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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-01-2015, 09:47 PM Thread Starter
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I've done Golden Ears maybe 4 or 5 times 20+ years ago and without crampons, etc. Is the snowfield steep enough that this equipment is recommended? I'm not going to go by my experience from when I was possibly taking greater risks than I would now.

Anyone been up lately? The snowfield's still there right?!
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I was there about 4 weeks ago and went in runners. You won't have to worry about crampons, especially with the snow level being so low this year. There is no snow on the trail at all.

If anything prepare for the relentless attack from the bugs.
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Thanks Dom. By no snow on the trail are you including the snowfield near the top? I can't remember if the snowfield is easily bypassed and wanted to get a feel for steepness, thinking about runout. I'll be heading out with fit but fairly inexperienced people. Here's a blurb from the park's site:

"The ascent of the North Ear is made from the left (east) side across a permanent snowfield. Extreme caution is advised and proper equipment is recommended. Drinking water may be scarce in dry weather between Alder Flats and the snowfield."
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 07-03-2015, 01:44 AM
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Snowfield is quite small right and in pieces as seen from Robie Reid on Monday. I wouldn`t count on on any water from Alder Flats until then.

PM me your e-mail if you want a detailed photo.
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It seemed silly to worry about a water source from a snowfield that's permanent by definition but I have to admit the heat's had me wondering. I'll pm for the pic, thanks!
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From our one and only experience on G. Ears, that snowfield is easily avoided by staying left after the shelter.

A good distance away and taken on the 21st, but perhaps this picture may help you somewhat.

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Thanks John. A distant shot but it sure tells a story of this winter/summer.
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John, where are you in this photo?
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John, where are you in this photo?
Mt. Martyn. No rock scrambling, so not something you would be interested in.
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That's a nice photo. Couldn't figure for few seconds, what the heck is that "polished rock" to the left till I realized it's your tent ;=))

Re Golden Ears; my trip was late summer couple of years ago & there was snowfield, but as John mentioned, I was also able to bypass to the left & stay on rock. I was able to refill water below the shelter, there were couple of solid streams to the (climber) right.
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Thanks. Yes I vaguely remember walking up the left side of the snow. I think when we did it early on, getting into hiking, we were just enticed by the snow and made our way up. Snow has a way of beckoning. Thanks for the tip on the water below the shelter. I was actually wondering about that.
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