Peak:  James Peak (13er)
 Route:  Superstar couloir
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  PeakSixTD
 Date of Info:  05/29/2021
 Date Posted:  05/30/2021

Snow conditions on superstar were fantastic, until you reach the cornice that is. From the bottom it looked like it may be blunted enough to surmount. That was not the case. I initially planned shooting star because of a prior CR. Shooting star looks worse! A massive cornice blocks gaining the summit from the crux. I also saw a large cornice break later in the day so climbing it even with pro is a bad call right now. Hopefully in a couple of weeks they will both be climbable. I did the full length of superstar and even traversed far right below the cliffs to a mixed line to try and summit that way. 10 feet from the ridge crest required me to traverse back onto snow. It was so slushy and wet with MAJOR exposure that I actually felt more comfortable down climbing the whole thing. I ended above where the cornice was on the other side but did not summit James.

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