(Last Updated On: May 17, 2011)
Ruby Peak, specifically the east facing Ruby chute, has been on my wish list for a few years now.
Tired after a day on Pyramid followed by a day on Sopris, a nice short line like this seemed like a perfect option. We left from Kebler Pass on our sleds around 7:30. Warm temperatures were getting the better of the snowpack and we were concerned about hitting this east facing line too late. So, we used the sleds to our advantage to come within just a few hundred feet of the summit, with the intention of skinning up later to retrieve them.
Owen always looks so impressive.
Pyramid, where we’d been just a couple of days before.
South Maroon, where our friends Matt and Jordan were that day.
The crux of the Ruby Chute is a small ice fall. This ice fall can be just a few feet to several feet in length. Sometimes, it’s possible to ski right over it. Other times a downclimb, or even a rappel, is neccessary. Me pausing, just above the ice fall, trying to determine it’s status.
And then we made our way out the apron, full of fantastic corn.
We retrieved our sleds as the snow continued to get sloppier and made our way back to the Kebbler Pass trailhead. Truck to truck was about 3 hours. Not a bad way to spend a morning and not a bad line to check off my list 😉
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