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#55308 - 06/04/19 08:55 PM Have July 4th Day Permit
Warmhands Offline

Registered: 07/03/18
Posts: 2
Loc: El Cajon
Hi! Assuming there will be a lot of snow and probably ascending the chute for my first time. Should I buy crampons or just rent them? Have poles and ice axe and summitted last year same time but very little snow. Going with other experienced chute hikers.

#55342 - 06/08/19 10:18 PM Re: Have July 4th Day Permit [Re: Warmhands]
Steve C Offline

Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7907
Loc: Fresno, CA
You'll be able to use the switchbacks. microspikes or crampons would be helpful. I descended the switchers yesterday comfortably with hiking poles with snow baskets, and crampons.

#55350 - 06/09/19 12:47 PM Re: Have July 4th Day Permit [Re: Steve C]
penny Offline

Registered: 05/24/19
Posts: 8
I am going up main trail on June 27. There is a lot of conflicting info on various sites about trail conditions. I was hoping to avoid the Shute and use the switchbacks. Does that seem feasible on that date? I will here poles, ice axe and crampons.