Quandary Peak 14,265′ Cristo Couloir 5/16/2011

The weather seems to be the recurring theme of this week. I camped at the Buckskin Joe trailhead on Kite Lake road. The plan was to grab Bross and both sides of Democrat. The freeze however didn’t happen. It sems the inversion stuck around on this side of the pass over night. YC met me and said that it was clear and cool on the Summit County side of Hoosier so we dealt with it. Let’s go check out the Direct North Gully off Quandary. And away we went. We made decent time up Quandary’s East Ridge. Upon inspection of the North Gully we found a 43° entrance to about a 50° rollover. This was over a ton of sharks. The consequences seemed really high to go for it with almost 19″ of new in the last week. We decided to give this one some more time and get it in safer conditions. So we skied Cristo Couloir. The corn was awesome and the road back to the trailhead was a pretty easy ski too.

 

Time to drop layers
East Slopes - Ungh
Wheeler North Face looking very full
Mt Arkansas with the Sawatch in the background
Mt Lincoln's North Direct is in this year
The entrance to Quandry's North Direct
Pano of most of the North Direct
Heading down to check it out
Democrat's North Face
Mt of the Holy Cross
YC getting into the Cristo
Nice turns man
That snow was fun
Such a classic line. Too bad we didn't get the North
Can't complain about this one though
My turn
Cristo is the perfect steepness for fast GS turns
This never gets old
The snow stay good all the way down
Creamy dreamy
Debris

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