(Last Updated On: March 21, 2012)
Augusta is one of the mountains that towers high in the backdrop of Crested Butte toward Paradise Divide. If you’ve been here, you’ve probably noticed it. From afar, it’s majestic and beautiful- and it stays white longer than most of our surrounding peaks. For that reason, Augusta has been brought up a few times when Frank and I have discussed “what to ski this weekend”. Simply put, it’s fairly mellow and has kept good coverage in a bad winter. With our friends Jarrett and Kim visiting this weekend, it seemed Augusta was the perfect choice.
We snowmobiled up into Poverty Gulch and parked our sleds at the bottom of Cascade. Instead of skinning up Baxter Basin, we opted to continue up Poverty Gulch, approaching Augusta from the north. The scenery was beautiful along the way.
When we arrived at the summit, the weather was windless and warm- a perfect day for peak bagging. After hanging out and enjoying the scene, we readied to ski.
With a season filled with dangerous and wildly unpredictable avalanche conditions, our time in the backcountry has been limited this year. It was great to stand on top of a peak once again- our first summit of the season! Thanks to Kim, Jarrett, and Sydney for joining us on another beautiful tour!