Peak:  "Drift Peak" (13er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Tenmile
 Posted By:  jbealer
 Date of Info:  05/17/2020
 Date Posted:  05/18/2020
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Since there has been no new report thought i would add one. snow was firm in the morning, 6am start. spikes were used on the assent, some great boot steps on the upper ridge. by noon i was postholing on the return down the mid section of the ridge in spots and then put snowshoes on to come down the last slope, the one filled with cornices that i traveled farther down towards the trees and kept them on for the road leading back to the parking lot. you could do with out if you don't mind sinking some, i carried the dang things up there so i put them on. about that cornice slope.... i went up the middle of it where there seemed to be old steps and did not see any melt activity below it, i decided once over it that i would not go back that way (soft snow by then). you can go far left and bypass them, or right which is how i came back. the cornices on the ridge seemed fine to me, right now, i did sink on the return some so watch where you walk. i found it to be a great day out, only hiker, everyone else was on skies.


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