Ascent of Bloody Mountain on 2019-06-08

Climber: Hayden Dozier

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, June 8, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bloody Mountain
    Elevation:12552 ft / 3825 m

Ascent Trip Report

Skied Bloody Couloir in June, the latest in the year I've ever descended it, in surprisingly good spring conditions. The 4x4 road up is pretty bad, especially in a wet year, but adds a bit of interest to the trip in. I had to pull a truckload of skiers out of a snowbank, where they had sunk to the doors on their way out.
Camped out around 8200', then hiked in the next morning, electing to boot the line directly in order to assess snow conditions. The lower part of the snowfield was a bowling alley of flying rocks, releasing from the east facing walls of the chute as they warmed in the morning sun, then buzzing down the frozen slope to eventually crash into the rocks 2500' feet below. You could see them coming from 1000' feet up, and engaged in a quickening dance as they got closer, in some cases to literally dodge them them by mere feet as they whipped by. The upper part of the couloir steepens, then rolls over and over, leaving the top just beyond grasp.
Reached the summit at 12550, and ran into Dwayne, from the Bay Area, who had hiked up the ridge route and arrived within a minute of me. Both being solo, we decided to ski together on the way down, The top third was delightful, smooth, and a little firm. The middle part had slid, and was pretty chewed, and then the bottom third was great corn. We high fived, shook hands, and proceeded our separate ways down the valley. Another great challenge from beautiful Bloody Mountain.
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