Peak(s):  Mt. of the Holy Cross  -  14,005 feet
Date Posted:  06/24/2013
Date Climbed:   06/22/2013
Author:  taylorzs
Additional Members:   Snowgirl, cheeseburglar
 Atheists Ride the Cross   

Attached is my trip report from a group of heathen atheists that climbed Holy Cross and snowboarded/skied the Cross couloir last weekend. Enjoy! Holy Cross Snowboard Descent

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 Comments or Questions

06/24/2013 23:58
Excellent beta. Looks like the snow conditions would've been ideal a few weeks back but good fun nevertheless! 8)


06/25/2013 01:58
I'm all aboard for that kind of trip.
I actually had the exact same thoughts when I climbed Holy Cross last summer.


nice work
06/25/2013 20:12
classic route regardless of your religious affiliation.


You're going to hell ...
06/25/2013 20:35
... but there's still time to convert to skis and save your soul.
Congratulations on skiing / riding a tough peak in less than ideal conditions.


I was looking for the 12 740 mark as well...
06/25/2013 21:46
but found the exit at 13,000', like you did. Fortunately, the exit is plainly obvious. I skied the cross couloir the day before you did. I'm glad I skied it when I did...I had the summit to myself (except for a curious marmot). By the time I got back to the campground, it was completely crowded.

I'm definitely with you on the unholiness of the egress. It took me four hours to summit (at a very leisurely pace), and eight hours to get out. I ended up climbing back up the ridge to regain the trail and avoid the bullsh## of the east cross creek drainage. I was planning on hiking up notch mountain to get a shot of the line, but the boulder fields wore me out so much that by the time I got to the pass, my ass was hurting worse than after a week at bible camp!


06/26/2013 18:09
rajz06-Yeah conditions would have definitely been better several weeks ago.
FOLLOW the HEIGHT-It was a good trip and yes it is interesting as an atheist to be climbing a religious symbol like that. It had a very different meaning for us than most that have visited the area over the last 150 years.
SchralpTheGnar- I agree!
MonGoose- You have a better chance of seeing Jesus than of bringing me back from the dark side to skiing.
moneymike-Yeah, I agree the exit is fairly easy to find but figured the elevation inaccuracy mentioned in the Dawson book and a bunch of TRs was worth mentioning for future people climbing the route and yeah that is a very unholy egress! Love the bible camp comment!

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