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dirtysouth

[TR] Diamond Peak - Pioneer Gulch 2/1/2011

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Trip: Diamond Peak - Pioneer Gulch

 

Date: 2/1/2011

 

Trip Report:

We were able to drive up to about 4400 feet on road 1249. After parking and grabbing our stuff, we hiked/skinned up through road 2160 up towards the mountain from there. A fast and hard snowpack made it easy to bootpack or snowshoe up. The snow softened up a little bit as the day progressed, but forecasted temps were in the 20's which kept everything stable and fast. Left the car at 11, topped out at 4, and we were back down by 6, spending 30 minutes up top. First time on Diamond for both of us - we were stoked!!!

 

Finding the ridge

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Higher on the ridge

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Arriving at the false summit

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Sweet views from the summit ridge!

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Fast and icy ski down

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Gear Notes:

Skis, skins, crampons.....snowshoes, board

 

Approach Notes:

Able to drive to about 4400 ft

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Way to get after it guys! Really appreciate you taking the time to post up the report... We've been trying to decide if it's worth dusting off the skis for this weekend, doesn't look like the corn is really happening yet although the temps look like they are going up in the next couple of days.

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Yeah - forecasted temps for this coming week are 10-15 degrees higher than when we went up....could soften it up really nice! I'd start way earlier than our 11am "alpine start" though. All that rain in the area made the snowpack as stable as it's ever gonna be. You should get up there before the next big snows come!

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nice, I was up that way during the end of summer and was thinking there was some nice lines to carve into that one. Way to get it!

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I always enjoy the Pioneer Gulch route in the spring. It is a good place to find some peace and quite.

 

A couple years ago in May, I trekked down there and was only able to drive a couple hundred yards on FS Road 2149 before I was stopped by trees all over the road. Made for a much longer trip than expected. This is also after I called the FS and inquired about the road...

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