Joined: Fri Nov 19, 2004 8:41 pm Posts: 1622 Location: Santa Cruz, CA
The cornices there are HUGE right now. Did anyone see today's ESAC advisory? According to the Tuolomne rangers, "It has been 23 years since we have had this much snow on the ground in April." It would have been interesting to cut a cornice, but I would only consider it for the tiniest of tiny. Those things can break way further back than you might think... this is exactly what happened to Bill from TPR, and I would guess he knew the area pretty well. Unfortunately I think that dropping rocks and cornices would have just told us what we already knew from the pit, which is that it just wasn't the right time for the big lines. Believe me, I wanted to drop those lines more than anyone.
Of course, if Ecobrad had been there, we would have had the additional option of just sending him down first.