ski king's peak - March 28, 2008

The 35th (annual) historic King's Peak ski tour, hosted by Steve and Larry Swanson, will convene on Friday night (March 28th) at the Henry's Fork Snow-Parking area and get under way very early on Saturday morning. We meet for car pooling (optional) at the K-Mart parking area on Parley's Way about 5:00 PM and leave for Evanston and the old standby, Lotty's Cafe, at 5:30 PM. Avalanche transeivers, shovels, and registration are not required. Headlamps are mandatory (double check that they work and that the batteries are fresh). Lots of water (2-3 liters) and protection from facing directly into the sun for most of the day are also important. Standard backcountry touring gear is best but every possible combination has been used in the past. Climbing skins are often handy but not essential. We generally leave the skis at Gunsight Pass and climb the peak on foot so Vibram-type soles on your boots are usually helpful if the snow is hard. Snowshoers are welcome but they need to remember that since they cannot just kick and glide back to the car they have a much earlier turn-around time. 2:00 PM is the usual turn-around time for Snowshoers. It will be a long day, we start before dawn and usually end after dark. It's not at all necessary to climb the peak, however, to enjoy the ski touring in this lovely, gentle drainage and normally more than half of the participants turn-arouind short of the peak. Elkhorn crossing is a good scenic NTD destination used by many. Gunsight Pass, 5 miles further, is MOD and gives wonderful views. Gunsight Pass is the standard turn-around place for most and for ALL those that arrive after 2:00 PM. The summit is MSD chiefly because of the length of the day and the climb of the peak at the end. Mandatory turn-around is 4:00 PM no matter where you are on the route. We carry out ALL waste paper including TP so carry a plastic bag and plan to use it. For additional information call Steve at 272-5750 or Larry at 583-4043. We will start out no matter what the weather and assess the summit from the basin or Gunsight. The trip to the basin is sheltered and makes a nice ski tour even in stormy weather. We prefer the creek route as it is safer but that decision will be made on the morning of the tour. We want everyone to go up and back on the same route for safety reasons so check with Larry or Steve on the route of choice if you plan to leave extra early.

Organizer:Larry Swanson
Date:Fri Mar 28 2008 — Sat Mar 29 2008
Meeting Place:Parleys Way Walmart lot (2725 E Parleys Way, Salt Lake City, UT)
Meeting Time:5:00 pm