Peak:  Sunshine Peak (14er)
 Route:  East Ridge
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  JtheChemE
 Date of Info:  01/04/2021
 Date Posted:  01/05/2021

Prior to Jan 5 snow: No snowshoes needed until ~11k. From there, old snowshoe trench has been refurbished and there is a strong trench until treeline. Breaking treeline has the potential area of concern regarding avalanche hazard, but was not an issue for us. Obviously make your own determination based on the day. Cached snowshoes at 11.3k which worked just fine as onward to Sunshine and on to Redcloud mostly windblasted rocks.

Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) Typical bootpacking until 11k. Some deeper snow, some dry.#2) Upper tundra, we wore snowshoes until 12k.#3) Windblasted and cruiser.#4) Deep trenching in trees.

Comments or Questions
Nice report
01/05/2021 22:45
Nice work. That trench looks incredible.
I'm still thinking about this one soon.


01/09/2021 07:41
... thanks for the trench! Been cutting trails all over, nice to have this one all set up.

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