Look who we ran into on our...

Look who we ran into on our way down the summit. David Kantola and his friend Vincenzo coming back on the traverse to Red Saddle. They had just completed the Whitewater Glacier route.

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cluck

cluck - Aug 9, 2004 3:34 pm - Hasn't voted

still snow?

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?



Cluck

Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins - Aug 9, 2004 6:53 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: still snow?

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.

Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins - Aug 9, 2004 6:54 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: still snow?

This photo I took shows everything to the right of the ridge. The other side was short and much lower angle.

woozler30

woozler30 - Aug 10, 2004 12:57 am - Hasn't voted

A+

sweeeet pic..!!!



did they solo the entire traverse back>?



what do you think of doing that area, both ways, unropped.?



congratulations on the summit.!!



Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins - Aug 10, 2004 1:08 am - Hasn't voted

Re: A+

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.

woozler30

woozler30 - Aug 10, 2004 1:24 am - Hasn't voted

Re: A+

sounds good. thanks.

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