Buying Gear?  Click Here
Buying gear? Please use these links to help 14ers.com:

More info...

Other ways to help...
 Peak(s):  Huron Peak  -  14,003 feet
 Post Date:  04/11/2007 Modified: 12/03/2009
 Date Climbed:   04/06/2007
 Posted By:  doumall

 Huron Spring Ski Descent: East Face NE Couloir   

Route:
Rockdale Trailhead 9,986'
Dawson's East Face Route
Ski Descent of East Face NE couloir

Stats:
-Elevation Climbed: 4,100'
-Vert skied: 4,000'
-Mileage RT: 10 miles


Ascent:

Back at it again, Fritz and I set out for the hills Thursday night. After arriving at the trailhead at 11:45pm, we realized the sleds in tow behind my truck were never going to leave the trailer. The stream crossing at the beginning of the 4WD road was choked full of collapsible ice and beyond the road was dry for a good half mile. It seems the sleds have mostly just been a pain in my ass this year. Hopefully next year some of the lessons I have learned will improve my luck with them. Here is a picture of the road through the stream taken the next day…


The steam crossing

We built a log crossing for the next morning and hit the sack. After a hot breakfast, we were on the trail by 5am. The moon and stars made for a bright night.


Fritz crossing the steam

We made great time up the 2.5 miles and 1000 vert to Cloyses lake. The road is mostly snow covered, with several rock sections. Its pretty flat and easy going. We skinned across the lake and began the climb up into the basin below Huron's East face. The terrain through the trees is steep and riddled with deadfall. It takes some thinking to find a good way up this area but once above the trees, the route is simple.


Frtiz breaks treeline below steep mountain walls

This basin is the most impressive I have seen in the Sawatch. Steep walls with flutes of snow mimic something from Alaska. Its beautiful…





The stunning basin to Huron's East

We opted to boot up a wide couloir to the North of Huron's summit. En route to the base of the booting, we got a great preview of our line.


Skinning below our goal


The wide couloir we used to reach Huron's North ridge

The boot up the couloir really threw me for a loop. The solar intensity was off the charts which reaked havoc on my mental focus. I struggled up the slope occasionally post holing into rotten snow around hidden boulders. Keeping in the ideal snow for booting (3 inches of corn on solid base) was as simple as stepping a few feet to climbers left onto more northeast facing terrain. Its amazing how much a few degrees on the compass can affect snow behavior. The slope maxed out at 44 degrees. The final section of ridgeline to the summit went fairly quickly.


Looking down the North ridge of Huron

The summit was perfect…


Huron's snow capped summit

…and the view of our line was just sick.


Looking down our line

Ski Descent:

Fritz is a great partner. He is always up to check the snow stability out and he knows his stuff. Everyday out with him is a learning experience. Did I mention he takes sweet pics too? This was my favorite ski descent to date for me, it was off the hook. The line started out on a fluted ridge which was heavily exposed straight down the mountain. We opted to dropped north off the flute into a NE facing couloir. The more common ski on this face is into a SE facing couloir, but for better safer snow and a more technical line we took a left. The upper 100 feet of this couloir is 50 degrees, then goes 50+ through a 15 foot wide choke, then 50 for another 100 feet below the choke. It then mellows to 40s and then 30s in the apron. The snow was perfect, 5 inches of wind deposit on top of solid base. A channel of slough accompanied us down the mountain through the steeper sections. I will let the pics tell the rest of story.

Fritz



















doumall


















Some pics of the line





Some extra credit on the way out…



For Fritz report, see here...

http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1222583&posted=1#post1222583

 


  • Comments or Questions
killingcokes


Nice report     2011-02-04 17:22:13
I like your write up man. Good getting out with you again. Check your messages on your cell


billmiddlebrook

Afterburners     2007-04-12 10:07:35
So, how was landing from that rock? Good stuff!


doumall


I stuck it but...     2007-04-12 12:31:23
Thanks Bill, the landing was pretty flat, maybe 25 degrees, and narrow between two rocks. Definitely felt the compression in my shoulders. Dont know why I do that anymore, its not worth getting hurt but I guess the rush is too much of a draw. We still need to get out sometime. You done Sherman?


billmiddlebrook

Sticking the landing     2010-11-30 10:28:35
Oh, I know all about landings. My last landing resulted in a few cracked ribs and I haven't been skiing in over 3 weeks. Must be old age! I've done Sherman once this winter, but I would like to get back into it in next week or two if my body cooperates. I suspect the snow is better now than it was in mid-winter. Yes, we should get out! Your stick-in-the-eye Huron photos were just another reminder of how many ski days I've lost in the last month. Thanks!


doumall


Ouch!     2007-04-12 17:03:49
Sorry about the ribs, man that must have been painful (and big?). Let me know what your up to when you get out again, as I am sure your aware, lots of options in this kick ass state.


billmiddlebrook

Snap     2010-11-30 10:28:35
Nope, just a 10 footer with an awkward landing on "parking lot" conditions. If the ribs don't get better soon, I may be spring skiing on drugs! Congrats on Huron! Nice line.


killingcokes


Whoa the snow is moving     2007-04-13 18:46:43
Skiing on drugs. HMMM sounds like High School. Oh wait did I just give too much information.



   Using your forum id/password. Not registered? Click Here


Caution: The information contained in this report may not be accurate and should not be the only resource used in preparation for your climb. Failure to have the necessary experience, physical conditioning, supplies or equipment can result in injury or death. 14ers.com and the author(s) of this report provide no warranties, either express or implied, that the information provided is accurate or reliable. By using the information provided, you agree to indemnify and hold harmless 14ers.com and the report author(s) with respect to any claims and demands against them, including any attorney fees and expenses. Please read the 14ers.com Safety and Disclaimer pages for more information.

© 2014 14ers.com®, 14ers Inc.