Climbed the excellent S Ridge from Geneva lake. Pretty solid rock with excellent position. Easy 3rd class. Followed up with a traverse on the connecting ridge to Hagerman which was equally as fun although more difficult and loose.
fun scramble, Duchess did great, lots of loose rock on west side, short approach
Omigosh, what an amazing mountain!!! From the willows and scree field through the cramponing and the scrambling... God, I loved this mountain!!! This is a good, physical peak with incredible scenery...loved every minute of it!
Went up the Eastern route. Snow was soft and post holing was the name of the game by 8:00am! Turned back at ridge because of lousy snow conditions. Husband sunk up to above his waist, rolled over, whole body started going in with no hard snow in reach. Beautiful place though! Absolutely great!
Climbed this peak with Dustin Kelley. There was quite a bit of snow on the Peak and used Ice Axe and crampons once we hit boulder field. Difficult day climb. Great weather.
Hiked in to Snowmass Lake on the day before and climbed Snowmass via the East slopes on the "famous" snowfield... the famous snowfield that was barely there and where it was (above 12,500 feet) it was all deep powder and the entire climb was an awful posthole. Five hours later though I made it!
Rained off. Snowed off. Finally finished it as the 14er finisher just as the leaves are turning.
Great climb with Dad.
This loop made me question my sanity. Goldielocks and I planned a marathon length loop from Snowmass Creek TH: get to Trail Rider pass, then climb Snowmass Peak, then traverse the entire ridge across Hagerman, Snowmass Mountain, and Capitol. Then drop down the Capitol ridge (direct of course) and loop all the way back to TH. Oh yeah, in one day. We made it to Snowmass Mt in total whiteout (finally) and quit. Slog out of there was disgusting. Still almost a marathon. Snowmass is my least favorite mountain in the world. I might retire because of it.
i might have to throw away my fav pants after the freeride down the face :0
left TH 1am wit intention of doing a nice brutal loop..maroon-snowmass TH,trail rider pass,snowmass peak,hagerman, snowmass mtn, capitol back west snowmass trail to start.. well that plan changed when snow and fog blasted the ridges we were rolling on.. very fun but few nav errors because of zero vis made for slower time.. called it a day after snowmass mtn.. still a worthy loop.. there were many gifts this day.. my fav was being so messed up on death march out missed turnoff for maroon-snowmass TH..
Nothing like hiking 2 miles in the wrong direction at 1 am...probably more fun than falling into a bog or slogging through the lake though. Rest up, sista!
Packed up to the lake,which is one of the most scenic high lakes in Co,and had the whole place to myself. Then snow slogged up snowmass the next day. Its longer than you think..lol. first to sign register in 2010. No one had signed it yet that year. What a summit. Wow.
Climbed 'S' Ridge on a day trip from Crystal TH. Descended the same way. Nice route with plenty of solid rock if you stay on the ridge crest. Beautiful weather, great views!
very cool lake and solid climb once we were above the loose headwall
What a great day! Enjoyed a 4 day high pressure system and great backpacking and climbing. LOVED Snowmass Lake.
Topped out late in the day to finally finish the ridge traverse from Capitol.
Looks like me, Mike, and Steve made the first ascent of the ridge proper. Hard to know in CO with unrecorded data. Encountered dangerous-very dangerous climbing most of the way. Especially the Gendarmes. Not much pro and if you do get a piece it's not something you want to fall on. On top of that, it's choss with massive exposure and I mean the worse choss you can imagine. Glad we all came out unhurt. One of the most rewarding experiences though at the same time!!!! This thing is absolutely no joke. A test piece for sure!
The "s" ridge was a great way to climb Snowmass!! A true Classic