4 of us were the first ones up the Bell cord, we saw no tracks today, so if someone else has been up there, tracks are gone. There are now nice steps as well as really deep post hole holes. We did cross some avy slides that were fairly new. Started at 2:30am later then hoped, sun hit cord close to 7am today. We reached the top at 9. The guy behind us moved much faster with us making steps. We did not bring snowshoes, snow was frozen in the morning heading to crater lake and to the exit for the cord but we suffered on the way back, crawling and cursing. Crampons and 2 axes in the cord. We did not go to any peak as the snow was melting fast. The route to maroon was holding snow and would have taken us to long. We had some rock fall and roller balls on the way up and down, but over all felt safe with conditions, we headed down the cord at 9:20am . We also saw 1 avalanche near the Y cord in the afternoon and one come off the upper ledges as we were heading down as well as more rock fall. Get early starts for this on. Will load pic later, on my camera.
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