Peak:  Fletcher Mountain (13er)
 Route:  Southeast Ridge
 Range:  Tenmile
 Posted By:  Tim A
 Date of Info:  06/21/2019
 Date Posted:  06/21/2019
Details

Tried Fletcher yesterday. 47 degrees at the gate at 530am. Made it to the mine and called it a day, lots of postholing.

Returned this morning at 4am. It rained most of yesterday in summit county and cleared up after dark and really cooled things off so the snow was much better. 35 degrees at the gate at 345.

I took a snow detour from the route on this site and followed trail segments and a bootpack across snowfields to nearly the western end of the reservoir. There's an obvious gully that dumps out over there and it has continuous snow to the mining ruins up at 12,300. From there, some dry trail segments visible but stayed on snow to the upper basin and up the ârust-colored gully' which is still buried in snow.

I opted to avoid the ridge direct and stayed about 5' below the ridge crest on the summit pyramid. Very nasty wind today as the front drifts in, had several instances of dropping to the snow on both knees and clinging to the axe waiting for a gust to subside.

Summit at 8, up to that point snow was fairly pleasant styrafoam. Descended the west ridge towards drift, and by 830 I was postholing to my hips trying to downclimb the summit block. It's rotten bottomless facets under a really thin crust. Once back in the basin, postholed occasionally all the way back to the lake, where I realized I left my trekking poles back up at the bottom of the rust gully. Reascended to there from 10-11am and snow was punchy but not terrible for postholing. By then it was much colder than earlier that morning as the front moved in, and it graupeled consistently during my (second) descent of the day.m

Pic1: the reservoir by moonlight
Pic2: first gully
Pic3: coverage near the top of first gully
Pic4: coverage between the mining ruins and the ridge
Pic5: Fletcher's SE ridge and south face
Pic6: the summit pyramid
Pic7: the traverse to drift (didnt investigate conditions, the wind was absolutely energy-sapping)



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Comments or Questions
HikerGuy
User
Road melt?
06/21/2019 16:20
Thoughts on how much longer it will be before the road will melt out to the dam? Thanks! Troy


Tim A
User
Road
06/21/2019 16:23
Thereâs some lingering snow on the north side but the entire road is two car-widths dry across all the way to the dam. The gate should be open soon. I noticed the gate to Mcullough Gulch was open on my way down.



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