(Last Updated On: April 19, 2011)
The North face of Teocalli has been on my list for quite some time, ever since Pete Sowar and I traversed under it when we skied the NE and W faces in 2008. Last Friday, things finally worked out to give it a go, along with Brittany, Pete, and Josh Macak. The USGS library has this great photo of Teocalli Mountain from 1973, taken by noone other than the famous William H Jackson. The notes on this photo are interesting: Teocalli Peak, from the Aztec teocalli, or sacrificial mound, that were always built in a pyramidal form, and which this mountain closely resembles. Is situated upon a small tributary of Red Rock Creek, flowing into East River. Its height is 13,274 feet. Gunnison County, Colorado. 1873.
Red Rock Creek is now known as Brush Creek, although I think I like Red Rock Creek better. Today, the official height is a little lower as well, at 13,209′. In any case, we quickly made our way up the south slopes and took a quick break at the start of the rock outcrops.
The face itself was just too nice to pass up, however, so I guess I still have the couloir to come back to some other time on Teocalli. Obviously, this isn’t a bad thing. Pete, Josh, and I talking about the face:
As we discussed the face, it was pretty obvious that it had gotten some crossloading due to some steady winds out of the NW. This wasn’t necessarily a problem, just something we wanted to either avoid, or get to release with a ski cut. The skier’s right hand side, in fact, was already stripped of new snow and was a safe route. Pete dropped in first, somewhat down the middle.
There are a number of different couloirs dropping off the West side. Pete and I took one right off the summit, which neither of us had done before, while Brittany and Josh took the standard just down the ridge. Here’s Josh:
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