|Hiking||5.50 Miles|| 5 Hrs 40 Mns || ||0.97 mph|
|3,380 ft AEG|| || || |
It was a banner day for Snowbowl. The powder was deep and the winds below treeline were light. Given the snow conditions, I made really good time heading up hill. I managed to follow some ski tracks until they turned back. I had been doing really well, but after the tracks ended I slowed down. Even though the cornice above treeline appeared to be hard, it was not. Sometimes soft and deep, sometimes firm, I had to stay with my snowshoes to move uphill. I would have switched over to crampons on the ridge, but the winds were on the high side. As always, when I bring my camera I over shoot. I put everything up to illustrate the "fun I had in the snow", as per a forum thread.
I had nice conditions on top and cramponed down directly off the peak to around 11,600' when I went back over to snowshoes. From then on down I was making really good time descending. Sometime I sprinted downhill. Nothing like running down the Allison Clay in 10 minutes. Seriously, I did the lower 1/3 to 1/2 in 10 minutes. My legs felt it.
3 1/2 hours up, but only 2 hours 10 minutes down. Really good times given the 4 feet of fresh snow, I think.
|I think Monsoon season will begin around June 20, plus or minus 5 days, not by the calendar according to the NWS, but when dew points rise dramatically, and it begins to rain over the Sacramento Mountains. It will start about 10 days later in Arizona.|