|Peak:||Crystal Peak A (13er)|
|Route:||Combo Helen/Father Dyer/Crystal|
|Date of Info:||03/31/2012|
Pk 9 > Pk 10 > Crystal > Father Dyer > Helen.
Basically the same as andyouseeme's report, 'cept drier. Used snowshoes briefly on descent - no other technical gear used.
Road dry to gated winter TH on Spruce Creek outside of Breck. Packed snow to Francie's. Snow in the basin, but no snowshoes needed in the morning. Essentially dry up the Wheeler Trail to Pk 9 (class 1+), though some snowfields to cross up high. Dry up to Pk 10 (class 2). Mixed snow and rock to Crystal (c2). Dry to Father Dyer (c2+). Dry to Helen (c3 with a couple spots of c4. Bypass on south ledge systems if needed). Helen's E slopes have snow down low. Snowshoes highly recommended for the short section to back to the packed Wheeler/Spruce Creek sections.
Ski: Big avy scar on the NE bowl off Pk 9. Pk 10 had turns on the NE aspect. Crystal had a group skiing mostly continuous snow of the E face. Somebody downclimbed about 20' and skied an East couloir off Father Dyer. Helen is not skiable except near treeline.