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 Peak(s):  South Arapaho Pk  -  13,397 feet
North Arapaho Pk  -  13,502 feet
"Old Baldy"  -  13,038 feet
 Post Date:  06/20/2011 Modified: 01/25/2012
 Date Climbed:   06/19/2011
 Posted By:  FireOnTheMountain

 George Lucas aint got s**t on the IPW   

Alright everyone, queue the music....

The following trip report will send you whirling into hyperspace, ricocheting around muddled asteroid belts, leaping through cavernous wormholes and arriving in strange galaxies far, far away. It will alsoooo take you on my solo (no relation to Han) trip up the Skywalker couloir and over the traverse to North Arapahoe Peak and finally over to "Old Baldy", but whose keeping track.

For those already annoyed and wondering, YES, THE STAR WARS REFERENCES ARE INDEED NECESSARY!

After arriving on Planet Hoth (Aka the Buckingham Campground, Just go Past Eldora up the July 4th road, hang a right at the 1,546th tree and stop at the rock with bird poop on the left, can't miss it) I traveled around 2 parsecs (miles) to the start of the couloir.

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Must rescue the Princess' hair!

I was initially worried that the snow would be curdled yogurt, but all my worries vanished when I stepped out on the snow. Just from the bottom of the couloir I could tell the conditions were going to be great for points, and they were!

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A view up

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Another View up

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Topping out where the cinammon buns reside

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Holy Toledo! I thought Ohio was flat!

I'm pretty sure I could of done the climb with one ice axe, but I felt it was spicy enough to warrant a 2nd tool. Low and behold I had one handy.

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A look down, where the hell are the buns!?

Now for the traverse.

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The traverse has some sweet sections and by sweet I mean mildly hairy, but overall I thought it was quite easy. There were definitely easy ways to get around the harder stuff, but I opted for the tougher sections because I find that stuff fun.

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Another look at the traverse after doing it

Topping out on South Arapahoe Peak, I was accosted by an old friend and we reminisced about the old days of escaping tie fighters and dudes with helmets in all black....

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Chewie!

I then ventured over to "Old Baldy" after South Arapahoe Peak.
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View of Jaba the Hut (Aka "Old Baldy") from North Arapahoe

On the way down, I came across where a substantial sized avalanche had originated and even covered up part of the trail I took earlier in the morning.

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Remnants of the Death Star

It was certainly an amazing day in the IPW as it usually is. This year has been especially kind to that area if you are a fan of the snow so go out and get some! I leave you with the following picture...

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I gotta get that south face someday



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  • Comments or Questions (10)
traderaaron


Ewok isn't it     2011-06-20 16:43:52
Wasn't that actually an Ewok?


Eschuette


Good Report and Question     2011-06-20 18:22:36
Very nice report! How were the trail conditions from the trailhead to south arapaho? Just curious if it was hard to follow the trail below treeline and if there was much postholing with the snow still up there. Thanks!!


cheeseburglar


One of the best written     2011-06-20 18:24:00
trip reports ever.
And a really great marmot picture.


Monster5


IPW     2011-06-20 21:24:51
Gotta love it. Your Princess Leia is better looking than the original.


nkan02


Very impressive!     2011-06-20 23:08:54
To do this the very next day after the Mt. Evans Ascent race - that proves it, you are not human, for sure. I bet you left no footprints on Skywalker, you Ghost Alien Elf ;)


dannyg23


Dude     2011-06-20 23:26:13
nerd alert


FireOnTheMountain



Thanks for reading     2011-06-21 08:57:27
Tradeaaron - Apparently Chewie went to Jenny Craigs and has lost so much weight he got shorter! He was always self-conscious about his weight so commend him next time you see him

Eschuette - The approach to the cooley is very manageable, snowshoes are not necessary. The path is very boot packed.

Nkan02 - I do what I can and congrats on getting Mizzo, hope you didn't get lost again and end up on Elingwood Point

G Man - You're just jealous about my vast knowledge. You are an Eldoran and I bet you didn't know that Planet Hoth was close by. Elingwood Ridge here we come!


Taillon75


Combos     2011-06-21 12:54:02
Is that marmot eating combos?


Rich H


nice marmot man     2011-06-21 15:48:25
I think that was the same little dude I saw when I crested Skywalker - He is the gate keeper.


Chicago Transplant


Jabba     2011-06-22 10:46:38
Hmm, Never realized it before, but Old Baldy really DOES look like Jabba the Hutt, or his head at least.



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