Climbing Snowmass Mountain

 

Planning a trip to Snowmass Mountain during the mid March 2013 time frame for a week. The agenda will be to ski in the Snowmass & Vail areas and climb Snowmass Mountain. Planning to stay in the Snowmass Village.

Snowmass Mountain (14,099 feet (new survey), Coordinates: N37° 50′ 21” W107° 59′ 27”)  is a remote wilderness peak located in the Elk Mountains of Colorado, west of of Aspen and southwest of Snowmass Village. The mountain is the 3rd highest in the Elk Range and ranks as the 34th highest of the Colorado 14ers. Its name is derived from a huge permanent  snowfield basin that lies on its eastern slopes below its summit. The snowfield is one of Colorado’s largest.

Snowmass is a spectacular mountain and very steep on all sides. There are no easy ways up and can be very dangerous to climb and even deadly. The thin knife-edge ridges leading to the summit jet up about fifty feet from its slopes. The rocks look like spears coming up out of the earth. The tops of the ridges are very exposed, dangerous and requires a long & tedious hike to climb through. These rocks are often no more then a couple of feet wide.

As of right now, looking at approaching the summit via Snowmass creek. The route is long and very beautiful. Ice axe and crampons are a must.

Please let me know if you would have an interest in climbing to the summit of Snowmass Mountain during the mid March 2013 timeframe.