Peak(s):  Red Mtn C  -  13,229 feet
Date Posted:  01/12/2014
Date Climbed:   01/08/2014
Author:  killingcokes
 Nice to get up high in the winter   

The late morning starts seem to keep rolling along. Doug and Emilie came over and we loaded up the truck. We then headed up I70 to pick up Kevin and the set forth to Blue River. We geared up and hit the skin track at 10:49. With the weather threatening we played the plan for the day as casually as possible. We decided to head up the North Glades and get to treeline and see what we could see. If we could see we would keep heading up the ridge and try and summit Red. Well after an easy skin through the glades, things worked out our way, we decided to push on for the top. The area in the alpine on this aspect is mild. There are threats on either side of the ridge though so being up there in a whiteout can be dangerous. With an eye on the sky we pushed onward. As things always seem to end up, as we were strapping in to the skis the weather took a turn for the worse and the winds picked up while the temps dropped. There was plenty of viz to make it down the upper ridge but finding the knob at the top of the Glades was a little tough in the ping pong ball visibility. After a quick orientation with map and compass we were back on track. The alpine skiing was a mix of pow windboard and grass. The grass was actually pretty fun with minimal rocks.... More thoughts and all the pictures at Red Mountain 13,229 North Ridge and Glades - A Sweet Winter Summit Ski - 1/8/2014

Comments or Questions
Looks like a good choice.
01/12/2014 22:07
I like the new RMNP book too. Happy 2014.

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