Peak(s):  Humboldt Peak  -  14,064 feet
Date Posted:  05/19/2010
Date Climbed:   05/15/2010
Author:  SLeslie

 Humboldt - SE Flank Gully Ski  

Solo ski descent of Humboldt Peak, Saturday May 15, 2010.

So Colony road was accessible to the Rainbow Trail Junction at 9,800'. It was snowing as I left the car at 6:00 am. South Colony Road was predominately snow covered allowing me to ski most of the way, however I did have to take my skis off a half dozen times and walk for short sections of the road that had melted out.

I left the road at about 10,850' and headed up the SE flank gully under partly cloudy skies and strong winds. Had to remove ski's to climb the scoured & steep slopes to climbers right of the cliff section in the lower section of the gully. From there it was a straight forward ski all the way to the summit. Summit was incredibly windy but the skies were clearing. It had snowed 1-2" the previous night, but due to the high winds, snow depths were extremely variable from 0" in exposed areas to 4-5" in the SE Flank Gully.

The ski descent was truly amazing. I was able to start skiing from within 10 feet of the summit and had a 2,500' run all the way to tree line. Snow was 4-5" deep, somewhat heavy and wind packed but very turnable and enjoyable. The top 3-4 hundred feet of the run was a little boney but then opened up to a wide and uncomplicated run to tree line. Picked my way through the steep timber to skier's right of the cliff to the road and then out to the car.

Roundtrip: 8.8 miles, 4230 vertical, 8.5 hours.

IMO this is one of Colorado's classic ski descents, a long and continuous run in an incredibly beautify setting. Wow.

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 Comments or Questions

SE Flank
05/20/2010 01:41
Yup, that‘s an excellent line. Congrats


05/20/2010 02:52
those were your tracks I saw up there today. Nicely done.

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