|Peak:||James Peak (13er)|
|Route:||Shooting Star Couloir|
|Date of Info:||05/28/2022|
Weak freeze Friday resulted in warmer sloppier snow than I would have liked. After no reports I could find of it being climbed I had to be the beta on this one. TLDR - not really in condition in the traditional sense. Superstar is the one to do right now. Some crappy pics below.
Good snow coverage on the lower section with a short 5th class rock band to the next section of snow. Rock was poor quality. 2nd section was steeper snow until the final choke which was just a wet rock chimney. Looked to be about 5.7 off-width if climbed direct. I had skis on my back so I took a variation off a right branch to stay on snow and ended up bypassing it with some creative climbing over a connecting snow covered ridge. Final move on exit involved chopping a tunnel through an overhanging cornice in order to reach the flat summit plateau. Snow was in your face steep for the final 3rd of the climb. Used two tools and was glad I did. Would say that it's in depending on who you are but it's partially a mixed climb right now.
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