Mt. Sopris - East Face
ElevationAscent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -2,257' -688 m
High: 12,507' 3,812 m
Low: 10,249' 3,124 m
GradeAvg Slope: 27% (15°)
Max Slope: 54% (28°)
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“A long slog through the forest and a steep middle approach deposit you at the top.”— Powder Project Staff
Then the uphill portion begins and is definitely more strenuous. If the steep top third has firm icy snow, or a soft fresh overlay, ski crampons or boot crampons may dramatically lessen work of skinning up which is still generally preferable (safer) than bootpacking. Once on the ridge, you'll have to throw on some layers because the wind will probably be howling. It's another 15 minutes to the summit.
We came back down the way we climbed due to unfavorable conditions farther out towards the west summit.
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