Peak:  Rinker Peak (13er)
 Route:  South Slopes
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  Cereal
 Date of Info:  05/19/2019
 Date Posted:  05/20/2019

Summary: There is a good-sized cornice on the final east ridge up to the summit, and I was unable to summit.

The trail is completely dry for the first 1.5 miles (just before photo #6 in the route description) and goes quickly. After that, it is mostly snow, but I was able to bare-boot it just fine. The trail is easy to follow and continues to go quickly, until...

Lots of older and newer avy debri after the two log bridges (you are now climber's right of the gulch) make it slow-going and impossible to stay on the actual trail. I would recommend staying as close to the gulch as possible; I ended up getting too far up to the right of the gulch and it wasn't worth the effort.

I don't think anybody skis this thing, but there is continuous snow from the ridge down to the gulch on the south slope. There are a handful of dry patches and rock outcroppings to climber's right of the standard route that I hopped between to gain the ridge.

Gaining the ridge and looking to the left at the summit, I saw the cornice about 200' below the summit. It is south-facing and pretty substantial. I put on microspikes and went up to take a look, hoping there might be a way around it to the right (north). But I got to about 300' of the summit and turned back, as there was no safe way to pass.

I was able to bare-boot it over to the Twin Peaks and down the shoulder. Great views of Elbert and the 13ers south of 82 from the Twins, as well as the Twin Lakes and the Mosquitos!

 Comments or Questions

05/22/2019 14:16
Have any pics of the cornice? Did you happen to peer down the NE face for snow coverage?


No Pics
05/22/2019 19:54
I wasn't sure how far over the NE face I could safely go, so I can't attest to snow coverage on NE face.

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