16 June 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Provo Peak SkiMo

In March, four us (Jim Knight [+ his hound dog], Mat Gover, Joey Dempster & myself) did a hike/ski ascent of Provo Peak, just east of Provo (11,044 ft). I attempted this peak some 10 years ago, but due to inadequate equipment, I could not summit. On that attempt, also with Jim Knight, I didn’t have boot or ski crampons. The summit ridge was very windblown with a firm crust. My boots gave me no purchase. Jim went to the summit without me.

This year was different. I brought both boot and ski crampons (neither of which I used). We had 6 to 8 inches of fresh snow the prior night. We started up Rock Canyon on foot and proceeded to carry our skis for a few miles before there was enough snow to ski. Later we approached the peak from a N.W. ridge, which at times was difficult for me in the new powder, as my old Scarpa Laser boots didn’t provide the flex necessary in parts and I slipped backwards at times. We finally gained the main west ridge and uphill travel was easier. The descent down was very nice, with new snow over a firm base.

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