1. It is possible to do the Neve in a day. It took me 12 hours parking lot to parking lot. It is necessary to move fast. I was bagged after the trip. For greater personal pleasure, consider taking 2 or 3 days.
2. Traveling solo I took no rope, shovel or probe, but I just couldn't leave the beacon behind. I rationalized that if I was buried by someone else triggering an avalanche from above then they might be able to locate me.
3. I took skins (obviously), ski-crampons, which were excellent for the steeper section on the ascent and kick wax for the lake, which meant that I didn't have to put my skins back on at all after the col above the Sentinel Glacier. I was using T2 plastic tele-boots and an aging pair of Tua Escalator skis.
4. Everything else: light=fast=safe. If in doubt, leave it behind (except sunscreen).
5. The condition of the Neve was good and I never had problems with weak snow bridges. All crevasses were obvious (and huge) and easy to avoid. THIS MIGHT BE DIFFERENT LATER IN THE SEASON OR DURING A WARM WINTER WHEN SNOW BRIDGES COULD BE ROTTEN AND WEAK. The main places where crevasse danger may be encountered is on the Sentinel Glacier and if you accidentally descend into the North Pitt Glacier east of the Sharkfin. You are very clearly responsible for your own decision of whether or not to travel.
6. Be especially conscious about avalanche conditions if considering a solo trip.
7. A compass may not be accurate everywhere on the Neve, due to magnetite-bearing volcanics, especially in the area around The Tent and The... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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