Texas Pass (Winds) in late July

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RyanP

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I'm considering doing the Texas Pass loop in the Winds in two weeks (big Sandy TH to Shadow lake to Texas Pass to Cirque to...), and was hoping to quiz the bcp community:

1. For Texas pass in late July this year, I should bring which of the following:
A) Crampons + ice axe
B) Microspikes + ice axe
C) Ice axe only
D) None of the above needed---hiking poles alone should be sufficient
E) Too dangerous to attempt solo even with equipment

2. What direction and time of day would be ideal for Texas pass in late July this year?

3. Should I bring snow/winter gaiters? (Not just for Texas pass, but for this trip in general).

I was tentatively planning on doing the loop clockwise, ascending the North side of Texas pass in the mid-morning, and bringing microspikes and an axe (but just my trail runners and summer gaiters, along with bread bags). I just bought my axe a few weeks ago, but have been out a couple of times to practice with it on slopes with similar angle (30 degrees or a little more---if Texas pass is much more than that, please let me know!). But I'm interested in hearing your input!

(Note: I am currently on a camping trip and have almost no reception, so I won't be able to respond to this thread for a while. I will be leaving on my winds backpacking trip right when I get home, though, so I appreciate any feedback!)
 
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OldBill

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Did that exact loop last year, but in September. I'd check with the GOS in Pinedale before you leave. Latest report shows Jackass Pass isn't bad. Texas holds more snow and has a good incline but still class 2. My guess is microspikes+poles, but check with GOS to be sure. I always make sure to be off passes by early afternoon, certainly during the summer. Shadow is an easy hike from the trailhead. Great camping. FWIW I always use midweight GTX+summer gaitors, but so many use trail runners successfully that it's unlikely to be any different. Maybe I'll see the light and switch at some point but I like warm feet up there in late September.

 

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