I met up with my friend Mark for another Rocky Mountain National Park mission! We got an alpine start hiking in total darkness up the Long’s Peak trail towards Chasm Lake and the Long’s diamond where we would find the Lamb’s Slide Couloir. It was a long day filled with obscenely beautiful vistas and adventurous and unexpected happenings. The first car in the parking lot, we knew it would be a great day. We stopped to listen to a stream bubble and check out the stars. We didn’t want to disturb the delicate alpine tundra, but following a trail over snow when footprints go many directions was difficult. Modern technology (gps topo map) brought us back to the trail over and over.
We noticed a light mist everywhere for the first several miles, which we later identified as being a cloud. Sunrise showed us a view of Twin Sisters poking through the clouds we had hiked through.
When we finally reached the bottom of Lamb’s Slide, it looked intimidating, but we quickly reached a solid rhythm with our crampons and ice axes. We spent about 40 minutes on top waiting for the snow to turn to corn from ice, but it never did. We skied down the crusty 45 degree couloir carefully. Corn snow appeared for the apron and the runout down the small glacier that leads back to Chasm Lake. 1 super long slog later, we were back in the parking lot with beer, psyched on our successful mission.