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Offline Nico

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Ground Conditions above treeline?
« on: March 16, 2017, 11:57:19 am »
Does anyone know what conditions are like underfoot above treeline late this week? Lots of rock? Lots of snow? Is it crampons, microspikes, Snowshoes - or all three??

Headed to Gray Knob and then maybe Jefferson with some newbies.

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Re: Ground Conditions above treeline?
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2017, 01:06:00 pm »
snowshoes and microspikes at a minimum. 22-26" of snow on Mt Washington! CONSIDERABLE danger up there...
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Re: Ground Conditions above treeline?
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2017, 08:29:12 pm »
For Jefferson from the west I'd say the minimum is micro-spikes and crampons right now. If for any reason you need to bail off the ridge onto unbroken trail snowshoes will make a huge difference. For the less travelled Northern Presi's I think I'd bring all three if I was overnighting...