Saturday was prediced to be the end of long window of warm, dry weather, so I thought I'd grab the chance to solo Quandry Peak (14,265') and ski Cristo Couloir. Cristo is a 2,775 foot couloir on the S face of Quandry, the leftmost on the photo below.
The road was closed by snow, so I started to skin in, but after 1/4 mile or so the snow ran out and it was a 2 mile hike in to the base of the couloir. Cramponing up the couloir was tedious, and the snow seemed a bit punchy, so I mostly stuck to the rocks on the left. Maybe they've made Quandry higher since last summer, or maybe I'm getting too old, but 2,775 vertical feet of talus-hopping really took it out of me. And just below the summit, I found that my AT boots had given up the ghost after about 200+ days on them. Another use for duct tape!
There were a bunch of nice guys lounging on the summit, who'd skied up the normal route and were a little surprised to see somebody come up the other side. But the big question is what were they doing with those goats?
The rolloff just below putting on the skis was about 50 degrees, and there was no stopping if one fell. It's a long way down to the reservoir. Jump-turn city, all the way, hard snow. I was pretty glad I'd brought my Whippet.
Halfway down, on easier terrain, I met some nice folks climbing up, and they were kind enough to take my picture...
After that, on downwards to the reservoir, hike out, a quick drive to Denver, shower, an put on a tux to play a concert with the Littleton Symphony the same evening. A full day!