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Charleston

3/28/2008

Run 1:
From the Las Vegas Ski Area, I skinned up a prominent drainage/avalanche path, then up a northwest-facing chute to reach the Charleston Peak Trail. I followed the trail at first, but soon lost it due to snow cover. The traversing on steep snow required crampons for the remainder of the climb. I decided to take the Devils Thumb third class shortcut since I wasn’t on the trail anyway. I followed the ridge to the summit of Charleston Peak, then descended the aesthetic northeast face on variable snow; powder to corn.
Elevation: ~1742’

Run 2:
I skinned/climbed back up to the ridge then descended a cliff-ridden face requiring careful routefinding. I finally found myself on easier terrain, then back in the ski area.
Elevation: ~2428’
Total Elevation: ~4170’
Distance: 8.4 miles
Time: ~6:30

First view of Charleston Peak


Charleston Peak summit


Ascent & Descent of Charleston Peak


Lower, cliff-ridden descent


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