Peak:  Snowmass Mountain (14er)
 Route:  Up S-Ridge, down West Slopes
 Range:  Elk
 Posted By:  HikesInGeologicTime
 Date of Info:  10/09/2020
 Date Posted:  10/10/2020
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Could be a different story after Sunday, but on 10/9, Snowmass was snowless (including, according to the summit view, on the East Slopes).

Partner left new registers and pens on this summit as well as N. Snowmass'.

ETA some thoughts on the West Slopes now that I've gotten some sleep: partner and I were initially gung-ho to go back down S Ridge based on the horror stories we'd heard about the looseness of the W. Slopes, but the lateness of the day when we started descending + having had an adequate daily serving of spice ascending the Ridge prompted us to do the loop.

The Slopes are indeed loose most of the way. There's a brief section of decently exposed Class 3 just below the summit, but this is pretty solid with only a couple places where you'd need to pay extra-close attention to your next holds. Below that, in our opinions, it was a standard-issue Class 2 gully: long, tedious, and a bit better with microspikes for the loose dirt segments, but no more technically difficult than what you might find in some sections of standard routes in the Sawatches or Mosquitos, and definitely not what I was expecting (which was along the lines of Mt. Wilson via Kilpacker, but with even bigger rocks).

Would recommend making a good effort to beat the sun down to the last section scree/boulderfields at the base of the slope, as finding the route through and past the cliffs there is not much fun in the dark after you've already had a longer-than-anticipated day.




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