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KPT08: pictures from the Swansons' 35th Kings Peak Ski Run

 
KPT08: pictures from the Swansons\' 35th Kings Peak Ski Run

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Page By: Dmitry Pruss

Created/Edited: Mar 30, 2008 / Apr 5, 2008

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KPT 08

Highlights of this year's (35th annual) 30-odd miler day trip included strong South-Westerly winds blasting the route all the way from Elkhorn Crossing up; thick, firm snow over the creekbed; and unfortunately the demise of a very long tradition of pre-trip dinner gathering at Lotty's in Evanston (it had been remodeled into a sport bar :/ - gotta find a new venue for KPT09).

Also new and amazing for 2008 were Larry Swanson's aerials of the route!

12 of the 22 participants summited this year, including Steve Swanson, 69, the co-founder and co-organizer of the tour.

External Links

The Swanson brothers' TR at Wasatch Mountain Club website

Images


West Gunsight and Kings Peaks

West Gunsight and Kings Peaks

Gunsight High Traverse track

Gunsight High Traverse track

Emmons as seen from Kings Peak

Emmons as seen from Kings Peak

The summit rocks, plastered with rime

The summit rocks, plastered with rime

Anderson Flats, Anderson Pass, and Henrys Fk Pk

Anderson Flats, Anderson Pass, and Henrys Fk Pk

ZeeJay at the summit

ZeeJay at the summit

Kings Peak East aspect

Kings Peak East aspect

Moogie737 at the summit

Moogie737 at the summit

View SE from summit

View SE from summit

Parting shot

Parting shot

Upper East slopes of Kings

Upper East slopes of Kings

South Kings as seen from Kings Peak

South Kings as seen from Kings Peak

Gunsight and Gilbert as seen from Kings Peak

Gunsight and Gilbert as seen from Kings Peak

Rob on the summit ridge, with Gunsight / Gilbert behind

Rob on the summit ridge, with Gunsight / Gilbert behind

East slope track

East slope track


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vanman798A few of Questions

vanman798

Voted 10/10

It doesn't look like you skied (skinned) to the peak, so to what point (ie Gunsight pass, or whatever) where you able to ski?

It looks like some folks in the pictures have ice axes, whereas others don't. Where ice axes really needed? I don't see anyone in crampons, so I'm guessing they weren't needed, is that correct?

How long did the ascent take vs. the descent? What was the round trip time (car to car)?

Thanks!

Looks like a great trip, and a marathon challenge!
Posted Apr 1, 2008 4:46 pm

Dmitry PrussRe: A few of Questions

Dmitry Pruss

Hasn't voted

Patience, patience! ZeeJay is writing a detailed TR! But basically this year all skiers but one left their skis at the base of Gunsight Pass. Ice axes were primarily useful for those who took high traverse route across Gunsight South Bowl. Ascent times were from 8.5 to 9.5 hours and descent times varied more widely from 4 to almost 9 hours.
Posted Apr 2, 2008 8:49 am

vanman798Re: A few of Questions

vanman798

Voted 10/10

Thx, and I look forward to the TR.
Posted Apr 2, 2008 11:16 am

seanpeckhamI missed it!

seanpeckham

Hasn't voted

I was thinking of going on this, but the weather forecast didn't look too promising, so I didn't. But it looks like you had fine weather! (kick myself) I tried to do Gobbler's Knob that day instead, but it got buried in clouds and my partner wasn't in the mood to ski in a whiteout. My consolation is that if I do King's as a backpack with my wife this summer I stand less chance of losing my drive to summit, since I will not have already done so.
Posted Apr 5, 2008 3:05 am

Dmitry PrussNot the last one! Re: I missed it!

Dmitry Pruss

Hasn't voted

:) Well it looks like the ski season at Uinta 13ers is not over yet ... we are looking for more, possibly as early as 4/12
Posted Apr 5, 2008 10:30 am

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