Jeff Kepler and I did a short tour up Spruce Creek and rode some fun terrain below Mt. Helen. I dug a snow pit on a E/NE aspect, 11,400 ft, with a slope angle of 35 degrees around 2:40 PM. Deep persistent weak layers were evident but hard to trigger, although in areas that have a shallower snowpack this could change quickly. Some surface instabilities were encountered as well.
Category: Tenmile Range (Page 1 of 3)
June 28, 2016
Temperatures began to rise and the remaining alpine snow was quickly disappearing before our eyes. Summer was finally beginning to dominate the high country. Pat “Perry” Johnson and I were eager to transition into approaches involving lighter packs and routes with more rock than snow. We planned for a full day in the alpine knowing that the weather would be bluebird and warm.
March 8, 2016
The beginning of February brought us some really good powder here in Summit County. Just as things were shaping up to be a promising month for snow, a trend of warm weather began and persisted for a period that had everyone dreaming of more pow days. The mild temperatures were a nice break from the ice climbing and avalanche safety level 2 classes I took at CMC Breckenridge. During the avalanche level 2 class we performed snow profiles all around Summit County and things were looking quite stable. Thanks Dan Moroz for such a great class!
Pat “Perry” Johnson and I decided to take advantage of the relatively stable conditions and go after a bigger line. After some thought we decided to climb Peak One from Mt. Royal and tentatively descend the eastern ridge, leaving us some room to judge the conditions once onsite and maybe take a different line. We skinned up to the top of Mt. Royal and transitioned to crampons at the start of the ridge to the summit of Peak One.
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.
September 9, 2015
After a long month of working on summits in the Tenmile Range, Pat Johnson and I were both on the verge of completing the range’s peaks over 13,000 ft. With a clear and sunny day ahead of us we departed the trailhead above Montgomery Reservoir and onward towards Mt. Fletcher. After gaining the saddle between Fletcher and Quandary we quickly made our way to the summit. This marked my completion of summiting every peak over 13,000 ft. in the Tenmile Range in less than a year.