sjarelkwint wrote:No ice to climb? Couloirs to go through? Ridges to scramble up?
Yes there's lots of ice but I'm not doing that this winter.
There's a few big gullies I can get to. But the ones I see are full of snow and deadfall. But I'm really afraid of the avalanche danger, in such a terrain trap. And a couple of friends have told me there's no way they'd even approach a gulley unless it was visibly dry, right to the top.
Ridge crests are the ideal. When the winds deposit drifts on the slopes, they scour the crests almost bare, leaving great hiking and scrambling terrain. The problem is to get up there. Ascending a few hundred meters of snow-drifted, forested, up-hill slope is really challenging! And there's still the snow-covered slabs and scree to cover, before I get to the crest.
Here's the view from last week's hike:
You can see, it's not really that terrible. But to get up there, I really must wait patiently for spring.
I'm feeling desperate.