TR Mt. Adams by Kings Ravine trail 12/16
IS IT FINALLY WINTER ON THE MTN ?????
so regular start time from Appalachia, perhaps 7 ish. my kinda conditions 30's with lots of wind (20-30 knts) and poor visibility, 2nd punch of cold front moving through with "high wind advisory"... ahh beautiful day for a walk in the woods that reminded me of why I travel halfway across the country every winter to visit your beautiful mountain region :->
Anyways, the start of the trail was clear: no snow but quite a bit of water trickling down.
After a miles or so a little dusting of snow, around the short line junction, but no concern nor need for any traction
Near the Kings Ravine junction started to look like a winter mountain, but still not very deep snow so most people would be fine bare boots.
Little further up, where it starts to become a real mountain, the ravine had mixed ice / exposed rock so I threw on the Crampons...
I was heading for one of the technical climbs up the ravine wall but I did not top out as the conditions were poor - little sketchy with snow pack not quite filled in and big holes between rocks - and I just wasn't really feeling it today, kinda hung over...
The climbs - Kings little secret etc - did not look like they were really filled in yet... give it a few weeks ... but if you're dying they're probably are climbable; I'd just throw a little rock protection on the the climbing harness in addition to the ice screws. Of course the more stuff on your rack the better of and safer your day will be I've heard Huntington's is a go though???
Wish I had some pics to share, but as usual only cell pics since I go light, and I won't disrespect by posting that crap... Perhaps another old shot from out west this spring will make up for it
Mt Whitney from visitor center @ end of climbing day when I was returning permit bags... I liked the flag in foreground... BTW Whitney is a great climb with stunning views up there
Last edited by smithtim; 12-17-2011 at 08:38 AM.
'when it starts to hurt your nearly halfway and probably should get out those ropes & put your crampons on"