Was the entire traverse from Red Saddle over to the north side of the horn snow covered?
Any estimate on how long it might last?
No, there was a slight ledge of rock and scree that you walked down to get to the snow. I can't remember exactly but we probably traversed most of the way under the South Horn. The first picket I placed was in almost a snow dihedral extending down between the horns. Once you get over the snow ridge, it was lower angled and just a short distance more of snow. You then walked on another rock/scree ledge up to the north side of the North Horn.
The snow stayed really hard until about 10 am and then turned soft pretty quick. I banged a few pickets in and it felt like hard snow for maybe 8 to 10 inches down and then softer underneath. I really have no way to judge how fast it will melt out but if you are going to do Jefferson, I would not wait too long.
Maybe when one of the others submit their photos, it will show it better.
This photo I took shows everything to the right of the ridge. The other side was short and much lower angle.
did they solo the entire traverse back>?
what do you think of doing that area, both ways, unropped.?
congratulations on the summit.!!
Thanks. Yeah, they did it unroped. I placed pickets for the traverse and used them both ways although we had a less-experienced team. It was much easier ascending in hard snow than coming back when it was a bit more slushy. It all depends what you are comfortable with although it was not as steep as I expected.
Thanks for the comments.
sounds good. thanks.