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[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.


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.


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.



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


Edited by mattschweiker

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