Davenport scales Massive | AspenTimes.com

Davenport scales Massive

Aspen Times Staff

Chris Davenport is hoping February is more productive than January.The Snowmass Village resident, whose plan to climb and ski all of Colorado’s fourteeners was off to a slow start because of inconsistent weather, crossed Mount Massive off the list Saturday – his third peak completed to date.Davenport and his crew attempted a climb of Mount Sherman on Friday but were forced to turn back at 13,300 – 736 feet from the summit – because of low visibility and subzero temperatures, according to the project’s website. Conditions were considerably better Saturday.It took nearly four hours for Davenport to hike to the base of Massive, Davenport wrote on his site, http://www.skithe14ers.com. Despite suffering fatigue from lack of sleep, Davenport continued to push onward.The group enjoyed impressive views of the Elk Mountains and surrounding ranges before beginning the descent, Davenport wrote. The snow, which looked suspect at the onset, proved to be stable, with wind-blown powder in the center and firm spots on either side of the face. The sun was setting by the time the group reached the trail; After a one-hour descent through solid snow and dense, dark forest, Davenport had completed the challenge. The entire trip covered 4,000 vertical feet and close to 11 miles.The first month of Davenport’s project was delayed three weeks at the start because of weather and one week at the end because of the X Games, where the freeskier worked as a commentator. He has 51 peaks to go. Snow reportYes, the big weekend storm more or less missed Aspen/Snowmass. The Aspen Skiing Co.’s 5:30 a.m. report says 2 inches of new snow has fallen in the past 24 hours.Over the past 48 hours, Snowmass picked up 5 inches of fresh stuff; Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk all got 4 inches of new snow.Avalanche reportThe backcountry avalanche danger in the Roaring Fork Valley is considerable above treeline, especially on wind-loaded areas. Near treeline the danger is moderate with pockets of considerable on wind-loaded areas. Below treeline the danger is moderate.Beware of variability in the snowpack and dont entirely discount deeper instabilities in certain areas.Avalanche danger details provided by the Roaring Fork Avalanche Center. For more information, call 920-1664 or visit http://www.rfavalanche.org. For conditions around the state, call the Colorado Avalanche Information Center at 920-1664 or visit http://geosurvey.state.co.us/avalanche.