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 Peak(s):  Mt. Lincoln  -  14,286 feet
 Post Date:  05/18/2009 Modified: 11/03/2009
 Date Climbed:   05/17/2009
 Posted By:  RoanMtnMan

 Lincoln - What Spring Skiing is All About   

I'm still not ready to give up on spring skiing, so I gathered up friends and family for a day on Lincoln. Though I like to get out and push myself as much as anyone, it is days like this that are probably my favorite. Good friends, good weather, good snow, no crowds, and a familiar route. About as good as it gets. The crew:

My wife, Jennie.


My bro-in-law, Jeremy.


Free-heeling ripper, Chris.


A man who is running out of peaks to bag, JBChalk.


Kona and Ranier, both with more 14ers than me.


We met at Hoosier Pass and drove up the Quartzville Road until we hit snow. We were soon booting up the 4x4 road with skis on our backs. The weather was perfect with only a slight wind.



Once in the upper basin below Cameron, we finally got a look at the SE side of Lincoln.
The good news was that the upper part of the mountain was in, the bad news is that the exit through the cliff band was going to take some creativity. We discussed options and settled on a traverse across a few rocks to a left slanting couloir.

With this settled we continued up the mountain with skis on our backs. We kept a leisurely pace exchanging jokes, stories, and ideas for future trips. We finally reached the east facing snowfield just below the summit and put in a little work before topping out.







For Jeremy this was his first 14er, so he claimed it.



With only a mild wind and blue skies we lounged on the summit and refueled.





The sun was warm and we knew we better start heading down before the snow got too soft. JBChalk, Chris, Jennie, and Jeremy climbed west off the summit to the top of the snowfield, while I skied east off the summit and traversed under the summit to the snowfield above the Russian Couloir.

I was able to snap a few photos of the rest of the crew skiing down to the rock traverse. The snow was in excellent condition.

Chris:


JBChalk:


Jeremy:


Jennie:


I cut across the slope and met up with the others at the rocky section. After crossing the rocks we skied the exit couloir one by one.



Chris:


Jeremy:


Jennie:


I think the snow got even better as we got lower on the mountain. Once out of the couloir we were able to open it up a little more.

Chris:


Jennie:


JBChalk:


Me:


The snow lower down was sun cupped and dirty in spots, but still skiable. We were able to ski to within a few hundred feet of the truck, which is always a plus.

Chris:


JBChalk:


Jennie:


Jeremy:


Me:


It was quite a good day among friends. Jeremy got his first 14er done. Jennie got her first 14er ski of the season. Ranier got her 40th 14er. And we all got some great corn turns.

Red = Ascent (lookers right) Blue = Our respective descents

 


  • Comments or Questions
jbchalk



Great write-up bud!     2009-05-18 20:14:14
A damn fun 5 hrs Caleb...see ya soon man.


GravityPilot


Nice     2009-05-19 11:55:32
wide shots. Gotta love the fish eye action.


Easy Rider


looks pretty good     2009-05-19 19:02:21
Probably a better run than pudnam.



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