Peak(s):  Mt. Evans  -  14,264 feet
Date Posted:  06/08/2011
Date Climbed:   06/04/2011
Author:  bergsteigen
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Mt Evans

Route(s): East Ridge (ski 1), North Face (climb & ski 2), Northeast Ridge (ski 3)
Vertical climbed: 1,565'
Vertical skied: 4,184'
Mileage: 5.1
Partners: Darrin (kansas) - ski, Scott (edlins) - ski, Kris (crossfitter) - driver

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Without a good freeze in much of Colorado, and my time constraints, we almost opted to forgo a mountain foray this weekend. That was until Scott suggested a "Mt Evans Slackerfest!" for Saturday. Get a car shuttle together and ski Mt Evans until the snow turned to slop, or our legs turned to rubber. And we would get all of this, and a return home in the early afternoon. How could we possibly pass this opportunity up? Plus we enlisted the help of a climber as our driver, so we could do all this in one vehicle. Perfect!

We left Boulder well before sunrise to arrive on the summit of Evans at about 6am. A quick hike over past the observatory and onto the hard icy snow for our first ski of the day! The icy hardpack was quite rough on Darrin and my lightweight skis. They rather acted like noodles flopping around on the rough surface. In some of the photos, you can see the flex of the skis.

A smokey sunrise

Scott utilizing his stiff heavy skis to full advantage

Darrin making his first turns of the day

If only Darrin wasn't skiing so fast, this photo would be in focus! ;) - Photo Credit: Scott

Me scraping away - Photo Credit: Scott

Me getting used to the icyness - Photo Credit: Scott

Darrin looking good - Photo Credit: Scott


Looking through rose colored glasses

We skied along the the road until we were back at the base. Threw our skis on our backs and started the hike over to the base of the north face couloirs. Along the way Kris caught up to us, after taking a short nap #1 in the truck.

Some old wet slides on that slope

Starting the hike to the couloir

At the base of the couloirs, we put on our crampons for the rather short climb. The snow here appeared to have a decent freeze, and we made quick time up the slope.

Starting up. Kris taking the more challenging option to the left (east)


Scott climbing

Darrin and me ascending - Photo Credit: Scott

At the top of the ridge, there was quite a gathering of skiers and boarders waiting for the snow to ripen. I decided to go the 0.2mi & 20min to the summit, and in the interim the others decided to ski down already. So not many photos for this section. We all just ripped the ski from top to bottom, so there wouldn't have been many photos anyway.

Darrin skiing down - Photo Credit: Scott

Darrin thinks skiing is AWESOME!!!!!!! - Photo Credit: Scott

Me skiing - Photo Credit: Scott

Check out that smile!

I think he wants to ski that line again....

Kris met us at the bottom with the truck for the last run. Darrin and I hiked to the summit and started skiing down the trail. Scott went and did recon on the slope to the east of the false summit. So once down the trail a bit, we reclimbed up to the eastern false summit, and skied it to the road from there. The sun had baked the snow here to a nice corny goodness. So good, we wanted a 4th helping of corn!

Back on the summit again.

A look at the north face from the eastern false summit

Pano from false summit

Darrin playing in the corn


A look back up

Scott thought it was warm enough to go topless


Piecing through the rocks

Please, sir, I want some more.

Some video from the 3 ski lines

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
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Comments or Questions

06/08/2011 20:39
that's pretty sweet.


06/08/2011 23:53
Great report, awesome day, good company, and amazing ale! Thanks for joining.


awesome skiing!!!
06/09/2011 05:38
Corn is my favorite veg too. way to go Darrin looks like your ready to tackle the laundry line!!!

great report
06/09/2011 05:57
Thanks for the trip report, great pictures. I'm looking to hike Evans on the 18th. So far weather is looking pretty good up there.


06/09/2011 16:40
looks like fun

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