Peak:  American Peak (13er)
 Route:  Independence
 Range:  San Juan
 Posted By:  CUaaron25
 Date of Info:  06/18/2016
 Date Posted:  06/20/2016

Hiked American peak via the independence couloir on Saturday. The basin had intermittent snow but we were able to walk all the way to the independence couloir with our skis on our backs. Arrived at the base of the couloir around 730ish and found perfect snow for cramponing. Only two minor snow slopes to cross on the backside of the peak but avoidable. We skiied patriot and harvested massive amounts of corn! The top 50-75ft of patriot is melted out but independence was continuous to the ridge.

the next day we hiked un 13,832 in what we're basically summer conditions!

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