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Re: South Shore of Lake Italy

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:09 pm
by robertseeburger
I did a TR two years ago I believe, where I encountered the same snow fields. It was October , so the remaining snow was very hard.
But instead of using traction devices, I went UNDER..wading through the lake. It never got above the knees. I think I posted pics of it.
There were two sections to wade.

Re: South Shore of Lake Italy

Posted: Mon Sep 09, 2019 6:09 pm
by Bishop_Bob
robertseeburger wrote:
Mon Sep 09, 2019 4:09 pm
I did a TR two years ago I believe, where I encountered the same snow fields. It was October , so the remaining snow was very hard.
But instead of using traction devices, I went UNDER..wading through the lake. It never got above the knees. I think I posted pics of it.
There were two sections to wade.
Now *that's* thinking outside of the box! =D>

Re: South Shore of Lake Italy

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:30 am
by stringbop
I found a patch of snow that was only about 30 feet wide, so I grabbed a rock to dig in steps with. But in doing so halfway thru, dropped my hiking stick, so then had to backtrack and drop down and dig in new steps to grab the pole. Then go back up and finish the process. Made it across and down to the lake to see the snow had melted far back enough I could of just walked thru inches of water on the shore!! DOH

Re: South Shore of Lake Italy

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2019 1:16 pm
by Mike M.
Off topic a bit because it does not involve negotiating a steep snowfield, but I remember hiking from Gabbott Pass to Italy Pass via the south shore of Lake Italy in a normal snow year, and it was a tedious, dreadful talus trudge, to be avoided at all costs. A note to my self in my trail journal said: don't do that again -- hike around the lake via the north shore and save yourself a lot of grief. Doubly so if you are worried about a slick snow field.

Mike M.