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mattschweiker

[TR] Colfax Peak - Cosley-Houston 4/15/2012

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Trip: Colfax Peak - Cosley-Houston

 

Date: 4/15/2012

 

Trip Report:

Jeff Street and I climbed the Cosley-Houston route on Colfax Peak last Sunday. The road is closed 4 miles from the Heliotrope Ridge trailhead. It took us 5 hours to ski the 4 miles of road and 3 miles through the woods to our camp at 6K benches below the glacier. We set-up camp and then skied up to the ridge and got to make some turns before we got into our bivy's.

 

The next day Baker got at least 5 inches of snow and the weather switched between complete white-out and sunshine.

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The route starts with 2 short sections of moderate alpine ice to the base of the crux WI pillar. The pillar was short but vertical with an overhanding buldge at the top.

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We simul climbed the rest of the route. We made one rap across a bergschrund and traversered back to the saddle. We spent 4 hours on the route and got some good powder turns back to our camp.

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Here's a close up of the crux on the Polish route, looks hard. Somebody go get it!!!

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Edited by mattschweiker

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