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Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up at Crown Pass from the Hanes Valley.  F...
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Looking up at Crown Pass from the Hanes Valley. From the pass, Crown Mountain is on the right, Grouse Mountain on the left. This snowfield is quite a bit bigger than it looks in the picture and can be fun to kick steps up if the conditions are right and can last into June. In March and April this area is quite dangerous due to the very deep snow being undercut by water running along the ground. Numerous injuries and rescues have resulted from people planning to hike the Hanes Valley loop and not realizing that even if there's no snow at the trailhead it can be very serious up to the pass. A few years ago there was a rescue of fifteen or so people from a school hiking group.

Submitted By: Peter Spindloe on Apr 28, 2007
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