BCA athlete Stu Edgerly’s plan was to climb and then ski the northeast couloir on 13,795-foot Mt. Arkansas, near Fremont Pass. They had looked at the forecast for the day and it was supposed to get hot, with a high of almost 65 degrees F at 12,000 feet, so we planned for an early start.
“Once we reached our second checkpoint, we noticed that the snow was heating up significantly more then we wanted, with the top four to five inches starting to melt,” said Stu. As we looked up the couloir, we noticed a large cornice at the very top. This is where we came to our decision point: Do we commit to the original plan and trust that the cornice will stay put–or do we change our line for a more north-facing and smaller couloir to prevent putting ourselves at risk? “
Read Stu Edgerly’s story: #unepicadventures: Decision Point on Mt. Arkansas.