East Couloir - Class 3
Earlier this year Kristi and I attempted to ski Cathedral but were turned around by soft snow and bad wet slide avy conditions. So given out goal of completing the Centennials this year we returned on Sunday July 24th to make a second attempt. Our day started at 5:00am and covered 8.5 miles/4600 vertical in about 8.5 hours... including 30 minutes on the summit. The hike was easy going up to the lake. From the lake the hiking was tedious scree scrambling until the base of the couloir. The bottom half of the couloir was much easier to climb than it looked and the snow in the top half of the couloir was perfect for climbing (with crampons and axes). Once at the top of the couloir the scramble to the summit was fun and easy class 3. We spend 30 minutes on the summit enjoying incredible views of the Elks and the towers that are a part of this amazing mountain. The crux of the day was down climbing the couloir. This mountain seems better suited for snow and skiing than summer conditions but we were pysched to be able get on a little snow and enjoy the fun scramble to the summit.
Here is a link for the GPX file from our trip.