With the heat dome closing in on the North Cascades Chuck and I pulled off a wonderful springtime ascent to Maple Pass. More or less normal to Heather Pass where conditions went from dry to full on snow cover. Conditions were excellent thanks to the early start. Snow didn't start to soften up until around 10:30 on our way back. Still alot of snow up high. Wonder how much will be left after the heat wave is over.