Peak(s):  Snowmass Mountain  -  14,092 feet
Date Posted:  07/01/2013
Date Climbed:   06/23/2013
Author:  djkest
Additional Members:   Chaos Penumbra
 Mixed climbing, mixed emotions  

When I told my mom we were going to climb Snowmass Mountain next, she said "the one that people die on?". I understand she is concerned, and she should be. I should be concerned too. Accidents do happen in the mountains. I do my best to enter each climb physically and mentally prepared, and hope that things will work out as we have planned them. I try to remember to respect the mountains and carry those thoughts with me.

Snowmass Mountain has been on "the list" before. We wanted to tackle it with snow in the snowmass, and last year's dry winter made the scheduling impossible. So this year it was, and we set the date more than a month in Advance. We hoped the weather and conditions would be ideal on our chosen weekend. We appreciated information and reports leading up to our climb, which we studied. I also talked to WarDamnPanic and realized we'd probably meet up with him on Saturday as he was coming down. (which we did!). Nice to meet you, Chris.

** Full Report on my Blog **

Teaser pic:

Speaking of which, I wanted to share some route information that I got from WarDamnPanic. You can avoid the nasty screen slope / rockslide area by crossing over the stream just after (about 50 feet) the waterfall/ confluence area. See pic below. You instead ascent some consolidated grass / rocks/ bushes and there is a small trail a little higher up. This saves you a lot of time and energy, we were glad we could avoid it. Everyone we talked to complained about the suck factor of doing that section.

(this part got erased off my TR somehow, so I added it back in)

 Comments or Questions

Well Done!
07/01/2013 18:59
Isn't Snowmass Lake serene? I love this mountain! Brings back memories of a porcupine eating through our tent in the middle of the night.


Nice beta!
07/01/2013 22:40
That type of thing is priceless. Nice photos on your blog, great read.


Great photos
07/02/2013 00:32
Nice to you meet you as well. Excellent photo/route illustration of the crossover. Glad you had a successful trip, that is a long haul with a pack.


Now that you're famous
09/07/2013 22:41
I will read this....

Just kidding. Great photos.

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