June 8, 2013 · 6:30 AM
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Who: Intermediate backcountry skiers who are in excellent cardio condition.
Permit: Vehicle National Park Service
Ski and avalanche safety gear: Alpine Touring or Telemark skiing equipment, avalanche safety gear (beacon, probe, and shovel) and avy safety training and experience.
Navigation gear: I am bringing map, compass, altimeter, navigation wands, and GPS. Ideally, at least one other skier will be equipped with a GPS.
Distance: 12 miles roundtrip.
Elevation gain: 5,500 feet.
Pace: Moderate (~800 ft of elevation gain per hour).
Duration: ~7 hour ascent and ~4 hour descent.
Difficulty: Extremely strenuous.
Drive duration from park-n-ride to trailhead: 2 hours.
Carpooling and fuel reimbursement: Riders please bring cash to compensate your driver.