Snowpack is typical front range: powder to sastrugi to breakable crust with brush, tundra and rocks. It stormed today with more wind than snow up high. Winds were absolutely howling in the alpine country at the base of Tikishla.
|Start of Descent to Campbell Ck North Fork|
|Campbell Ck North Fork Bridge|
|Wind Scoured Lower Tikishla SW Aspect|
|Looking Up Basin WNWof Tikishla Summit|
The wind (and a lazy start) assisted with the turnaround decision, and the recon provided confidence that Tikishla is a reasonable day trip. Depending on the trailbreaking, 6 to 8 hours would be my planning time. Decision on gear would depend on conditions. Alpine touring skis/boots would fit the alpine country best, but the rugged touring set up is adequate and is superior on the approach and retreat.