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Kings Peak Snow Conditions?

Postby summitdreams » Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:00 pm

A group of us were planning an attempt on Gannett Peak at the end of the week, but the conditions up to Titcomb Basin look horrible. We are thinking about switching our plans for Kings Peak. Has any climbed this lately? How are the snow conditions? Thanks!
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Postby builttospill » Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:39 pm

I'd be interested in to hear the conditions in the Western Uintas as well (Bald Mtn, Reids, etc). I've never gone up there early in the summer to climb, so I'm not really sure what to expect in terms of snow cover.
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Postby ZeeJay » Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:23 am

builttospill wrote:I'd be interested in to hear the conditions in the Western Uintas as well (Bald Mtn, Reids, etc). I've never gone up there early in the summer to climb, so I'm not really sure what to expect in terms of snow cover.

Moogie737 and I climbed both Bald and Reids 3 weeks ago. Based on what we saw then, there will be virtually no snow from the summit of Bald to the summit of Reids. However, there will still be snow covering the trail up to Bald. If you wish, you can probably avoid all of the steep icy section by angling up and right to a bare rocky area from (I think) the 4th switchback.
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Postby tmtn93 » Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:58 pm

This is Mirror Lake as of Last Week (don't know the exact date, because I found it on KSL)

http://www.ksl.com/?sid=8879158&nid=396&pid=38
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Postby builttospill » Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:13 pm

Thanks ZeeJay, I appreciate the info. Hopefully I'll get around to it soon.
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Postby TacoJockey » Sun Jul 04, 2010 11:54 pm

Sounds like summitdreams has already gone, but if anybody else is curious:
As of yesterday, snow on the standard route to Kings was gone everywhere except immediately south of Gunsight Pass. You can work your way around the snow and keep it at mostly class 2 talus hopping, although the rocks are so loose I found it more enjoyable as a snow climb. The Anderson Pass chute has very little snow left.
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Postby CBakwin » Tue Jul 06, 2010 1:51 am

So I take it that Crampons and Ice axe are not needed?
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Postby TacoJockey » Tue Jul 06, 2010 5:43 am

CBakwin wrote:So I take it that Crampons and Ice axe are not needed?

That's correct.
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Postby CBakwin » Sat Jul 10, 2010 11:35 pm

thanks Taco, climbed it yesterday via Anderson Pass. Perfect conditions!
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