MoapaPk wrote:"Chicken-out Ridge" -- it's not the rock, as the "4th class" has huge, stable holds (really 3rd class).
MoapaPk wrote:The problem is the snow "bridge" which can be extremely slippery early in the morning.
MoapaPk wrote:I find trekking poles to be a PITA on class 3 rock; maybe they are useful on a talus-type hike, but I'd much rather have my hands free on something like COR.
MoapaPk wrote:Last year was El Nino year, and the snow stayed later than usual; but from trip reports, it was obvious that there was a lot of melting between mid June and early August, so by Aug 8 the snow that had to be crossed was limited to that one "bridge." This year probably has at least as much snow.
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