DoubleBat wrote: Is it a lost cause? I'm young and have gotten along fine without them before but I've never hiked anything bigger than Bozeman's surrounding area.
DoubleBat wrote:I've done no winter mountaineering.
and I'm going alone.
and I drive a civic.
MoapaPk wrote:If you know when to stop, that's great. Good luck and be safe.
I've never been up there, but when you first proposed this trip, I looked at SP's page on Peale and read:
"Late spring and early summer will require an ice axe and crampons for ascent and safety. The main route ascends a couloir for 1300 ft that retains snow into summer months. The conditions of this couloir vary from year-to-year and day-to-day during early late spring and early summer."
Perhaps that is just a throw-away statement. Maybe the couloir route isn't necessary; but I got the impression that this wasn't a "gimme" summit in snow.
But then I think of my 2nd snow climb when I was 16. The route was supposed to require axe and crampons, and I had a ski pole and wore blue jeans. I passed a roped group on descent. I had a $25 sewn-through down bag, put my down jacket over me when I went to bed, and still froze at night. And I was very, very, very, very lucky.
Consider this picture:
http://www.summitpost.org/image/117272/ ... cts-a.html
and what is happening on Hood right now.
byates wrote:Unless your avalanche safety skills are on the high end I would advise against any peak bagging in the la Sal's for a while, this mornings avalanche forecast is considerable meaning human triggered avalanches are probable, go the Utah avalanche center web page for current conditions. THERE ARE NO ROUTES UP PEALE, TUK OR MELLENTHIN THAT DO NOT HAVE HIGH AVALANCHE EXPOSURE!!!
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