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post #1048 of (permalink) Old 05-10-2013, 09:11 AM
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The backcountry is going to be all about how warm it stays over night and how quickly it warms up in the day. If you see water at the top of the pass in the AM, it is probably not a good day to go out. Stuff needs to freeze. I wouldn't be surprised if it is too warm to be out there by 11am. The biggest worry out there is that with the persistent deep slab instability still lurking is that the west slides have a good chance to go to the ground. West slides are normally slow beasts but very powerful. They do tend to be easier to deal with. If it goes to the ground, it will not only be powerful but probably fast moving. Much higher consequence. It has just been a problematic year at best. We knew this was coming with all of the October snow fall and then the long dry spell. October snow is never a good thing.

The other problems are that where it is traditionally safer is not so good with this warm up. IE, in the trees. Yet the open bowls at Loveland have their problems too.
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