Charlie, that usual snowbank on Giant-Little Dives seemed rather impassable to me. It is protruding out a fair way and I wasn't game to try it. Not sure if Rick used any gear but as a flatlander I am impressed that he didn't find it an obstacle.
There is way less snow than last year on the Little Giant side.
--- On Fri, 19/6/09, Charles Thorn <thorncha@...> wrote:
From: Charles Thorn <thorncha@...>
Subject: [hr100] More Hardrock Course Conditions
To: "HR100List" <email@example.com>
Received: Friday, 19 June, 2009, 12:01 PM
I just read Ben Woodbeck's fine description of sections of the
Hardrock course that he's been on in the past few days. Ben's photos
really give the idea of what it's like out there. I had just talked
to Rick Hodges who has been in Silverton for a week or two running the
course. I'll add a few comments Rick provided:
1. Little Giant to Cunningham has the usual snow/ice field at the
traverse. It's melting and Rick had little trouble getting over it.
2. Cunninghan to Maggie is passable. There is the usual snowbank on
the divide above Buffalo Boy. It's serious now but melting.
3. Maggie to Pole Creek. No problem with a few snow fields. Melting fast.
4. Grouse to Burrows Park. Pretty much what Ben described in
American Basin. (Ben's photo tells a lot more that the proverbial 100
words.) Rick reported mostly continuous snow up from American Basin
past Sloan Lake to the switchbacks below Handies. Handies has the
snow cornice on the north side descent into Grizzly Gulch but Rick had
no trouble there. Rick thinks there will be snow left there on run
day. The trail is pretty much clear from the Handies Ridge down to
5. Bear Creek to Putnam. Trail is open to tree line. There is a lot
of snow in upper Putnam but melting.
Based on Rick's and Ben's reports, I think we will have a pretty much
average snow year on the Hardrock course up high. The lower
elevations will probably be dryer than average.
Who else has been out?
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