Climbed Skywalker with Mike, Marella, and CharlesD. Hit the base of the climb about 6:30am. Snow was rock hard and solid. Sunlight on the Princess Leia finish made it absolutely perfect. The schrund at the base of the Leia section is starting to open up a bit. Still passable, but not easily for much longer. Definately evidence of sporadic rockfall, and a couple whizzed by. Wear a helmet on this one.
Awesome climb, awesome day.
this is a great climb, i'd def. call it a classic.
another climber measured the angle at the top to be 45deg., i'd say that at max it might get up to 55; on some of the bulges on the upper left of the couloir. no way 65 deg. though.
Ascent via Skywalker with direct finish. Departed TH at 0500. Perfect conditions: points-only penetration at start, forefoot penetration at top, and mostly dry on traverse. The traverse is awesome, and only has one tiny 4th class slab. First team up Skywalker (simul-solo), first team to N Arapahoe, first team back to parking lot.
After a couple days in CO (on Grays and the Flatirons) I was too whipped (and whimpy) to carry the ropes/axes/crapons, etc. into Skywalker as I had been planning, so we went light and climbed the SE Ridge.
A great day with great company! Like gurlyclimber said, this was a great tour of these peaks, we had so much fun. Everyone was on Skywalker so we had 1400' of snow climbing completely to ourselves! Then we got a lot of fun scrambling from the top of North Star to the summit of N. Arapahoe. From there it was more fun scrambling on the ridge to S. Arapahoe.
Another summit with my sweetie and one of my best friends. Climbed North Star Couloir with chicagotransplant and Jody. We traversed to N. Arapaho and then to S. Arapahoe. In my opinion, this is the best way to do these peaks (any couloir + traverse). EXTREMELY FUN DAY!
Summit - woot
Soloed Skywalker in beautiful weather. Princess Leia was one of the most fun things I have ever done. A little slushy at the top made things interesting. Linked up to the ridge traverse to North for a fantastic day. My first couloir climb, and I'm addicted!
Skywalker Couloir. Total ascents = 3.
Total ascents = 2.
So nice I had to do it twice...this time with two girlfriends, and with substantial amounts of early season snow! Nothing too tricky though. Too much snow/not enough time for ridge runnning again! (I'll get over to N. Arapaho someday! I've heard the ridge is very fun...but I've been wanting to do a couloir from the glacier...hmmm)
Took my buddy Chad (not my husband, guess I have a thing for Chads) up his first big CO mtn. IMHO, this is the most beautiful area in the front range...We arrived too late for the traverse to North Arapaho.
North Arapaho in 96 via the ridge from South. Fun trip across with lots of exposure. Dodged lightning bolts on the return. Sleet. South peak climbed several times previous.
This was a nice fall climb. Quite a bit of snow from that big storm last week. Wasn't up for the traverse. Probly do it some time in the future or climb North Arap. from another route.
The traverse is an awesome climb. It was not as difficult as I expected; the inclined slab was quite short and not terribly too steep. These cruxes made the climb much more enjoyable.
Did a lot of 5th class stuff to avoid the scree, the final third was a bit of a challange.
After carefully studying weather forecasts, we started up the trail shortly after noon. The clouds were trying to build, but humidity was too low and we safely summitted a few hours later. This is surely a worthwhile hike with a fun talus scramble at the end. The ridge traverse looked scary--luckily we had insufficient time to traverse to North Arapaho. lol. Due to our late start, both mountains were completely deserted! I recommend this fun and scenic walkup!
Weird summer day in the IPW-at least from what I have experienced. The weather actually got better as the day progressed. Got to the top of S Arapaho, the weather looked nasty quite a ways to the south and southwest and I decided to go for N Arapaho. Very straightforward (painted arrows and cairns whenever route finding was ), well travelled and fun scrambling! This would be a good introduction to this sort of thing... All in all a great way to spend the morning!
What a great climb! This is my favorite snow couloir that I've climbed as of yet. Had 5 inches of new snow to boot, was like winter up there =)