Peak:  Windom Peak (14er)
 Route:  West Ridge
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  Lichen
 Date of Info:  09/28/2020
 Date Posted:  10/02/2020

The attached photo of Windom's north face was taken from Sunlight Peak on 9/26/20. The extent of the snow patches when I climbed the West Ridge of Windom two days later was the same. Most of the West Ridge route follows the upper north face.

I walked on snow patches perhaps ten times. They were small, with the two largest being perhaps 6-l0' long. I am posting this report to let the snow-wary know that these patches stayed hard through mid-day. Almost all of the patches were flat, and good handholds were always available.

My only caution is to be especially careful if the sole of your boot gets wet from walking on the snow. If your next step is on a sloping rock, your foot may well slip. Just kick off excess snow on your boot before taking the step and maintain good contact with your hands and other foot.

I am not trying to discourage anyone from doing this route, which I found very enjoyable. I am a cautious climber and was never afraid on the route; nor did I hear any complaints from others.

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