Humboldt Peak 14,064′ – Southeast Gully 3/17/17 – The Sangres are thin

With spring conditions in effect I thought I’d go check out the Sangre de Cristos. I left Summit County a little later than expected and didn’t get a look at the line as it was dark when I arrived at the trailhead. Oh well you never know till you go. The alarm went off earlier than expected or at least that’s how it felt after being in the truck for the first night of many this spring. I watched the sunrise and reset the alarm as there was a decent lenticular cloud blocking direct sunhit. After a while I woke up and got ready. The slog up the road went quickly and I made decent time to summer trailhead and then on to the base of the ascent which was just east of the line. As I neared treeline I realized that I’d have to come back for this one when there was more snow. Oh well life is a training day. Onward to the summit I pushed seeking more expansive views of what the Sangres had to offer. I summited and got what I was looking for. I snapped some pics, had a snack and then started my descent on foot, downclimbing about 500′ to the snow. The skiing was fun once I got to the corn, above that I wouldn’t use the word fun to describe it. Lower down in the trees I found that the cliff band was melted out so I downclimbed that as well. I managed to ski almost all the way to the truck. even with all the downclimbing I still managed about 4800′ of skiing. Most days in the Sangre are tough and this was no different but it was fun to stretch the legs in such a beautiful place. On the way back north I did notice the northern Sangres had a bit ore snow and found an inspiring line on Galena Peak. Will have to add that to the hit list.

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