Peak:  "Lackawanna" (13er)
 Route:  Southwest Gully
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  04/25/2020
 Date Posted:  04/26/2020

Echoing what CheapCigarMan said. Snow in the gully is continuous top to bottom. I wore microspikes from the road up "Lackawanna", over to 13,660, and all the way back to the road. Snow near the top of the gully was soft and I was postholing about knee deep breaking trail. On descent the snow was crazy sticky and balled up underfoot. A couple of splitboarders caused an avalanche that ripped out the top of the gully, perhaps 100 feet wide and 600-1,000 feet long. Beware of worsening conditions as the heat and sun bake the gully. An ice axe was not strictly necessary but was nice for the traverse to 13,660. Flotation was not necessary at all. Last shot shows the traverse to 13,660.

Photos (click for slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

04/28/2020 10:43
Heya....would you be kind enough to share the timeline of your day? Thanks!

Posthole Pete

04/28/2020 11:38
Thanks for getting photos of the slide! It was me who set it off (you can see me in photo 7)


04/29/2020 10:06
@tain21: Here's my timeline:
6:14am start from the bottom of the gully (later than I would have liked)
Approximately 9:21am arrival on "Lackawanna" (3:07:31 to the summit of "Lackawanna" with a 3:16 rest)
Approximately 10:15am arrival on Point 13,660 (54:16 from "Lackawanna" with a 2:54 rest)
Approximately 11:06am arrival back on "Lackawanna" (49:40 from Point 13,660 back to "Lackawanna", talked to Posthole Pete for maybe a minute before beginning the descent)
Approximately 12:20pm arrival at La Plata Trailhead (1:16:55 back to the car, which includes at least a mile on the road; descent of the full gully itself took less than an hour)
6:14:32 total time

@Posthole Pete: You should submit a report to CAIC! I can send you the full resolution photos if you're interested.

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