[pct-l] Mini-Crampons Unnecessary from the Columbia to Stevens Pass?

Roger Carpenter roger at elkpass.com
Wed Aug 6 15:35:50 CDT 2014

Last weekend a couple of section hikers made it across the Packwood Glacier without crampons, I assumed.  Southbounders were telling them the snow was soft enough and there was enough traction without crampons.  I observed the same conditions when I hiked to the glacier.

Roger Carpenter
Portland, Oregon U.S.
PCT So. Cal. 1995
PCT Mexico - Canada 1996

-------- Original message --------
From: harwoodcreek at gmail.com 
Date:08/06/2014  1:18 PM  (GMT-08:00) 
To: pct-l at backcountry.net 
Subject: [pct-l] Mini-Crampons Unnecessary from the Columbia to Stevens Pass? 

It sounds like snow has melted to the point that nothing more than poles
are necessary for safety through most of Washington State?  Is that
correct, even on the Packwood Glacier, or should I bring my mini-crampons?
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