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November 17, 2019
Black Prince Cirque
Élaine and I hiked into the tarns at Black Prince and then donned our snowshoes to continue up to the fan due west of the tarns. We made it up to the ¨pinch point¨above the fan before stopping for lunch. There was only 30 cm of wet snow running to ground. Some wet sloughs were observed off the steeper slopes, not surprising as the temperature was around 5 C and there was a very sporadic rain adding weight to the thin snowpack. It needs another 30 cm to cover the natural hazards and be skiable.
Started at Highwood pass at 2pm.; -8; way (!) more snow than anticipated; headed NW, then W thru the woods & out into the bowl just NE of Pocaterra Cirque. Encountered several groups of Alpine tourers coming out …all with big grins.
North facing aspects had at least 15cm fresh over a crust plus ‘blow in’ in pockets that was making me wish I was on skis!!! Next time…
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