Peak(s):  Mt. Lincoln  -  14,286 feet
Date Posted:  03/09/2010
Date Climbed:   03/07/2010
Author:  Kalamaya
 Rocky Skiing on Mt. Lincoln   

Set out for a ski down Mt. Lincoln on Sunday. Our group of 4 met up at the Quartzville TH at 8 a.m., but found that the 4x4 was 1-3' deep with snow. We knew of the trespassing and private-property issues, but risked it by parking in a pullout 1/2 back down toward Zinc Rd.

Our 4th member turned around about a 1/4 of the way in since he was having, uh, stomach issues. We skinned for a good 30-45 mins before we crossed over to head up the shoulder above Cameron Ampitheater. We wanted to take the "short route" from Quartzville. Image
Hiking Over to Ridge Above Cameron Ampitheater
The coverage on the shoulder was pretty thin: we hiked most of it instead of skinning. Not a big deal for someone with AT or tele boots, but a real pain with traditional alpine boots.

Just below the final climb, we put our skis back on. Image
Last Climb to Summit of Mt. Lincoln (east face)
I started heading directly up the face, on the left-hand side. It wasn't the smartest move. I was lucky the snow had stabilized with the recent mild weather. I was pretty exposed when I took off my skis and started snow climbing straight up. It was definitely a learning experience. I yelled down to my other two partners and told them to go around the right side, against a wind cornice that was fairly inconsequential.

We checked out the Russian Couloir and other south-facing lines, but decided to play it super conservative. The snowpack is still dodgy. We skied the east bowl and then hopped from snowfield to snowfield as we made our way down into the Quartzville Drainage. Image
Quartzville Drainage
We didn't think Putnam Gulch was filled in, and it would've been a hike back to our car. The gully of the drainage was actually decent skiing. Image
Mt Bross

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 Comments or Questions

03/12/2010 16:29
for posting, things are still looking super bare up there...

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