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Re: Royce Lakes Area

Postby 96avs01 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:29 am

Has anyone been in the area recently? Would greatly appreciate confirmation that both Merriam-Royce saddle and Royce-Feather col are snow/ice-free and the pons/axe can stay at home. TIA
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Re: Royce Lakes Area

Postby Vitaliy M. » Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:48 am

And update on Feather couloir would be great
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Re: Royce Lakes Area

Postby mrchad9 » Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:22 am

96avs01 wrote:Has anyone been in the area recently? Would greatly appreciate confirmation that both Merriam-Royce saddle and Royce-Feather col are snow/ice-free and the pons/axe can stay at home. TIA

Merriam-Royce is 100% snow free as of July 29. Royce-Feather was wall to wall snow and ax was needed to descend in the afternoon back then. I would take one now without new information. Did not take or use crampons and glad I didn't, but might have needed them in the morning and some folks might want them regardless.

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Vitaliy M. wrote:And update on Feather couloir would be great


Looks like it was snow covered back then.

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Re: Royce Lakes Area

Postby 96avs01 » Thu Aug 23, 2012 2:20 pm

Thanks Chad! Anyone else have any info since the end of July?

VM - will try to get you some good shots of the Feather Coulie.

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Re: Royce Lakes Area

Postby Kahuna » Thu Aug 23, 2012 3:47 pm

DAMN!

There is far more snow (all three years the snow/ice line only came down to lower mouth) in the Royce/Feather gig than there was two, three aaannnnnd four years ago.

Just goes to show you that term drought is all relative.

TFPU Chad.


PS: Looks like some major ass sun cups though. And with the recent TSers and heavy down pours, I would not be a bet surprised to find more ice and than snow beginning to show itself. Thaw/freeze's after the rain.
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Re: Royce Lakes Area

Postby Vitaliy M. » Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:55 pm

96avs01 wrote:Thanks Chad! Anyone else have any info since the end of July?

VM - will try to get you some good shots of the Feather Coulie.

Cheers



Would be awesome, thanks.
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Re: Royce Lakes Area

Postby mlca » Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:31 pm

Top of Royce Merriam Saddle last Wednesday. No snow. Didn't make it over to Feather because we bailed due to weather.

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Re: Royce Lakes Area

Postby KathyW » Mon Aug 27, 2012 9:37 am

I was up the Pine Creek Trail recently and see that the trail wreckers have been up there since my last trek up that trail a few years back - a lot more mule stairs and even some new switchbacks - such a shame.
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Re: Royce Lakes Area

Postby mrchad9 » Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:39 am

Based on my post above and current snow conditions I'd take an ice ax. But haven't been this year.
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