Climbed a gentler snow slope east of Skywalker. On snow almost whole way from TH. Feared the steep snow and possible cornices on the traverse, so limited myself to the south peak.
The class 3 route from South to North Arapahoe Peaks make this mountain a favorite. A great get in shape hike for something like Long's Peak. Challenging but do-able. We climbed during the peak of the wildfires this summer so the views we had weren't very good. I would like to go back under better conditions.
In this year of abnormally low snow, early June conditions ranged from near ice, to slushy unprotectable mush, to perfect styrofoam. It changed every hundred feet. The quote-unquote "easy" finish looked tougher than Princess Leia, so we went the Princess way. It was only four feet wide at places. A hidden cornice at the top finished off an exciting climb!
Great climb and awsome finish. It may pucker you a bit. Do the traverse to North Arap. while your there, definately worth it.
What a great ridge traverse. Definetly a must climb.
Fun, airy traverse in perfect fall weather...
Great climb...a classic. Unfortunately, I was turned back by weather about 3/4 of the way to North Arapaho Peak. Trip report is here