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May 20, 2011, Bean Basin (Judys Peak)
« on: 05/20/11, 10:14 PM »

Can drive to Beverly Bean trailhead, easily, not even a single snow patch.
Maybe TOO easily, as the snow along the lower part after crossing the creek was very spotty and thin. Could only really start skinning at the second gully descending from Judys. Basin itself had several spots w creek and water melting thru. However, on the higher areas of the various peaks, cover still good.
Crossing the creek was not trivial, the log bridges didn't seem very secure and maybe had part washed out. Ended up just plunging thru, feet were already wet from postholing anyways. On way back water had risen another foot.
Original goal had been Earl but a lot of cumulus/borderline thunder clouds had been building over it whereas the Marys/Juys side stayed more sunny.
Earl gullies still seemed like had OK coverage but some ribs showing might put pic up later.
Pretty damn warm. Snow was fairly sticky. On skin up it seemed like it was going to be better corn (not much penetration and firm base) but ultimately a lot of suction in that top layer, not quite enough refreeze.
Good view over to Stuart Range, Clouds definitely building more as I returned to the car.
As has been noted before the Teanaway Road has a fair # of small washouts in first three miles, shouldn't stop typical passenger cars but definitely forces slowdowns to negotiate.
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