Peak:  North Star Mountain (13er)
 Route:  Southeast Shoulder
 Range:  Tenmile
 Posted By:  daway8
 Date of Info:  01/20/2021
 Date Posted:  01/20/2021

Did the entire route without using traction or floatation. There were a few icy spots and I did do a little postholing now and then (in a few isolated spots up to my knees) but there was never enough of this to feel the need to gear up (your tolerance level may be different). Took the road up, it was fairly well tracked for much of it but there were a couple of concerning wind loaded slopes hanging over the road in spots. Wind gust forecast jumped to 50mph at the last minute and I think it hit that at least a few times. Took 5hrs to reach the summit fighting into the wind but 3hrs to return with wind mostly at my back. Ridge line from falsely labeled summit at the start of the ridge (I call it Baby North Star) to the real North Star at the far end of the ridge was far more dramatic in appearance than in summer - sometimes coming up to one narrow spike of snow with large, steep snow fields dropping off the side but there were decent tracks already set in across most of it. Staying on the very top of the ridge seemed to generally be the best route under the current conditions. Will add some photos later.

Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) Road to left, one the bypass options to the right#2) Looking over to Lincoln#3) Road conditions#4) windy day#5) gaining the ridge - largely blown dry#6) View of the ridge#7) Looking over to Quandary, Fletcher#8) Another view of Quandary/Fletcher#9) Along the ridge#10) Looking back along the ridge - some sections lots of snow, some sections very dry#11) Another view of the ridge#12) One of the most worrying slopes along the road#13) Another view of troubling slope over the road.

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