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Conditions Inquiry: Chicago Basin and Grenadier Range
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Jun 20, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Global Village, Red River Gorge KY
Looking for recent conditions info on the San Juans in the Weminuche and surrounding areas between 9,000 and 14,000 ft. Specifically I'' be heading in the Vestal Basin and Chicago Basin and the peaks around them. I've been looking at the snotel sites and would love to hear suggestions on any additional data sources as well.

Photos of the Chicago Basin and Vestal basin over the last few days count as data sources. Thanks!
WDW4
Joined Feb 6, 2012
159 points
Jun 20, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Clipping the last bolt before the roof. Fun climb,...
Not sure but if you call the ranger district, they will hook you up with all the info you need. Dan Cooksey
From Colorado Springs
Joined Jan 7, 2014
285 points
Jun 20, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Global Village, Red River Gorge KY
Thanks Dan, I've called and the info they have now is two weeks old (a bit surprising!) - just that the snowline was about 10,500 feet at that time. Any other info out there? WDW4
Joined Feb 6, 2012
159 points
Jun 20, 2016
I called today...snowline at 11,000. Heading there Wednesday... Wish I had more info as well. David Michael 1
Joined Jun 20, 2016
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Jun 20, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Clipping the last bolt before the roof. Fun climb,...
Bummer. Usually those guys and gals are on top of things. You may get some beta from San Juan or Peak Mountain guides in Ouray?

Or perhaps Ouray Mountain Sports, the gear shop in town.
Dan Cooksey
From Colorado Springs
Joined Jan 7, 2014
285 points
Jun 20, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Global Village, Red River Gorge KY
I'll look them up, thanks Dan! I head out July 1, David, so if you get back before then I'd love to hear what you find. WDW4
Joined Feb 6, 2012
159 points
Jun 20, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Shelf Road
We stayed near Purgatory this weekend and it looked the the recent heat had cooked off a fair bit of snow. We did some fishing near Cascade Creek and I snapped a picture of some surrounding hills. Potato Mtn on the left and Snowdon behind I think. This photo was taken from the West looking Northeast at the hills.

Not great beta but gives a little visual of the snow conditions in the area.

Cheers!


Rock Climbing Photo: Mtns.
Mtns.
Nate Allen
From Denver, CO
Joined Nov 16, 2011
15 points
Jun 20, 2016
I would hold off. Still snow up high depending on aspect. Wham ridge still has patches. George Foster
Joined Oct 15, 2015
5 points
Jun 20, 2016
Oops. Didn't read fully. I think by July with the current crazy heat wave many objectives will be clear. George Foster
Joined Oct 15, 2015
5 points
Jun 20, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: en route to wham ridge  Photo by Carl Schnitker
Vestal Basin usually has snow until mid-late july. Chicago basin will probably clear out a bit earlier. eli poss
From Durango, Co
Joined May 9, 2014
427 points
Jun 21, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Global Village, Red River Gorge KY
Thanks for the PhotoBeta Nate and the prediction Eli! Keep it coming! WDW4
Joined Feb 6, 2012
159 points
Jun 21, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: en route to wham ridge  Photo by Carl Schnitker
For what it's worth spud hill is now clear of snow with the exception of the north aspect and there is little snow left in the needles (the range in the right side of the photo). I'm not sure how relevant this actually is, though, as chicago basin is West and slightly south of the needles and the grenadiers are north west of the needles. eli poss
From Durango, Co
Joined May 9, 2014
427 points
Jun 22, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Profile pic taken at Muir Beach.
Vestal is good to go and being climbed regularly. As I was heading up the trail two days ago I passed 9 people coming down after climbing it.

They had all taken a higher approach between Vestal and West Trinity apparently. We waded through the creek in the flat meadow at about 11,400' and took the trail up to the Vestal/Arrow saddle with minimal snow travel. This is a great approach and the way I usually go.

Here's a few pics:

Rock Climbing Photo: Vestal and Arrow from the Beaver Ponds.
Vestal and Arrow from the Beaver Ponds.


Rock Climbing Photo: Minimal snow on the approach.
Minimal snow on the approach.


Rock Climbing Photo: Good view looking down.
Good view looking down.


Rock Climbing Photo: Summit.
Summit.


Enjoy!
Gary N
From Durango, CO
Joined Jul 26, 2010
568 points
Jun 22, 2016
Rock Climbing Photo: Global Village, Red River Gorge KY
Thanks a ton Gary! WDW4
Joined Feb 6, 2012
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