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Old 11-04-2010, 01:28 PM   #2
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Sunset right now is 5:45 pm. That gives you a little bit less than 6 hours, if you start hiking right at noon. Maintaining a 1 mile an hour pace shouldn't be hard at all, although the going will be slow with full packs through avalanche pass.

As for winter conditions, expect them. I encountered 5 inches of snow on the summits of McKenzie and Moose two days ago, and they aren't even high peaks. There was also a fair amount of ice on the south side of McKenzie. Bring crampons and snowshoes for sure. I wouldn't be surprised if you also saw snow in the vicinity of Marcy Dam and Lake Colden.
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