|Peak:||"The Citadel" (13er)|
|Date of Information:||06/28/2013|
Wanted to do a quick solo snow climb without a long drive... The Citadel‘s Northeast Couloir is perfect right now.
I left Hermans Gulch TH a little before 7am and slowly meandered up the dry trail to Hermans Lake. From the Lake I made my way over to the base of the Citadel. It‘s a short trip across the stream and through some Willows and Boulders. The NE Couloir starts at the bottom of the small basin and runs all the way to the saddle. Its very solid and deep. I started up around 9am. The snow was perfect. I used my BD Axes and Crampons. I did have to kick steps the entire way up. Stay to the center and left as you climb. The right side is melting a bit as the sun hit it. Also, wear your helmet. There was some pretty good rock fall activity. I did take a softball size rock to my thigh. It did not feel good.... Once I topped out on the saddle I had some fun scrambling up "Both" summits. I wouldn‘t start up the NE Couloir much later than 9am though. That sun was pretty intense. Both summits were completely dry. After lounging on the summit I headed back down to the saddle. I had a short scramble around the back. It was mixed with snow and talus. I walked the ridge and descended the main South Couloir. Its much larger and not very steep. I was able to get some great glissading in. I returned to the lake and headed down as the clouds rolled in. Such a great snow climb right in the Front Range. Highly recommended.
Red up. Green down.
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