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Re: Gannett Peak conditions

July 1 2009 at 3:00 PM
Anonymous  (Login bpetnoi)

Response to Gannett Peak conditions



I finally got so information for NOLS in Lander regarding Gannett today 7/1/2009.

I was told the Glacier Trail to Gannett just opened to the horse outfitter 4 days ago.
Clayton is usually able to get to his camp by mid June and sometimes as early as the first of June, but has not been able to do this for the last two years. Until four days ago he was not able to get his horses past Burro Flats at 10,800 feet which is the high point for the first day of walking.
NOLS believes that if we were going today we would be fighting snow in the trees until we reached the outfitters camp.
NOLS believes the trail should be passable to hikers at all points next week.
We might have to fight our way through some snow above 10,500 feet while in the trees above the outfitters camp to our high camp. It is good that this area is more open meadows than trees after we leave the outfitters camp.
NOLS believe there will be no issue with the snow bridge at the berg, but they do recommend roping up at all times when on the glaciers due to possible weak snow above the few crevasses which exist.
NOLS recommended we check out the twin crossing above the Dinwoody drainage which has in the past had logs placed across the two streams to provide dry crossing to high camp. They have no information regarding whether the logs are still in place or not.

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