Peak:  Snowmass Mountain (14er)
 Route:  West Slope
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  dannyg23
 Date of Info:  03/15/2014
 Date Posted:  03/18/2014

Nate (thegreatcamillo) and I climbed snowmass Friday 3/14 thru Sunday 3/16. The road from marble was beginning to melt out, but several trucks had attempted to drive it and gotten stuck. Best to just park at marble in the short term.

The road to Crystal City was well packed and easy snowshoeing.

From Crystal City to the summer TH was fairly well packed, but required a traverse of one very long slope, which may be unstable now with the warming temps.

From the summer TH to Geneva lake required much trail breaking, maxing out at perhaps 2' in snowshoes. this section also has a very long and unavoidable avvy prone slope.

From Geneva lake to the base was some very cool scenery, and fairly enjoyable snowshoeing.

We climbed a rib toward the south, opting to stay out of the snow filled gullies. Our concern wasn't that the gullies would slide as it was pretty stable snow at the time, it was just very difficult to climb in them as the snow was really deep. At times we had to traverse across chest deep snow. We made it back down to the base of snowmass in 45 minutes thanks to some awesome glissading. For perspective, that face took about 4 hours to ascend.

Photos (click for slideshow):
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 Comments or Questions

fairly enjoyable snowshoeing eh
03/18/2014 15:34
do you also fairly enjoy sticking a hot needle into your eye?

Good job dude, sweet perseverance!


It's all relative
03/18/2014 17:03
Not all of us have bought splitboards yet bro...

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