Peak:  Cathedral Peak A (13er)
 Route:  South Ridge
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  05/15/2020
 Date Posted:  05/15/2020

The first couple of miles on the trail are patchy dirt/mud/snow. The snow in the morning was locked up hard as a rock, in the afternoon it was posthole city. Above treeline the snow was getting bad, while up high it was still pretty solid. The couloir to the ridge was full of frozen debris from wet slides. It was, once again, solid as a rock. The summit ridge is loose, as expected. On the descent the snow in the couloir was softening up, but still pretty icy. I would be VERY wary the next few days with the high predicted heat. Snowshoes were not needed on the ascent but were useful on the descent; crampons and an axe are mandatory for the couloir; we did not wear them for the summit ridge. Fair warning, we basically destroyed the snow on the trail so if anyone goes up after us you'll have your work cut out for you. Last photo is of the Pearl Couloir which has a giant cornice on top and is full of avy debris.

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 Comments or Questions

05/15/2020 16:39
I want your job.


05/20/2020 13:36
Thanks for the report! Sounds like might want to schlep the snowshoes.

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