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Ascent of Chicago Ridge on 2017-02-01

Climber: Devon Hummer

Date:Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Chicago Ridge
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:12714 ft / 3875 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started the ascent through the backcountry gate at Ski Cooper, skinned nearly to the top until Rocks were exposed and snow coverage was thin. We then finished the remaining 100-200 meters hiking/climbing without our packs/skis. Observing the Peaks and the potential ski lines surrounding us was astounding, the snow above tree line was extremely crusty due to nearly a week of temps pushing 40s and sun. Once you were into the bowl/tree line snow became soft and delightful to ride. Rode the three person chair back to the top of Ski Cooper Resort and took Trails End back to the car which was parked in the lot. We woke up at 430 am were on the skin track by 6 and back to the car by 1030. This was also our first time using skins/ we do however own touring skis/boots (BD boundary 107/ Salomon Guardian/ Salomon MTN Explore) and overall it was a very successful first ascent and descent of a real mountain in winter.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2214 ft / 674 m
    Route Conditions:
Snow on Ground, Scramble, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Skis, Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2214 ft / 674 m
    Start Trailhead:10500 ft / 3200 m
Descent Statistics



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