Peak:  Mt. Ouray (13er)
 Route:  “Rollercoaster” from Monarch Pass
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  -wren-
 Date of Info:  02/27/2022
 Date Posted:  02/27/2022
Details

20 hours, 26 miles, 8,500-9,500 gain (conflicting measurements with me and my partner) If you're annoyed by ups and downs along a route, look elsewhere lol! starting elevation of 11,500 and peak of 13,970 but 8,500-9,500 elevation gain to grab it this way. You have the opportunity to bag Chipeta Mountain and its subsummit along with 3 12ers and an 11er, we got three of them. We were hoping for lots of dry ground, we got some but not much - brutal trailbreaking around the final saddle before climbing up to Ouray, and not great on many other places either. Snowshoes 100% required. We eventually stashed them at 12,450 but they stayed on most of the rest of the day. Above 12,450 it's classic Sawatch winter with loose talus and unconsolidated snow and pieces of wind crust. There is one very concerning piece of avalanche terrain along the most direct route after the last 12er - you cant miss it looking on CalTopo. it can be managed very well by veering around it quite far to the right, adding gain and mileage. Descend a ridge until you reach dense trees with lower slope angle, cut down, stay away from overhead hazard, and get back on the most obvious route. The snowpack is extremely fragile right now, we heard several huge whoomphs. Other than cornices and that spot, there isn't much of concern if you have your avy brain turned on. Be careful out there.


Comments or Questions
Will_E
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Dude
02/27/2022 23:16
That‘s nuts! I can‘t even imagine doing it from Monarch.


-wren-
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Will E
02/28/2022 02:04
found my wall, realizing 4 hours after getting done that I definitely gave myself a nasty cough. Very high avg elevation plus cold temps wrecked the ex-smoker lungs. hopefully I can move it a little further along with some training before summer. In reality is it that much harder than climbing snowmass on one push during winter tho? Doubt it haha!


Skimo95
Hot damn!
02/28/2022 08:09
Props that‘s pretty epic in winter


coopereitel
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Crazy
02/28/2022 08:10
Nice job man! That's insane. Culebra+Red will be a walk in the park


Posthole Pete
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East Face
02/28/2022 09:46
How was coverage looking off the summit?

Did you get any photos by chance?


Posthole Pete
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East Face
02/28/2022 09:46
How was coverage looking off the summit?

Did you get any photos by chance?


Jay521
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Yikes!
02/28/2022 10:20
Holy crapola! It would take me 2-3 days at best to do what you did.


-wren-
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Posthole Pete
02/28/2022 10:34
Devil's Armchair (east face) is shaping up suuuper nice. However it's a death trap right now, although you probably knew that. No photos of it unfortunately


-wren-
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thanks guys
02/28/2022 10:35
Totally wrecked rn but glad to find my limit and get it done. TR up soon


Anima
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Woah!!
02/28/2022 10:56
Absolutely massive! Good work out there!!!


Posthole Pete
User
Sweet
02/28/2022 16:24
Thanks! I haven't had eyes on it or much sawatch this season so just curious how shes shaping up!

Ill let you know how it looks in April or May

And also, nice work.



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