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 Peak(s):  Pettingell Pk  -  13,553 feet
 Post Date:  05/17/2009
 Date Climbed:   05/14/2009
 Posted By:  doubleA

 Ski descent- Pettingell Peak   

On Thursday May 14th my partner (Kevin) and I decided to skin up Herman's Gulch to ski Pettingell Peak. We were in the area a month ago, but didn't have time to skin all the way back to the peak. It looked good then, and was certainly in good condition last Thursday. We left the TH at 5:30am...
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We had to walk for the first 1/2 mile or so before we could start skinning. Before reaching the snow the trail is muddy in spots. Hikers- you should definitely bring snow shoes if you plan on going high in the gulch. We saw a few people post holing, then cussing, then post holing...
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Skinning up, Pettingell at first light.
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Another view. The weather was calm and warm. The forecast called for winds around 25mph, and gust of 45, but we found out later that this wasn't the case. It was warm all day, and not very windy on any part of the mountain.
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The Citadel. There was some slide debris down the main couloir. A larger slide ran down the left side (skier's right).
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In this photo we had already skinned up a short but steep bowl to the higher basin of the peak. We weren't looking for anything technical on this day. We skied Dead Dog the week before in icy conditions, so we wanted to let our ACLs fully recover The plan was to summit, then ski the bowls back down to the gulch. This peak isn't that steep. I would say the couloirs you are looking at vary from 35 to maybe 40 degrees.
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A good place to rest and eat. We made excellent time up the gulch, so we took our time to summit so the snow would corn up.
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Approaching the final pitch...
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A view west towards Buffalo mountain.
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A view north west. Still good coverage back there. It looks like the new snow is starting to melt down to the dust layer so get out while you can.
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Guyot and Bald mountain.
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A view of the Tuning Fork. A look towards Torreys and the top portion of the Tuning fork. We skied the right side back in March in powder conditions.
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The summit. We skinned the whole way up. We used ski crampons for the upper bowls since they were still frozen. We skied from the right on the last bit of snow before the rocky summit.
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Here's Kevin dropping in. The wispy cloud above him looked cool.
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Perfect corn- effortless skiing
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The skiing was great, we caught it at the perfect time. Overall the weather held out and this turned out to be one of the better tour's of the spring.












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