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 Peak(s):  Redcloud Peak  -  14,034 feet
 Post Date:  05/31/2011 Modified: 05/27/2014
 Date Climbed:   05/31/2011
 Posted By:  BillMiddlebrook

 Redcloud - Sky Blue        

Today's pano from Redcloud
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Stats


Route: Redcloud Peak - Northeast Ridge (standard)
Date: 5/31/2011
Climbers: Me
Skiers: Me
Trailhead: Silver Crk/Grizzly Gulch
Elevation Gain: 3,700'
Time to reach summit: 4.5 hours
Ski Vertical: 2,800'
RT Mileage: 9 miles

The National Weather Service was predicting high winds for much of the north, so I decided to make a quick trip to the San Juans for another ski of Redcloud. It turned out to be a spectacular day with super snow conditions. I'll let the photos do the talking...


Climb


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The familiar view of Handies and Whitecross at sunrise.

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I never get tired of this

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Finally, the sun. 12,700'

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Looking back to the north

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Snow!






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Climbing to the ridge

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On the ridge

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There's not much snow on the trail here but plenty just to the west

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Couloirs and cornices, plus a bit of desert dust. "Gudy Peak" 13,566'

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Wetterhorn Peak

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Uncompahgre Peak

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Approaching the false summit, summit on the left

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Nice cornice

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False summit

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Final pitch

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Looking south to Sunshine Peak

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Looking southwest to Handies Peak


Some familiar names in the summit register from this past weekend.


Ski


The snow was narrow along the east edge of the summit but quickly widened as I skied down toward the false summit.
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Skiing off the summit


From the false summit it was a mellow, corn-covered ski down the NE face.
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Dropping off the false summit

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Looking back at the northeast face

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Looking back at the northeast face

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Big, corny turns down the face

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Wow

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Near 12,300', looking back at the upper basin

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Back to the creek

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Another look at Handies

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The skiing was continuous all the way down to 11,200', 1.5 miles from the trailhead.
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Bye for now...


Topo (blue=hike, red=ski):



My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):




Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
 
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