Sure, it's a lame peak, but we were able to make an interesting ski out of it...
Route: Mt. Cameron - East Slopes
Skiers: USAKeller, BillMiddlebrook
Elevation Gain: 2,750'
RT Mileage: 6 miles
Conditions: It was snowing lightly and foggy up high. Almost continuous snow from the summit down to the Quartzville TH. Above 13,700', the snow was hard with a thin, soft layer on top from above-freezing temps and the light snowfall. Below that it was corn.
Topo of the route (red=hike, blue=ski):
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Hiking along the Quartzville creek drainage - towards the Cameron Amphitheatre:
Near 13,200' at the end of the amphitheater. A look at the terrain below the Cameron-Lincoln saddle. This was the planned descent route:
but, to gain the summit, we climbed directly up the easy slope:
Another day of great views from the summit of Cameron!
Dropping northeast off the summit.
There was a continuous line of snow down across the saddle and to our chosen descent route, just southwest of Lincoln:
Surprisingly good ski conditions for late May:
Below 13,800', we contoured left (northeast) through the cliffs on Mt. Lincoln and skied over to the base of the Georgia Chute:
Then skied another snowfield to reach a sliver of snow that provided access to the amphitheatre:
Not much room, but a straight-line would do:
Looking back at our route through the cliff bands:
On the way out:
I took my eyes off the road for 1 second and hit a large sun-cup. What's better than a face-plant at 1mph on flat terrain?? Laughing, my partner got the camera out just after I removed the ski from my butt:
The lower creek almost had enough snow for a ski back to the Quartzville 4WD road. Almost.
Another good day!
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