Peak:  Mt. Hope A (13er)
 Route:  East ridge from Sheep Gulch
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  CarpeDM
 Date of Info:  06/04/2011
 Date Posted:  06/06/2011

big_red_pride had asked about conditions on Hope and Huron. After looking through my pics, I guess I got only one pic of Huron - and not a great one. The smoke from the wildfires made everything pretty hazy, too.

I‘m including a few pics here, but the whole stash is on picasaweb here (make sure you pick up the full link):

#1 - Mt Hope from just west of Hope Pass (we didn‘t go all the way to the pass, just angled up toward the peak)
#2 - Belford and Missouri
#3 - Missouri on the left, Huron on the right
#4 - La Plata, Ellingwood Ridge, and Rinker Peak

We used microspikes on the ascent - not crampons. I used my axe; Shawn just used trekking poles (except for the glissade). We stayed below the ridge until the last bit of rock before the false summit (about where Hopeful Couloir hits the ridge, I guess). Did NOT like that section. On the descent, we went down to the top of the southeast ridge and glissaded from there. There was still plenty of snow with good run-out. But there were a few places with exposed rock, so pick your glissade path carefully. For the first glissade from the ridge, the snow was steep enough and soft enough that it took me at least 100 feet to self arrest with axe and feet firmly in the snow (just practicing), but then we didn‘t start super-early or go super-fast. We took snowshoes, but I used mine for only a short section on the way down; Shawn did without and was fine.

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

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