Time 4:45 p.m.
Current Weather It is starting to get dark and because of blowing snow you cannot see the slope you have to climb to get to Spruce Creek Pass. The Slope faces North and you know it is wind loaded from SW winds. Friends told you this would be the only steep climb, but that it was short.
What will you do?
Three of you stay in a safe spot, one proceeds carefully along cliff band to the top of the slope, and radios when clear. Only one person is exposed at a time.
The four of you decide to turn around and head back to Stone Creek. You have pleanty of food, water, clothing and headlamps. You figure if all goes well you'll be at your car by 9:00 p.m.
You decide to find a safe spot and dig a snow cave for the night. Hopefully visibility and conditions will be better in the morning.