it seemed like we were back in the car within minutes.

 

All in all an awesome outing.

 

 

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Avy damage at the round the mountain trail...big trees toppled like toothpicks:

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Approach Notes:

ski crampons would have been useful.

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can field this..been up the last 3 weekends (and officially 'adams'ed out now). you are on dry ground for about 1 mile up to the wilderness boundary, from cold springs. It's melting fast but there is a little more base at treeline when it opens up more so probably about the same this weekend.

 

There is also an option to cut left/east a bit higher than going down more and hitting the RTM trail, you skin up maybe 200ft and .75mi-1mi around a bowl and over a few minor ribs and pop out about half way down the west side of the crescent glacier 'bowl'..more on the ridge line than up in the upper bowl. From there a direct ski back to the snowline and trail to car.

 

skinning to summit can be done with ski crampons (2x).

 

~5hr to pikers.

 

 

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"I'm starting to feel a benefit from altitude room training - moved pretty easily higher up the mountain." what is that?

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