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 Peak(s):  Mt. Evans  -  14,264 feet
 Post Date:  05/21/2009
 Date Climbed:   05/31/2008
 Posted By:  Easy Rider

 North Face ‘08   

5/31/2008





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I started walking the road from the Summit Lake Parking, and put skins on for a snowfield around the first corner.
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The snow was thinner at the top, but I was soon at the parking just below the top. I skinned the trail's repetitive switchbacks, and walked the ridge, peeping down the North Face.
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When I found the actual summit register, there was snow leading over the other side. I was joined by only two other skiers.
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I rode down from the summit, making many traverses to stay away from the rocks, eventually cruising over to the nearest entrance to the North Face.
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The initial section in the entrance was ridable, but I still had to dismount to scurry around the corner into the couloir.
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That's the Snave Ledges over there, and there was a crew working up to it later on.
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Here is a view from the summit. At the lower left is the couloir, the entrance was not as bad as it looks.
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This was a classic run though, and I was really glad I tried it, because sometimes a plumb line just doesn't work for complicated mountains.
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Once in the bowl, I skated over a hump, and had lunch, while watching a Telemarker on his run looker's right.
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I picked my way down the rock field to the creek, taking ques from a set of tracks. It was busy in the parking lot. People tailgating, and running schuttles. I was really impressed with this little playground. Lots of entry level snow climbing in the back of the basin, and I was tempted to find a line into the next basin, but needed to get lined out on Biers for the next day.

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