Jordan White is the fifth guy to ski all 54 of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks. He is a committed alpinist and ski mountaineer who is working on the Seven Summits.
It is always a bittersweet day: That last day of ski mountaineering, or simply being on a glacier before the little airplane with big tires and skis comes to take you back to the land of asphalt.
Today was that day for us, and since we landed on the glacier, Riley and I have had our eyes on a little 1500 foot couloir right here next to camp. With Anton not feeling his best and Aaron less interested, Riley and I set off in hopes of getting up it before the snow got too wet.
Crossing the crevasse field that guards the bottom and skinning up and past the schrund at the bottom we unrope but continue skinning.
The snow is in perfect skinning condition. We switchback our way up nearly half way to the top before switching to crampons. Swapping leads we make relatively quick work of what remains and top out to a new view of our original objective, Mount Hayes. We don’t waste time with our transition and are ready to ski.