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Kearsarge Pass conditions

Postby Romain » Wed May 26, 2010 5:16 am

Has anyone been over Kearsarge Pass or over to Rae Lakes recently? How were the snow conditions, any postholing? Thanks...
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Postby SkyPilot84 » Wed May 26, 2010 4:23 pm

We hiked up to the pass two weekends ago. On the descent (~10:30 a.m. - 12), we postholed a few times, but I probably would not have bothered to put snowshoes on even if we brought them. I'm guessing that, in the afternoon, postholing would have been more of a problem.

There was quite a bit of snow. I posted some pics here:
http://picasaweb.google.com/cunelson/Ke ... ssDayhike#
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Postby Deb » Mon May 31, 2010 4:19 am

Oh, I was sure hoping to see some pics of Gould. Would like to do a ski decent off that puppy next week. Snow coverage looks awesome over Pothole, any shots of Gould?
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Postby Blair » Mon May 31, 2010 6:28 am

Hot Damn!

By the looks of those shots Deb, we may be able to ski some of it!

Thanks for posting those pics, hopefully someone this holiday weekend can post up too
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Postby OOG » Mon May 31, 2010 8:29 am

Mount Gould as of 4:00 pm this afternoon

http://www.summitpost.org/album/625287/ ... 30-10.html

I'll add more pics later, its been a long day
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Postby Blair » Mon May 31, 2010 6:35 pm

Thanks OOG :!:
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Postby KathyW » Mon May 31, 2010 7:22 pm

Not Kearsarge Pass, but just north of there - I was on Diamond Peak yesterday. The snow conditions were perfect - I was able to just glide along on top and no suncups. Patchy snow starts about 9500' with lots of snow above 10000'. It seems to be about an average snow year in that area (nothing like 2005).

I've been uploading some pics:

http://kathywing.smugmug.com/gallery/12374183_EeLcF#884465446_Yt8M5
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Postby Blair » Thu Jun 03, 2010 7:33 pm

Thanks wingding 8)

Nice pics and climb too
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Postby Blair » Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:27 pm

Some friends and I went up University Peak North face on 6-6-10. We skiied down late, dropping in after 430pm and the snow was very soft and soupy, with tired legs, making it a tough descent, but great turns and fun nontheless.

Heres a shot at the bottom of the NF after we descended
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Looking over to Kearsarge pass and coming up the trail, i can say that it is still mostly snow from the matlock lake trail crossing all the way to the pass. We could see the bootpack switchbacking up above pothole lake up to the pass. The snow was soft yesterday.
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Postby Romain » Tue Jun 08, 2010 6:45 pm

Here are the photos of my recent trip over Kearsarge, Glen Pass, up Mount Clarence King, and down North Dragon Pass - LOTS of snow, but melting very fast.
http://picasaweb.google.com/Romain.Wacz ... renceKing#
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Postby Blair » Wed Jun 09, 2010 5:23 pm

Great pictures Romain, looks like you guys had a great time.

Got a nice laugh when I saw the Canadian Mist....thought I was the only one who brought that crap in the backcountry :lol:

LOTS of snow still...
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Postby pdavester » Thu Jun 17, 2010 5:12 pm

Great pictures Romain!

I am planning on taking a newbie over kearsarge pass next monday (6-21) and was curious if anyone has any more recent photos or description of snow cover. Will we need to bring ice ax/crampons? The newbie I am taking has never traversed snow so I am a little worried if it still looks like it did when Romain went. If conditions are still like that, I need to find another destination.

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