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.
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!
A view up
Another View up
Topping out where the cinammon buns reside
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.
A look down, where the hell are the buns!?
Now for the traverse.
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.
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....
I then ventured over to "Old Baldy" after South Arapahoe Peak.
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.
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...
I gotta get that south face someday