June 16, 2015

Jeff Kepler, Pat “Perry” Johnson, and I were having a great spring so far filled with some successful splitboard trips. On the morning of June 16, 2015 we decided to attempt Crystal Peak’s summit. Starting around 4:30 AM at the trailhead we made our way up from Spruce Creek road. We encountered some very wet conditions, including a sketchy creek crossing, that made the approach interesting to say the least. After making our way above treeline Perry realized he did not have enough time to go for Crystal as he had to be at work later that morning. Some quick deliberation led us to go for Peak 10’s summit and then ride it’s southern slopes instead. The safe snow conditions assured us that this call was a good one.

The approach had us going back and forth between hiking and skinning more than a few times. Eventually we made it to the summit after witnessing an incredible sunrise. During our transition at the summit we were greeted with a snow squall that came out of nowhere and reminded us that winter wasn’t over just yet. The descent provided us with some great corn snow and after a nice shred down we transitioned to hiking and made our way back to the car. Even with some cold conditions the beautiful sunrise and good snow reminded us why we put up with the early wake ups and wet approaches.