Static Peak First Ski/Snowboard Descent

Static Peak First Ski/Snowboard Descent

Page Type: Trip Report
Lat/Lon: 40.47718°N / 105.89249°W
Date Climbed/Hiked: Jun 12, 2016
Activities: Skiing
Season: Spring

Overview

On a backcountry ski mission into the Never Summer range of Colorado in late June of 2015, our small group caught our first view of Static Peak, and the 50 degree north-facing chute later to be named "Static Couloir". A year of careful planning and evaluation elapsed, and on the evening of June 11th, 2016, Skiers Daniel Chavez (myself) and Nick Zachman, Snowboarder Thomas Ney, and photographer Mac Zafarana set out into the wilderness once more to become the first people to ski the couloir. 
 We parked our truck on the east end on the Nokhu Crags campground around 7:30 pm, and entered the wilderness using bits and pieces of the American Lakes trail to weave along the base of Lulu Mountain around the saddle of the crags. We eventually set up camp on a dry patch right below Michigan Lakes around 11:00 pm. We awoke around 5:00 the next morning to begin group preparation and snow evaluation. We found that even very early in the morning, our line was already receiving sunlight. From our campsite, we skinned around Michigan Lakes and up over the east ridge of Static Peak. 
Our photographer set up equipment on this ridge, while the skiers and rider traversed around Snow Lake to the base of the peak.
After putting on crampons and short roping, we began our ascent directly up the face of the couloir. We inched up the couloir for two hours, and eventually reached an exposed rock patch about 50 yards from the summit. With the snow warming so rapidly, we ultimately made the call to put in a snow anchor above the rock, and descend from there.
I dropped first while on-belay from the anchor for roughly 15 yards, then came off belay and descended the rest of the couloir. Thomas dropped second using the same technique, and Nick dropped last. We skied back around Snow Lake, and debriefed with Mac before returning to pack up camp. (Album Attached)






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