Peak:  Snowmass Mountain (14er)
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  Zambo
 Date of Info:  07/22/2012
 Date Posted:  07/23/2012

We tackled the "S" Ridge on Sunday, 7/22. It had rained quite heavily the days before the outing, which made for an interesting climb. The gulley used to reach the ridge was horrendously loose. Loose to the point that the climbing became much more difficult and dangerous in the gulley itself. Despite all efforts to be careful, we loosed many large rocks which got sent down the steep gulley. It would have been very dangerous for any climbers below.

The ridge itself is clear and in fine condition. With some exceptions, the ridge crest was usually the most stable and best option. More exposed sections can always be passed on the West side of the ridge.

We descended the West Slopes route, which was also terribly loose, due in part to the rains. The quality of rock slowly improved during the descent, but the first 500 - 1,000 feet down was an absolute nightmare of shaky slabs and untrustworthy rocks.

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