Peak:  Fletcher Mountain (13er)
 Route:  SE Ridge variation
 Range:  Tenmile
 Posted By:  mattdecoste
 Date of Info:  12/31/2012
 Date Posted:  01/01/2013

Blue Lakes Rd. plowed .3 miles from Hwy 9. 2-3 inches of snow on road up to Dam. Some areas windblown revealing dirt road. Other spot on road with some drifts up to 8 inches. We used snowshowes but probably not needed. Began the standard SE ridge route doing an ascending traverse from the dam to the first basin. Then, after assessing the upper valley (standard route) from a distance decided to ascend the ridge to the west (pt 13,515) due to poor snow conditions. The initial climb up a rocky outcropping was difficult in snowshoes but the slope eased after a 2nd bump to the upper ridge that we took to the Fletcher/Quandary saddle. Several times during the steep climb to get to this ridge slabs 3-6 feet in size would break off at about 6 inches thick and slide. Not a good sign.

The ridge to the saddle had 4-6 inches of crusty snow. The SE ridge to summit had 6-8 inches of snow in most places and as we were climbing another inch or so fell. Last ascent on summit register was 12/22/12 and before that was in September.

 Comments or Questions

westridge in the basin
01/01/2013 23:21
I always thought that was a good way to go in avy conditions, I was thinking of going up the 1st little ridge as you enter the East Monte Cristo Basin. Thanks for the post.


01/02/2013 02:26
Have a good hike boudreaux and be safe.

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