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mandrakeAasgard Pass

mandrake

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It may be worth noting that if Aasgard Pass is snowbound it can be a very different experience and may require ice axe, crampons and possibly even a rope for safety. There have been a number of accidents and fatalities - often climber's right of the "tree island" (i.e. the south side of the pass). The snowfield on that side may offer a shorter and more direct line to the top - although the terrain is steeper and, during spring melt, the solid-appearing snowfields can quickly become undermined by running water. There may be little to no indication of when this transition occurs. Accidents have occurred here with individuals falling or glissading into open moats and crevasses generated by warming rocks and running water. Staying to the climber's route - specifically to climber's left of the "tree island" - may be adviseable for safety.
Posted Jul 6, 2011 2:57 am

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