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 Peak(s):  Missouri Mountain  -  14,067 feet
 Post Date:  06/27/2009
 Date Climbed:   06/14/2009
 Posted By:  fullroom

 Missouri north face   

After not getting out to ski anything on Saturday, Gary called me up in the afternoon to see if I wanted to camp out and ski Missouri on Sunday. I was down, so Gary, Brendan (skibrendan) and I headed out past Clear Creek reservoir and found some great camping pretty close to the trailhead. After a good sleep, and an early wakeup we got going a little before four.


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The trail gained elevation rather quickly and we got into the basin around sunrise.

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Our first view of Missouri. From the basin it was a long slog slightly uphill till we hit the snow at the bottom of the north face.

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The north face looked pretty winter like for mid June... sweet!

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Since the snow was still firm, we decided to keep our hiking boots on until it got too steep.

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We kinda went off a photo we saw in Dawson's book and it made the summit look like it was on the right of the ridge. We continued up to what we thought was the summit but when we got there the true summit appeared to be way on the other side of the ridge. The hike across the ridge didn't take too long, and Gary and Brendan kept their hiking boots on the whole way. The ridge was very windy but when we got to the summit it seamed to calm nicely.


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Harvard and Columbia I believe...

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Ice Mtn. and the Apostles...

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Huron wasn't looking too bad..

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wow, what a bunch of good looking fellas


We took in the beautiful day and shared the summit with a climber from Qubec. This was his 13th 14er in the last ten days, or something like that. Props! After about a half hour we clicked into our skis and traversed left into the chute we wanted.


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looking down from the summit, we skied a chute to skiers left

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Gary looking ready to ski his line

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Brendan saw a little mini straightline on the way up so we went and checked out the "extreme" line.

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The snow looked good as G dropped first

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skiing it out to the bottom... very nice

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Brendan in the middle of the "extreme" straightline!!!

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pointing it out...

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getting some June ski love!


I followed Brendan's line and although the snow was good, it was a little slower than I thought it would be. It did however make for some great wide open turns to the bottom.

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Gary looking up our run

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is Brendan going backwards?....

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We continued to ski as much snow as we could till there was no more... and then skied grass

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It was so nice that we found a good grassy area and relaxed for a bit with this guy.


We only saw one other group and the guy from Quebec on Missouri, but now that it was mid day it looked like an army of ants littered Belford and the ridge to Oxford. We started hiking out just as some clouds rolled in and by the time we were back in the trees it started sprinkling (glad not to be one of those on top of Belford). Got back to the car just as some kayakers were putting on to the Clear Creek of the Ark run. Total roundtrip was around nine hours. It was an awesome day for a great hike in the Sawatch, and a sweet mid June ski descent.


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a good look at our ski descent... we skied the right of the two chutes in the middle.



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  • Comments or Questions
skibrendan

yeah bud. Thanks for the TR     2010-02-24 20:59:34
A great day! Always good skiing with you guys.



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