Feeling the need for a little something different from my normal Saturday training, I decided to head up the Basin to see what the late spring conditions were like. So I grabbed my Z-Poles and KTS crampons and decided to see how far I could get before deep snow, time, or good sense turned me around. I made it near the saddle at the base of the final push to Hyndman Peak before the flat light made it hard to discern the edges of the frozen and still snow covered run-off lakes. Being alone and not wanting to hazard a break-through-the-ice emergency, I decided to head back down.
Seems it'll be another month before enough snow melts to reveal the standard route to the top. Come late June, I'll be back up there, with fitter legs and no crampons.
|Just entering the basin. Hyndman Peak far right.|
|Basin still pretty much all snow, with nice crust cruising. Here, about mid-way up.|
|Not too far from the saddle (near my left heal) between Hyndman (not pictured) and Old Hyndman (in background) .|