Peak:  Sunshine Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Face
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  ClimberSkierDave64
 Date of Info:  08/15/2020
 Date Posted:  08/16/2020
Details

We went up the Northwest Face and then returned over Redcloud. The parking lot almost filled up and there were tons of people on the Redcloud trail but we didn't see anyone going up Sunshine's Northwest Face until we met people descending above the gully. The avalanche debris are best avoided by veering left onto a treeless hill when you reach the avalanche debris and then traversing until you regain the trail that takes you back into the trees and towards the Northwest Face. We went up the gully in the route description but stayed on the right side the whole way up. We climbed some very loose Class 3 on the side of the gendarme to the right to avoid the steep scree in the middle of the gully that had no traction. It is almost impossible to not let rocks loose as you climb. Just try to make sure you don't let loose a large rock. There is a misleading cairn if you head down this route that one group we saw headed to and then had to backtrack to the right gully. Just make sure you go to the right of the furthest right gendarme when looking down from above. If you are going to do a loop I recommend going up the Northwest Face and not down it.


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