Peak:  "Drift Peak" (13er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Tenmile
 Posted By:  colin j
 Date of Info:  06/03/2021
 Date Posted:  06/03/2021
Details

Ascended the NW Bowl and descended Villa Ridge. Left TH just after 500 and began climbing NW Bowl at 645; snow conditions were excellent on ascent and I thought this was a really enjoyable snow climb. Lots of mixed snow and loose rock near the summit; reached summit at 820. Decided to descend NW Ridge to avoid posthole city and found the ridge quite challenging, several cornices and softening snow made progress tedious. In these conditions (snowed in ridge and loose rock up high) this route has the feel of a class 3 rather than class 2.


Photos (click for slideshow):
#1) Mayflower Gulch at sunrise#2) Approaching NW Bowl#3) Looking down at snow on Villa Ridge#4) Summit cornice#5) Fletcher and Quandary#6) Looking back at descent route.#7) Same spot as 6; more snow on ridge


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