Peak(s):  "Lackawanna"  -  13,823 feet
Date Posted:  05/23/2010
Date Climbed:   05/22/2010
Author:  Wyoming Bob

 Lackawanna Peak - South Slopes  

Climbed Lackawanna via the South Slopes. Roach's guide speaks of attacking the fall line, which is well put. Independence Pass gate was closed so South Slopes were easiest route available without a road march.

We ascended the ridge and descended via the snow gully. Great day with a bit of wind up high. Ridge ascent can be done with but one short patch of snow if one sticks to ridge proper. Gully looked to be a great crampon cruise (we descended instead).

Full narrative can be found at: Lackawanna Trip Report


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 Comments or Questions

No, I don‘t have any hot cocoa but I have beer...
11/30/2010 17:20
It was nice chatting with you and your partner briefly yesterday before departure. And the crux of the route was crossing the stream five feet off the asphalt of CO-82, no? Still can't believe how good the snow was in the gully. Our group figured you guys were pretty serious considering the wyoming plates. It seems most coloradans are emerging from their winter slumbers and taking to the standard routes of Grays and Torreys right about now so it is very refreshing to see an out-of-towner seeking an obscure summit. I've followed your centennial pursuits on this site for a while and, in retrospect, wish we could've chatted more. Maybe we'll run into each other again. On a side note, I think The Bighorns are the best kept secret in the lower 48...

Jon Frohlich

Didn‘t really meet you but...
05/24/2010 14:33
I didn‘t really get a chance to talk to either one of you on Saturday but good to know who it was up there. Wish I could have talked to you both more. My calves were fried coming up that snow gully without crampons but it was a great route. The crux of the route was definitely the stream crossing at the beginning.

My friends over on Missouri had a much more painful day than we did. They finally struggled back to the TH at 5pm with stories of getting knocked down by the wind and having to crawl at times.

Wyoming Bob

My lesson - speak up.
05/24/2010 23:47
I did enjoy chatting with both of you as we passed at the bottom and along the way. Lesson one for me . . . there are enough folks out there that I should have spoken up a bit more, either on the asphalt (I was the Toyota driver) or at the top of the snowfield.

Thanks for the thumbs up on trips from Wyoming . . . the real story on drives from Wyo. is that after starting to climb in Colorado (School of Mines early 80‘s) and then ”doing” 16 years in Baltimore without a 14‘er, I learned that an extra 1:30 added onto the Denver drive time is something I don‘t even think about anymore (we could all be in traffic in L.A.) I‘ve just built that 1:30 into the alpine start and complain not. Those peaks are just too good to not drive.

In hind sight, I‘d have rather taken your route up as the snow was just perfect on our descent after we passed you at the upper crest. Burning calves but that is one nice snow climb. As to the wind, well that London Underground ball cap made most every 13‘er to date and now resides somewhere on the flank of Elbert‘s back side. Neat trick as I had my hood up when the gust hit me on the summit.

Next time you see those Wyoming tags on a green Toytota Tacoma, we talk for sure, no excuses.

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