Skiing the Pearl Couloir on Cathedral Peak.
Earlier this week, a group of us went out for our first real backcountry ski day of the season. Better late than never. Sure, we've been in the backcountry on mellow tours through moderate terrain, but conditions and snowfall haven't been suitable for taking on anything more. Now that we're into spring and the instabilities that existed through the winter have been nullified somewhat by the melt-freeze cycle, it was...
At 13,988 ft., Grizzly Peak is the tallest 13er in the state and a regular on many ski mountaineers spring tick list. Dirk and I found it in pretty good shape last Thursday. [singlepic=13,361,500,,center] Technically, Grizzly falls in the Sawatch Range and not in the Elks but with popular access beginning a short way up Independence Pass on the Aspen side, it feels pretty local. If you put together a list...
We hooked up with a gang of friends from town and headed up to Cathedral Lake. Our goal was the Pearl Couloir of Cathedral, an area classic and sweet objective by itself. At the top of the couloir however, Christy and I would continue on up and over to Cathedral’s true summit, and ski it’s Southeast Face.
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