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A little tired after 4 day of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Shit Show Circus, we were off to a later start. We climbed up the spectacular shelf road above Ouray,
reaching the trail head around a less than ambitious 9:45, we were on the trail by 10:00. With the telluride house bands spectuacular solos pumping through are brain, we struggled not to hit the wall as the buzz slowly began to wear off. Delighted with the ease of the trail (though quite steep) we treked along into Yankee Boy Basin with the spectacular views of Poinsetta Peak behind us,
slowly climbing up to the tiny yet beautiuful half frozen Wrights Lake. North of the lake we found the obvious signage and the clear right turn off of the main blue lakes pass trail
and onto the first major couloir. 1000 verticle feet up steep scree and alas' the real climb had begun! The only snow present was in the middle, and easily navigated around. Slippery talus made for some interesting loose rock slides, but clinging to the larger boulders we soon found ourselves atop "Lavender Couloir" Staring down the backbone of the rugged San Juans.
The corner was turned and we were 600 vertical feet from the summit, blocked by a spectacular snow filled couloir.
Ice Ax strongly recommended, but we did not have this luxury. The trog of postholing began as summit fever set in. .
As we we topped the couloir and stared down the rugged north face the final summit scramble was completed shortly after a keen shimmy up an obvious crack. The gods were with us on this fateful day as the weather held as well as the sunny days James Taylor thought would never end. The summit was reached just before 1:00, completing a 3 hour climb. And now for the much quicker slide down!
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