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 Peak(s):  Quandary Peak  -  14,265 feet
Atlantic Pk  -  13,841 feet
Fletcher Mtn  -  13,951 feet
 Post Date:  06/19/2011 Modified: 05/14/2012
 Date Climbed:   06/18/2011
 Posted By:  doumall

 Tenmile Trio     

Finally got to go play in the mountains again. I have been on skins maybe 10 times this year? Too much traveling for work and a torn MCL have kept me on the sidelines. Particularly frustrating was missing out on skiing the North Face of Capitol a few weeks back. Man, I have been thinking about that line for 2 years, the invite came and Jordan even waited to do it on a weekend! Oh well, stoked he got that done.

Saturday I blew off some steam in McCullough Gulch. The trailhead is accessible with low clearance 2WD. The approach is very soggy. A mild freeze didn’t help. The snow flying up high did though, giving me time to stretch out a few different lines this day.

Fletcher was first. I intended to climb the East Face direct but with low-vis just punched steps upward and found myself in a nice couloir which meets the SE ridge a hundred feet below the summit.

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Good Climbing on Fletcher


Steep snow through here. The finish was great fun, here it is. You can see my boot tracks. No angle modification. An interesting ski entrance on the trip back down.

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Top out on Couloir


The summit ridgeline held snow which reminded me of a day of resort skiing on Mt Bachelor this spring.

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Summit Ridgeline


I couldn’t quite make out the exit of the East Face direct from the snowcapped summit. It looked like it didn’t go through so I headed back down my ascent route. It turns out it barely did go through, maybe one ski length wide for 20 feet. The descent I got was great though, full value steepness up top and powder through the middle and bottom. Next I headed over to Atlantic via Atlantis Couloir.

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Looking at Atlantic and Atlantis



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Neat Area



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Climbing Atlantis


I was astonished by all the snow on the summit ridgeline of Atlantic. Neat to see what everyone has been talking about all year. The summit cairn was actually well below and 150 feet west of the highest summit snow.

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Summit of Atlantic


I was ready to pop! Four to six inches of dry fresh coated the upper slopes of my ski descent. These turns were worth every step. After a dozen fast pow turns, I came over a roll into the Y couloir. Great conditions. Smooth snow, fresh pow. June... thank you Colorado.

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Atlantic East Face Y Coulior


Next was what I really came out this day to ski. The North Face direct on Quandary. Why is it this doesn’t get skied more often I wonder? More dangerous snow pack or harder access? Whatever it is, I think this is the primo line off this popular peak.

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Booting Quandary North Face


The skiing began 30 feet below the summit cairn and the choke goes through.

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Top of Line with Hikers on Summit



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Best Line on Quandary?



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North Direct Tracks


Always a good feeling when the plan comes together. I have Debbie’s banana bread and my brother’s tamarind candy to thank for getting me through all the booting this day.



My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):




Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
 


  • Comments or Questions (8)
pioletski


Nice, Joe!     2011-06-20 08:25:44
Looks like a pretty big day. About time we got some fresh snow around here...


killingcokes


Sweet     2011-06-20 14:10:47
Looks like a fun day.

Those are some fine lines aren't they?


benners


Nice     2011-06-20 23:20:18
to see a TR from you man! I feel like it's been awhile. I was actually eyeing the north line on Quandary just the other day thinking, ”that looks like the best way to ski it”. Way to go getting the other two as well. Banana bread from the wife makes for an excellent trail snack doesn't it?


doumall


Thanks for the comments guys     2011-06-21 08:56:57
Hey Matt, ya hope that new snow smoothes out the Sawatch for this weekend.

Fritz, you picked a nice range for your book. There are a ton of really good lines in there all smashed next to each other with easy access. If only they were 1000-2000 vert longer, eh? Then we would be (even more) spoiled.

Ben, been a while is right. Kind of took a year off, voluntarily and not so voluntarily. You had a good year, nice push. Love the wife's banana bread. Mountain Power!


doumall


Atlantis...     2012-05-14 12:48:08
Seems this couloir on the SE side of Atlantic may or may not be Atlantis. This couloir I climbed has a small tower/boulder in the middle near the bottom and chokes out a bit 3/4 way up. Good climb. Y is a better ski.


drex27

Always enjoy your reports, Joe     2011-06-21 12:52:06
What brought you out to Bachelor? I moved to Oregon last fall, so give me a shout if you are in the northwest and want to do some skiing.


doumall


Sup Derek     2011-06-22 08:01:14
Hey man, thanks for stopping by. I was out in Bend visiting some old friends. Brought the stuff to ski Hood but the weather stunk it up. Did get the closing day at Bachelor, which was a powder day! Nice mountain. Thanks for the ski offer, I will definitely hit you up to get some of that stuff in Oregon, looks fun (Hood and Jefferson, the sisters?). Will have to wait till next year though, MTBing the Colo trail in July and my training is behind. Where are you living?


moneymike


Nice work!     2011-06-22 16:06:46
Looks like you got a pretty good workout that day. I'm really liking pic #2.



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