Peak:  James Peak (13er)
 Route:  Shooting Star
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  gmarc
 Date of Info:  06/09/2017
 Date Posted:  06/09/2017

Was a little worried about the warm temps, but decided to go for the couloir this morning. The snow up St. Mary's was super firm. Small, intermittent snowfields from the top of the "glacier" to the base of the couloirs, no flotation necessary. I started up the couloir about 6:30am, things were starting to soften up and I enjoyed a bit of post-holing down low on the apron. Shooting Star and Superstar are both in great condition still. There is a pretty large cornice hanging at the top of Superstar though, so be wary if you chose that route. There are some runnels going down both, and a little bit of rockfall was coming down shooting star, but everything was manageable. The snow was a bit sub-optimal on the way up, a little soft and slushy, but easy to kick steps. Looks like another freeze should be coming in a couple days so that should help. I just had one straight mountaineering axe and felt comfortable the whole time, but others may prefer two tools. It gets steep! Glissade off the summit and a couple plunge steps down St. Mary's puts you back at the trailhead in no time!

Great to split kicking steps with Peter (?) and watch James (?) drop the couloir. Nice to meet you guys!

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Comments or Questions
06/09/2017 18:43
Great meeting you, Greg! Here is a shot of you above the split.

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