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Re: 11-17 December, MRNP (PHOTOS ADDED)
« Reply #25 on: 12/23/16, 07:28 AM »

First, it was brought to my attention that I misspelled Muir, thanks for pointing it out.  I apologize and it has been corrected. 

Second, Big thanks to Amar for posting up the weather data, really cool to have that data to connect with the trip.  We brought a sat phone with us, but was much less concerned with overall air temps and more concerned with amount of precip and cloud cover. 

Third, the temps.  It definitely was cold.  Alex and I had been tracking the temps leading up to the trip, and planning on the circumnav we would be prepared for any temp range, including brutally cold.  When we bailed on the circumnav and decided to stick around Muir, we were already prepared for these very cold temperatures.  Alex has been up on Denali in 2014 and I have been out in the Northeast for the last two years, so the cold temps were nothing greatly new to either of us, just a matter of having the appropriate layer system (and wearing it on schedule, which I did not do very well on Tuesday). 

Something else that was pretty powerful was the thermal affect of the sun, even though it didn't really actually help the air temp, the energy and motivation is pretty warming.  Our very early morning starts and our late afternoon finishes were definitely the coldest. 

The cold temps, and relatively low winds, REALLY helped maintain unbelievable snow conditions.  The snow at multiple times/locations was simply blower, the cold smoke type that you can literally blow into a cloud of smoke from your open hand ... these conditions hardly ever occur in the PNW, and not normally for a long period.  Being higher on the mountain helped keep the temps cold, and finding the sheltered non-sun affected aspects also helped find the goods. 

The snow seemed very continental, although with a maritime snowpack; we did not see any of the avalanche issues normally associated with such cold snow/climate.  We found none of the PWL that was reported, and found pretty well bonded layers with improving stability.  Friday on Little T the snowpack was about as trucker as you can find, but with epically good surface snow. 

We have some more early morning shots from the lower Ingraham I'll try and post up tonight or tomorrow. 
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Re: 11-17 December, MRNP (PHOTOS ADDED)
« Reply #26 on: 12/23/16, 01:35 PM »

Wow, great pics. Love the Lil-T turns. Solid effort.
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Re: 11-17 December, MRNP (PHOTOS ADDED)
« Reply #27 on: 12/24/16, 10:08 AM »

Lower Ingraham. 


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Re: 11-17 December, MRNP (PHOTOS ADDED)
« Reply #28 on: 12/24/16, 10:08 AM »

Lower Ingraham. 


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Re: 11-17 December, MRNP (PHOTOS ADDED)
« Reply #29 on: 12/24/16, 10:09 AM »

Lower Ingraham. 


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