Peak:  Cathedral Peak A (13er)
 Route:  South Ridge
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  LivingOnTheEdge
 Date of Info:  07/13/2019
 Date Posted:  07/14/2019
 Details

Gully still in. Summer snow conditions. Hit the bottom of the couloir at sunrise around 5:45am. Hard snow for most of it, a few front pointing spots and occasionally difficult to get a good axe placement. Sun was hitting the top 15ft of the couloir by the time we topped out. Route to the summit was clear of snow and about as loose as expected. At the top of the gully again around 8:45am but didn't begin descending until about 9:15am as we were waiting for another gentleman to top out before descending. Snow as falling apart at that time. One or two inches of soft unsupportive slush on top of a hard layer. Kicking steps going back down was difficult and tedious; it would have been very difficult to arrest a fall in those conditions. After about 2/3rds of the couloir, we were finally able to plunge step the bottom and walk over to a spot with clear runout to glissade the rest. If I could do it again, I'd try to be descending no later than 8am. Snow would be soft enough to kick into but still supportive. I have plenty of pics of conditions if needed.



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