The Coin Slot

by Daniel Weiss March. 01, 2020 775 views

Date skied: 2/29/20

Elevation: 10,502 ft

Partners: Joshua, Connor, Kiley

Skin path up Mount Royal

Skin path up Mount Royal

With the massive influx of transplants, even backcountry activities have had to adjust, and this morning was one of those days. 6 AM sitting in the Dino Lot, and already parking was hard to come by. By the time Connor and I were heading up the hill at 6:20, traffic was already stop and go through Idaho Springs! Thankfully, it cleared out shortly after that, and it was smooth sailing on to Frisco. After spying the line and a short coffee stop, we made our way to the trailhead and met up with Joshua and Kiley.

Gearing up for the down-climb ( http://www.hikeclimbfly.com/ )

Gearing up for the down-climb ( http://www.hikeclimbfly.com/ )

A warm, sunny morning and high spirits made the skin up Mount Royal quick and enjoyable. Just over an hour after leaving the cars, we reached the ridge and took a short break to identify our path down into the classic couloir known as the Coin Slot. A couple hundred feet below the ridge, we discovered the rappel anchor, where we geared up lowered ourselves into the inset line.

Rappelling into the line ( http://www.hikeclimbfly.com/ )

Rappelling into the line ( http://www.hikeclimbfly.com/ )

A team of two caught up to us as we were moving into the couloir, and so we allowed them to pass our rather large group (large considering the couloir was only as wide as our skis in certain sections).

Kiley on Rappel

Kiley on Rappel

Taking time to document our adventure, we moved one at a time, trading places as we moved down slope, making some fun turns on packed, powdery snow.

Transitioning ( http://www.hikeclimbfly.com/

Transitioning ( http://www.hikeclimbfly.com/

Timing the turns in the choke ( http://www.hikeclimbfly.com/ )

Timing the turns in the choke ( http://www.hikeclimbfly.com/ )

Connor ripping down the line

Connor ripping down the line

Joshua at work

Joshua at work

Once on the apron, the snow dramatically altered from powder into a semi-soft, breakable crust (which I discovered to my own detriment after charging hard into what I thought would be soft, fluffy snow).

Regroup on the apron ( http://www.hikeclimbfly.com/ )

Regroup on the apron ( http://www.hikeclimbfly.com/ )

A short few turns led us back to the bike path and then to the cars. A great day filled with some mountaineering, skiing, and good people!

Looking back up the line

Looking back up the line

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Joshua G. 4 months ago

So good! Thanks for putting this together, Daniel!
It was a spectacular day and I couldn't have asked for better partners to be in the mountains with.
Feel free to backlink www.hikeclimbfly.com for the photo cred :)

4 months ago Edited
Daniel Weiss Replied to Joshua G. 4 months ago

Thanks again for the pictures! Linked your photos to your website

4 months ago Edited
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