Peak(s):  Handies Peak  -  14,048 feet
Post Date:  05/18/2009
Modified:  05/20/2009
Date Climbed:   05/22/2004
Posted By:  Easy Rider

 West Slopes ‘04   


Grant Bremer finally got a chance to get out and ski a fourteener with me. The Cinnamon Pass road was open. We rallied a little 2WD Mitsubitchi wagon up to the summer TH for American Basin for the night. We had time on this peak, so we waited for sunrise to start. Grant took a high line, traversing for the upper basin. I stuck to the floors with a soft boot set up. This dramatic basin coiled around Handies, and closed in on the gentle summit with each terrace. I used splitboard crampons to track across the steeper slopes for the saddle. There was at least one false summit on the ridge. The view into Boulder Gulch and Cottonwood were enticing. Yet another awesome day on one of Colorado's highest. We sat on the lee side, the east side, looking into Grizzly Gulch. This run was not as direct, or aesthetic as the east face, but more continuous and long. It was steeper off the ridge, but a very moderate rolling terrain overall. The snow had softened in the basin, and I sank in mush just before reaching the car. Wallowing for the last hundred yards.

The pics are up on the Uncompahgre report.

& also the Lincoln report:


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