Peak:  Fitzpatrick Peak (13er)
 Route:  North Ridge via Tincup Pass
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  12/21/2019
 Date Posted:  12/21/2019

The road to Tincup Pass is nicely groomed. From there to the 12er snow conditions are pretty good. I wore my snowshoes literally the entire way up and down, including around the coxcomb ridge prior to the 12er and up the Class 2+/Class 3 scrambling on the 12er's summit pitch. After the 12er is a large elevation loss, then Fitzpatrick's long north ridge. There's some steep areas on the ridge that are all avoidable. I descended the east face, linking less steep areas, which wasn't too bad until the willows. Then it was knee deep postholing all the way to the road. I thought it would never end. Definitely not an ideal route down - maybe go back up the ridge to the large shelf below the 12er, then to the pass. It'll probably take longer but you'll avoid the willows which were among the worst I've ever experienced. Axe and spikes not needed (you may want them for the scrambling up the 12er) but floatation is mandatory.

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