Peak:  Missouri Mountain (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge from Missouri Gulch
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  jmoney
 Date of Info:  04/28/2012
 Date Posted:  04/29/2012

Here are a couple pics to accompany the forum post I made. I know its not a very purty pit, I‘ll blame it on the ice and sugar. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions or would like additional beta.

We dug on an E aspect at 12,700ft just below Elkhead Pass. Pic 1 is the initial collapse (obviously we didn‘t dig there ). Pic 2 demonstrates my excellent posture, but also shows just how rotten the lower snowpack is. Pic 3 is the slab that pulled out with a Q1 shear while digging. I had cut the right side and was cutting the back of the column when it pulled out. Pic 4 is the CT5 Q2 that failed next.

Photos (click for slideshow):
Image #1Image #2Image #3Image #4

 Comments or Questions

04/29/2012 21:27
Out of curiosity, were you able to get a look at the conditions on the Belford/Oxford trail? Also, how bad is the snow below treeline? A couple weeks ago they were saying you didn't even need microspikes... I'm guessing that's changed now!


Change Indeed!
04/29/2012 23:37
It looked like most of the trail up Belford was melted out or just had a small amount of snow on the trail itself. To be honest though, I really didn't look too closely. Snow below treeline is almost nonexistent. We didn't encounter any until after the switchbacks and creek crossing. Even then it was mostly confined to consolidated snow on the trail itself.


We were on Belford Sat Apr 28
04/30/2012 15:07
No need for microspikes anywhere on the trail IMO. We brought some, didn't use them. The wind was a different matter on Sat though; well below zero windchills froze all our liquids!

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