Peak:  Ice Mountain (13er)
 Route:  Refrigerator
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  dcruz654
 Date of Info:  06/07/2020
 Date Posted:  06/07/2020

Fridge is still in good condition for climbing, for skiing it's questionable. The pencil couloir to get to the upper basin also won't last much longer, there is a LOT of water running underneath it and the choke is REAL thin. Will post pictures later when I get a chance.

Left 4wd th at 3:50
One hour to reach the first significant snow (below the pencil)
Summited at 7
Took about a little over an hour getting over to N Apostle (route finding is a little tricky, was my first time)
Back at the car at 10:50, 7hrs round trip

Stream crossing isn't too hard to find. Snow was firm all morning for me, even at 830 on my way out. Couloir's snow was starting to get icy about half way up. I wasn't getting a ton of purchase, but I felt comfortable with one axe (I took two and never brought the second out). The choke is maybe 7' wide and full of small rocks that have been piling up for awhile in the couloir. Wouldn't make for a fun ski imo

1 the thin snow bridge in the lower couloir
2 couloir between West Apostle and Ice I think, still fat.
3 base of refrigerator
4 part way up, tons of small rocks in the couloir
5 looking at N Apostle
6 looking back at ice/refrigerator
7 all three peaks
8 where I crossed the stream

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