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Ascent of Snowstorm Peak on 2017-12-10

Climber: Matt Dolan

Date:Sunday, December 10, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Snowstorm Peak
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:12511 ft / 3813 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had to park about 2 miles from the CT/Kennebec parking lot, but it was a straight-forward walk up the road to the saddle. Any river or stream crossing was frozen, but plenty of snow and dirt thrown on the slick ice made it passable. From the saddle I went up the western ridge of Cumberland. No snow, faded trail but grade was shallow enough that a direct ascent is possible. From the summit, I went down the southeast ridge toward the saddle between Cumberland and Snowstorm. Again, not very steep and a direct route is possible. For Snowstorm, I followed the north ridge direction but stayed mostly on the east side to avoid the wind coming out of the west. Descent off the summit was fine, back the way I came and eventually met up with the road.
Both summits were a great intro to Mayday and La Plata Canyon. Scouting for future winter ascents and ski lines. Fun canyon to explore and close to Durango.
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