Arkansas

6/17/2007

Mount Arkansas
I climbed up Arkansas Mountain’s north ridge and dropped my skis just below a false summit, thinking it was the summit and the northeast couloir was not in.  I soon realized that it was, but did not want to fetch my skis since I knew I was short on time if I wanted to attempt Bartlett Mountain.  I finished the long 3rd class climb to the summit and back, then skied the north-facing bowl of Arkansas.  The snow was good and I was able to ski down very close to my vehicle.
Skied Elevation: 2000’


Bartlett Mountain
I hiked/skinned up Bartlett Mountain’s west face.  When I was at the Bartlett Mountain-Little Bartlett Mountain saddle, I could see either Julie or Luke climbing the lower couloir.  I gave a yell to make my presence known.  I arrived at the sketchy summit block, dropped my pack and carefully climbed the loose, 4th class and crumbly pitch.  I quickly retreated, put on my skis and began skiing when I sank down to my waist, then spent a lot of effort retrieving a ski.  Finally, I began skiing again and the snow quality improved somewhat.  I met up with Julie & Luke, then we descended further down drainage.
Skied Elevation: ~1480'

Bartlett Mountain’s north face.


The map is outdated; due to mining, Bartlett Mountain’s summit is now at 13400’.

Total Skied Elevation: ~3480’
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