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 Peak(s):  Huron Peak  -  14,003 feet
 Post Date:  03/26/2014
 Date Climbed:   03/19/2014
 Posted By:  Mickeys Grenade
 Shoe Horn - Last Day of Winter   

Huron Peak 14,003
RT ~24 Miles
~20 Hours
Winter Closure 8 Miles from Winfield
5,000 feet +
Solo

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Good Sled Pulling Conditions

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Winfield

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Winfield

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Winfield

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Winfield

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Winfield

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Thanks to Grimpeur and Josh for the Sled Trench from Winfield to the Gate at 10,600

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10,600

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Gate at 10,600

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Ice Mountain and North Apostle

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1.5 Hours of Digging


Left my house at 2 AM
Arrived at the Clear Creek Ranch around 5 AM
Got my car stuck in the snow 1/2 a mile from the sign that says 8 miles to Winfield only to dig out for an hour and a half, then drive back to the sign.
Started at 6:45 AM
Summit at 6:15 PM
Back to the car at 3:00 AM
Johnson's Village for gas and a 16 oz. Redbull
Home at 7 AM with a 40 minute nap on the way.
Shower and go to work. What a nightmare.
I was up for 39 hours.
I went to bed at 5 PM and got up at 7 AM. 14 hours of sleep really helped out.
Shoe Horn of Huron followed by going to work = not a good idea!
Getting a winter summit on the last day = priceless!



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  • Comments or Questions (13)
cftbq


Priceless, indeed     2014-03-26 20:15:10
Congrats. You earned it well.


alpinenut


Quite a slog     2014-03-26 20:16:15
Great pics, especially the fridge. Simple, understated narrative. Congrats!!


dsunwall


ouch     2014-03-26 21:14:44
must have been a fun day at work. Man do I feel guilty, I parked at Winfield. I've sworn never to go through this type of trip again, done a few myself. good experience though. that's some serious dedication to the sport.


FireOnTheMountain


nuts     2014-03-26 21:27:25
this is friggen sweet. May I ask what you do for job? I call them Zombie Mondays but never had one that severe!!

Very well earned summit on what looks to be a beautiful day (maybe sans the wind??)


Kevin Baker


long day     2014-03-26 22:19:42
Huge day, Jeff! Congrats on getting that done on the last day of winter. I can't imagine showing up to work after that death march. I'm curious why you dragged a sled for a dayhike. Denali training?


MuchosPixels


Wow, now that is an Epic.     2014-03-27 08:42:21
I would have made this a 2 or even a 3 day trip. Lots of distance although conditions look good. Higher slopes looked a bit dicey in regards to avalanche danger though. Looks like a lot of thin slabs up higher, those are usually easy to trigger.


JosephG

Very nice.     2014-03-27 09:15:25
Succinct TR, great pictures, and massive commitment. Thanks for including the Winfield pics, too!

Like many of us, I've had several of those looooong day hikes followed by long drives and short nights, but this one about takes the cake. Congrats!


michaelgrundy


Long Haul     2014-03-27 10:57:06
Way to get after it on the long haul. I probably would have thrown in the towel after getting stuck!

Awesome pictures! Way to go!


I Man


Motivated!!     2014-03-27 11:14:54
Inspiring man. Glad that you got this in and had such a wonderful season. I think we made the right call on bailing on our initial plans.

I couldn't be more excited for our plans this summer, Comrade 8)


TomPierce

Sounds really relaxing...     2014-03-27 13:39:56
Congrats on pulling this off, sounds like quite the day. Just curious, what sort of ski bindings were those, NNN BC? Did you climb in those or switch to snowshoes/boots later? Regardless, very impressive!

-Tom


moneymike


Those are very interesting looking skin tracks     2014-03-27 14:22:48
And what was the sled for?

You're an athlete, man. Nice work!


Mickeys Grenade


Bunny Skis     2014-03-27 15:20:37
Tom - I call those my bunny skis. Not sure what the bindings are, but the boots are pretty wimpy. You are probably right about the type of bindings. They work good on easy terrain.

I probably took too much stuff. I switched to snowshoes and mountaineering boots at the 10,600 gate. It was warm enough that I could have made it with just the light ski boots. The sled was helpful for getting most of the weight off my back for the descent in particular. I took avy gear and a jetboil. It was such a long distance compared to some trips and I thought a sled would help with all that mileage on pretty flat terrain for the approach.


matt pierce


Damn...     2014-04-01 09:41:27
hard-fukin-core



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