The Davenport peak report
Cross 14,286-foot Mount Lincoln and 14,265-foot Quandary Peak off Chris Davenport’s list.Davenport’s mission to hike and ski all of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in one calendar year finally got under way Sunday with a climb and ski descent of Mount Lincoln, in the Mosquito Range, according to the project’s website, http://www.skithe14ers.com. Two days later, Davenport was at the top of Quandary Peak in Summit County.It took nearly three hours for the Snowmass resident and a friend, Basalt photographer Tomas Zuccareno, to reach the summit of Lincoln, where, despite bountiful sunshine, temperatures dipped to 20 below. While valley residents have delighted in the nearly 200 inches of snow the Aspen Skiing Co. has reported since Thanksgiving, wind gusts left much of Lincoln uncovered. The two were fortunate there was a narrow gully of snow to descend, Davenport wrote. After five hours and a 3,000-foot drop, the two were back in the car.The temperatures and the snow conditions were much more favorable Tuesday, Davenport wrote. At the top of Quandary Peak, the temperature was 25 degrees. There were pockets of soft snow awaiting Davenport and Aspen native Ted Mahon on their 2,500-foot descent of a pitch of nearly 40 degrees.A project sidetracked for three weeks because of plentiful, but unstable, snow is now under way. Davenport said weather would be a barrier to success in an interview last week. Despite the slow start, he said he is confident his goal is still attainable, acknowledging that from this point forward he must “pick up the pace,” and take advantage of every opportunity that presents itself. After taking the next week off to provide commentary for ESPN’s coverage of Winter X Games 10, Davenport will do just that. Two peaks down, 52 to go.Avalanche reportThe backcountry avalanche danger in the Roaring Fork Valley is moderate with pockets of considerable above treeline. At and below treeline the danger is moderate.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 geosurvey.state.co.us/avalanche.
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