Crystal Peak 11.30.11

From Mouse House Ridge, Zach and I spotted an aesthetic line on 12,632′ Crystal Peak, just a little to our West. We made plans to check out the area on the following day, and it turned out to be a great tour, my favorite thus far in ’11-’12. From the summit, we had some of the most impressive views of any Elk range peak I’ve been on, and I’ve been on a few.

Heading towards the saddle between Treasury and Crystal:
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Climbing Crystal from the saddle was a lot of fun despite some wind and even had a nice short scrambling section:
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The chimneys of Treasure Mountain. These formations are apparently excellent climbs, often done on Outward Bound courses.
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Treasury from the summit:
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The Marble side of Schofield Pass sits far below. The vert on this side of the mountain is huge. Sharp eyes can see the turnoff for Lead King Basin:
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More lines on the Treasure massif, looking towards Marble.
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Snowmass and Hagerman:
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Santa’s Chimney, a line we skied last year:
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The snow on the face was surprisingly good, despite all the wind we’ve had lately. Zach ripped it:
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Crystal Peak:
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Awesome day. And we’re getting snow today! Get that Christmas shopping done:

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