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Chris Coulter Rides East Ridge of Mt. Timpanogos
Posted on June 6, 2011

By Chris Coulter

In early May, Nic Van Dyken and I got to ride Mt. Timpanogos. This was my first time on Timp and Nic’s first time doing the line. We started hiking at 5:15 a.m. and approximately 6,983 feet in elevation. We went up through the Primrose Cirque.

The snow was firm, too sketchy to skin, so we booted up the first 2,000 feet. It flattened out in a basin, and we were able to skin for an hour or so. We put on our crampons for the East Ridge walk over to the drop in at 11,588 feet. We hiked and skinned 4,600 feet up.

We used the southeast face to ride down into the Big Provo Cirque. We ran into a friend, Jim Harris, on the East Ridge. There was a breeze that day, and the snow on the run was still a little frozen, which added some excitement to the upper face with exposure below. After getting down the upper part of the mountain, we had lunch with Jim and his group and then proceeded down valley enjoying nice, soft turns. To exit, we hiked over to Sundance, passing a few houses built really close to a few avalanche paths on the way. We rode down into the resort to hitch a ride back up to our car parked at the winter gate.

The whole tour was approximately eight miles, 5,000 feet of hiking, and 6,000 feet of turns. Thanks to Nic for all the photos and a great tour.

Author: - Monday, June 6th, 2011
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