Been wanting to get this TR together for a while. This is my first TR on 14ers, so here we go!!
After a few recon and ski trips deep into the Weminuche, we finally sussed out a decent ski descent on Mt. Oso. Our goal was the giant snowfield visible from the south that drops right off the top and then curves you around beautifully into upper Roell Creek. Our access point was the Vallecito Creek Trailhead. After a stop at Comida Mexicana at Vallecito for burros, vitamin water and provisions we hit the trail about 1 p.m.
First bridge on Vallecito Creek
Vallecito trail-finally skinning
After a nice dinner and brew at our camp at the mouth of Roell Creek, we slept fairly good despite the long approach. In the morning we set off up Roell Creek with skis and a smile.
Roell Creek-Graylock and Thunder behind
A million dollar view preceded a very cold day.
After cruising up Roell creek and then up a steep portion at treeline, we got higher in the basin above Lost Lake. Peters Peak welcomes us as well as winds that force us to hike in puffy coats.
Skinning above lost lake with Peter's Peak behind
Point 13,179 that we skied a week prior.
Neat couloir off west side of Oso
Finally the frozen corn and increase in angle forces us to put the skis on the pack and boot up. Good corn for the climb, but pretty frozen on the descent.
All the way up on the boot pack we had to look at this tiny snowfield that we get to ski on the way down.
The huge snowfield
A long interesting ridge to the top with a huge drop to climbers right finally put us on the windy summit.
Happy summit but cold
Andy on top
The view up here was awesome despite some clouds around us.
An excellent view of remote neighbor Mt. Irving-hoping to ski this one this year!
Skiing the upper portion of Oso.
Skiing the huge snowfield.
Skiing Roell creek just above camp.
After a cold, varied descent directly from the summit, we reached high camp at the mouth of Roell Creek tired and satisfied. For every great line we ski, we see ten more that we dream of doing. We have not heard of anyone else skiing Mt. Oso, so let us know if you have!!
Skiing back down Roell Creek
Back at high camp
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