Peak:  Mt. Evans B (13er)
 Route:  Mosquito Pass from Leadville
 Range:  Mosquito
 Posted By:  JosephG
 Date of Info:  05/02/2015
 Date Posted:  05/02/2015
Details

Mosquito Pass road out of Leadville is snow-free and easily drivable to the winter closure. After that ... snow. Snowshoes highly recommended, mostly for the descent. Or skis, if that's your thing. There's a lot of snow up there, although it's solid in the early a.m. The route is straightforward.

We'd aimed to traverse to Dyer but encountered an impressively, impassively loaded ridge, particularly at the crux. It was difficult to distinguish ridge from snow and cornice. It could be done with proper care, axe, and crampons (spikes likely insufficient), but one of our team lost their axe and that was that. After the crux, the route looked fine. The entire range is draped with snow.



Comments or Questions
BillMiddlebrook
User
Evans
05/10/2015 09:22
I think we met you guys on the summit of Evans yesterday. We were the group of skiers hunkered down in a snow pit, waiting for the east face to warm up. Yup, LOTS of snow up there and, of course, wind.

You might appreciate this: 13er Mt. Evans Summit Pano


BillMiddlebrook
User
Evans
05/10/2015 09:22
I don’t think we would have been up there long without digging that hole because we had to wait a while for the east face to warm up.

Which way did you guys descend? This is what the east side looked like:


JosephG
Yes.
05/10/2015 09:22
Bill,
We thought that was you! Hope you had a great ski down; it was pretty nice on our side for ski purposes. Figured your side was at least as good if not better. One of our group saw your snow pit from Dyer today (different approach). That wind was quite unexpected, given the forecasted 10–15mph! Not altogether pleasant, but not unmanageable. Great pano.


JosephG
Descent
05/10/2015 09:22
We went down the way we came: back up and over Evans, down the slopes to the winter closure on the Leadville side, avoiding the mining tracts all the way. The west side looked almost identical. I attached a few pics for comparison. And, yes, it would have been tough to sit in that wind for long.



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