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AI1-2 Mod. Snow
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|Type:||Trad, Ice, Snow, 4700 ft|
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|Shared By:||Taylor-B. on Sep 11, 2015|
|Admins:||Jared LaVacque, L. Von Dommelheimer|
DescriptionDuring the months of March and April this route is called "Tracked Ice" due to the amount of heli ski traffic that it sees. This is also an excellent route to do in the summer.
From mile marker 33 on the Richardson HWY locate the summer trail 100 meters north of the waterfall. Follow the creek bed up and gain the brushy shoulder on the east side of the creek and follow the climbers trail up into the alpine, about 1 hour to the alpine from the road. Cruise towards the snow/rock dome nunatak in front of Cracked Ice. You can go east or west around the nunatak. Traversing west brings you to the large hanging valley glacier by Python and the Cracked Ice Glacier tongue that is 35-40 steep alpine ice in the summer or snow in winter. The east side is a more gentle glacier that brings you to a col to access the Cracked Ice Glacier above the glacier tongue. The glaciers have some good sized cracks and bergshrunds, especially in the summer it can be difficult to gain the rocky summit pyramid due to shrunds.