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Jul 14, 2011
Rubicon J Tree CA
I saw a few posts a couple of weeks ago regarding the approach to spearhead, has anyone been up there in the last few days? Just curious what kind of snow gear if any was required for the approach? I appreciate any advice I will haul the shoes if need be but would rather not as you can expect. Thanks in advance! David Hodges
From Parker, Colorado
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Jul 15, 2011
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I took a photo today looking down that way from the summit of Pagoda. Here - I will post it for ya. Things look good in there right now if a little soggy. As far as snow conditions for our route - (Crescent Ridge on Pagoda) snowshoes were not needed nor were crampons but an ice axe came in handy on the way down. Alan
Conditions photo for Glacier Gorge.  RMNP.  July 1...
Conditions photo for Glacier Gorge. RMNP. July 14th 2011. Taken from the summit of Pagoda
Alan Ream
From Lafayette CO
Joined Feb 8, 2006
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Jul 15, 2011
Rubicon J Tree CA
Alan, good pic, I appreciate it. David Hodges
From Parker, Colorado
Joined May 11, 2006
1,794 points
Jul 15, 2011
photo by Forest Woodward
Spent all of the past week camped up in that cirque, just got back. Conditions are prime up there; snow is melting out quickly, the grass is green, and there's a ton of water everywhere.

On the approach, you'll cross a bit of snow around Black Lake, hiking up into the upper gorge, and getting to the base of the Spearhead. All is soft and easily manageable in tennis shoes. No need for 'pons, axes, etc.

The rock itself is mostly dry, definitely good to go.

Have fun.
Scott Bennett
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Sep 4, 2011
Intruder, 5.11+. Zion National Park. Photo: Matt K...
How is it up there these days? Looking at doing The Barb or North Ridge next week. September can be hit or miss up there? Andy Hansen
From Longmont, Colorado
Joined Sep 26, 2009
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Sep 4, 2011
Pure bliss..
Andy Hansen wrote:
How is it up there these days? Looking at doing The Barb or North Ridge next week. September can be hit or miss up there?


It's in brilliant shape right now, brilliant. Watch out for alot of water seeping while climbing, but excellent all things considered.
Hank Caylor
From Golden, CO
Joined Dec 9, 2003
589 points
Sep 4, 2011
A friend and I was up there a couple of weekends ago, we did both the Barb and North ridge and both routes were dry. There is still snow at the base, you can easily get around it and the start of the Barb is free of snow. clemay
From Boulder, CO
Joined Sep 21, 2007
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Sep 8, 2011
We were there this last last weekend. We lucked out with perfect day & night temps and 0 storms. We did the Southeast Arete or something like that(I don't think it's listed on this site) and the Barb. Typical alpine climbing where you might run into some grassy wet spots, but otherwise, fun fun fun! There were some loud dudes(aka bull elks) in the area cruising for chicks. KarlyS
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