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Skiing the South Face of Colfax Peak

Written by: martinvolken@proguiding.com

On May 4th 2006 Martin Volken, Mason Stafford and Matt Schoenwald skied the South Face of Colfax Peak near Mount Baker. The line boasts about 1800 feet of vertical, has a maximum steepness of maybe 45 degrees and has a beautiful south-facing position. We left the road head on the south side of Mount Baker at 2700 feet at around 4am. Conditions were perfect, frozen and clear. By 9:30 am we were in the summit saddle waiting for conditions to be just so.  A short section of cramponing got us to the summit at 9460 feet.  

The following descent down the steep south face was about a perfect as it gets. Avy hazard zero; weather perfect; incline 45 degrees, snow conditions - white corn. By noon we were back down at the car. Perfect day. 

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