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Emma/Gilpin/Sneffels Ski Tour 

YDS: 4th French: 1 Ewbanks: 2 UIAA: I ZA: 2 British: M 1b

   
Type:  Trad, Alpine, 8000', Grade IV
Original:  YDS: 4th French: 1 Ewbanks: 2 UIAA: I ZA: 2 British: M 1b Steep Snow [details]
FA: Joe Stiles
New Route: Yes
Season: Spring
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Submitted By: Stiles on Apr 9, 2015

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View south from Sneffels of Emma and Gilpin with s...

Description 

This is an Emma, Gilpin, and Sneffels ski traverse, south to north, with roughly 8,000' of ascent.

Start up the south face of Mt Emma (13,581') from Telluride (8,750'). Ascend steep snow to the ridgeline just south of the summit, and then do a wee bit of scrambling the final hundred feet to the summit. Ski the steep north face of Mt. Emma through various cliffbands to a shelf (~12,250) below the south face of Gilpin Peak.

A slender hallway of steep snow splits the otherwise steep and rocky south face of Gilpin. Crampon straight up to the summit of Gilpin Peak (13,694').

From the top of Gilpin Peak, walk or ski (depending on snow availability) down the ridgeline northwest to the saddle which connects Gilpin to Sneffels. Ski north down steep snow to the base of the south face of Mt. Sneffels (~12,750').

Climb steep snow up the normal hiking route to the summit of Mt. Sneffels (14,150') with a bit of low 5th class at the top. Choose your poison off of the top of Mt. Sneffels - either skiing north which generally requires a rope or steep down climbing for 100', or skiing the south face.

There is a steep, skiable line that forms right from the summit of Sneffels down the middle of the south face (the Birthday Chutes). Cautiously skiing the hiking couloir is possible if the snow is in shape. The Dogleg Couloir or the Triple Threat (much added commitment) are great ways to finish the day. You can ski the Dogleg and climb back to the south side of Sneffels and an easier way out of the woods via a huge couloir on the southeast side of the peak. Ski down Yankee Boy Road to cold beers.

Location 

Start from the top of Oak St. in Telluride. Head up Tomboy Road a short distance to the Jud Wiebe Trail. Follow the Jud Wiebe trail counter-clockwise to and up the Liberty Bell Trail. From treeline atop the Liberty Bell Trail, traverse left (north) across the bottom of Saint Sophia Ridge to the south face of Mt Emma. Several gullies and rockbands are traversed over, which require maintaining a high line. Maintain your line just below the cliffbands up and around the corner to the southwest ridgeline of Mt. Emma.

Or, from the top of Oak St. hike up the Sneffels Highline Trail. Once above treeline, ascend the a couloir on the south (right) side of the West face of Emma. I believe skiers call this line the Y-Couloir. The summit block can be ascended by fun stemming behind a chockstone followed by steep snow.

Protection 

Sharp edges, crampons, ice axe, and helmet.


Photos of Emma/Gilpin/Sneffels Ski Tour Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking south on summit of Gilpin on the left; wid...
Looking south on summit of Gilpin on the left; wid...
Rock Climbing Photo: From top of Gilpin, looking at the N Face of Emma ...
From top of Gilpin, looking at the N Face of Emma ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Gilpin just right of center and Sneffels behind. B...
Gilpin just right of center and Sneffels behind. B...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking up Gilpin's south face couloir. This h...
Looking up Gilpin's south face couloir. This h...
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking down north face of Emma and the ski line f...
Looking down north face of Emma and the ski line f...

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