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    Lend a Hand

    Hey,
    Is the lend a hand trail going to hale typically broken out in the winter? Planning a nobo bonds traverse for Saturday and Hale would be my final winter 48.

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    I wouldn't expect it to be broken out but you never know. Looks like someone did it on 2/17 on a traverse and it was OK but I don't know that it is a popular option in Winter.

    EDIT: Actually, as I go through the reports on NETC it looks like a reference to the route at least every 2 weeks or so. Guess it has become somewhat more popular than I remember it. Don't travel that way much in Winter. Should at least have some evidence of a track to follow unless new snow has really drifted it in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DayTrip View Post
    I wouldn't expect it to be broken out but you never know. Looks like someone did it on 2/17 on a traverse and it was OK but I don't know that it is a popular option in Winter.

    EDIT: Actually, as I go through the reports on NETC it looks like a reference to the route at least every 2 weeks or so. Guess it has become somewhat more popular than I remember it. Don't travel that way much in Winter. Should at least have some evidence of a track to follow unless new snow has really drifted it in.
    People do tag it from the hut with some frequency. It probably gets a lot less use by day hikers unless they're doing a very big day.
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    Sounds good. If there is less than 6” of fresh powder I’ll go for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VinnieG View Post
    Sounds good. If there is less than 6 of fresh powder Ill go for it.
    I've broken trail from the summit down to the hut and it wasn't bad - the corridor was pretty obvious and trail finding wasn't an issue.

    Given that it's a NOBO hike, you'll have the opportunity to make the decision at the junction with the Twinway instead of getting the news at the summit. Although for some extra fun, you could bushwhack to the Northwest/North once you hit 3k' on the way down the Twinway to cutoff the corner. IIRC it's mostly hardwoods.
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    Ended up having to move the hike to Sunday. Was making great time to the top of Bondcliff but had to turn back at the summit. Wind was sustained 40-50 and was gusting so hard I could not stay on my feet. Looking at bonds exposed Ridge it was an easy decision to turn back. Going to try next weekend from Zealand.

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