Wandering Daisy wrote:If you use Junction Pass you have to go up the steep snow at the top of Shepherd Pass. I did not get to peek down at Shepherd Pass on my recent trip, but given snow conditions, I would expect some snow.
I was going to post a report on Shepherd Pass with pictures tomorrow, but I guess I'll chime in here now.
Don't worry about the snow on Shepherd. People have been bypassing the snow by cutting the switchbacks on the right side. There is currently only one very small section of snow to cross and it is easily done by using the current steps or kicking your own steps.
Many people are using the pass with no problem because of snow. The loose scree is a PITA with a full pack. I hope to get some pictures posted tomorrow.
"...Or have you only comfort, and the lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host and then a master?"