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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-02-2014, 04:21 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone been up the trail to Wedge Mountain lately? What are conditions like on the trail, and on the glacier? Any slots opened up yet?
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 06-02-2014, 09:16 PM
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Here you go (this past Sunday):



You'll hit snow somewhere around the last third of the trail...non-supportive, post-holing, soul-destroying slush....
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DPM - did you guys go for NF or Arete?
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 06-02-2014, 09:44 PM
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Some lovely pics.
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[quote]Some lovely pics. /quote]
I agree with Larry!

[quote]You'll hit snow somewhere around the last third of the trail...non-supportive, post-holing, soul-destroying slush..../quote]

This is exactly the stuff I'm looking for! I love that kind of snow....

What time of day were you going over it?
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Thanks for the comments re: photos - this past Sunday was one of those stellar days when even the least-talented photographer can't help but take great shots.

thecamel: we hiked up with intention of doing the arete, but after experiencing how unsupportive the snow was on the way in and chatting with a few other parties about the conditions (and after getting some forecasts from home that predicted the freezing level at 3000+ metres), we decided on Saturday night to abandon our plans and sleep in - we had a lazy morning and went up Mount Cook instead (where I took the photos) - however, we could see that two climbers did summit via the arete while we were doing our hike....so we chose wrong (and now, if I am ever going to finally cross the arete off of my list, I still have to hike up that bloody trail yet again...).

trail_blazer3: it was late in the afternoon on Saturday when we came up the trail. The Saturday/Sunday overnight temperatures near the lake did get close to freezing. At 6:00 a.m. there was a bit of harder crust that formed overnight, but I was still punching through, even without my pack on my back.

On the plus side, we did get to see a wolverine running over the snowfields on Cook.
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Dpm: so it was you we met on the way up
Hard work for sure especially with heavier packs.
I was sure you are going to make it. But it is going to be more fun in the right conditions.
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