#22 Cronin Peak – 13,870 ft.

Date: Feb. 9, 2008
Team: Christy, Ted
Route: East Face
[Christy and Ted skied Clinton back in 2008. Here’s an earlier report they made on the day.]

Heading up the easy terrain to the West Ridge of Cronin.

Heading up the easy terrain to the West Ridge of Cronin.

For high peaks in the Sawatch, Cronin’s East Face couloirs are a worthy goal.

We made the easy ski up the Baldwin Creek Jeep Road commonly used to access Antero, and the headed west in to the basin where easy access to Cronin’s West Ridge can be made. It was mellow-ish skinning most of the way, until the combination of high winds (typical for the Southern Sawatch) and firm sastrugi relegated us to hiking. We reached the summit on the windy February day, which was also my half birthday, and after consulting a recon photo, dropped into Cronins’ east side, skiing some carton-like crust to the valley floor and back down the jeep road to the truck.

Though sunny, the winds would create a sort of sandblasting ground blizzard.

Though sunny, the winds would create a sort of sandblasting ground blizzard.

Booting up the west rige.

Booting up the west ridge.

On top, looking northwest.

On top, looking northwest.

The crust wasn't great for skiing, but was still manageable.

The crust wasn’t great for skiing, but was still manageable.

Further down, with the broad flank of Shavano and Tabeguache behind.

Further down, with the broad flank of Shavano and Tabeguache behind.

Some turns below the East Face. There are lots of ski options on Cronin.

Some turns below the East Face. There are lots of ski options on Cronin.

All smiles at the bottom. Tracks can be seen above.

All smiles at the bottom. Tracks can be seen above.

Date: May 3, 2014
Team: Dav (solo)
Route: East Face

Just a quick TR here- I had a great solo day up on Cronin Peak yesterday, skinning and skiing the Sawatch Centennial in 4:10 roundtrip. There was a little bit of wind up high but the snow was great and the exit back to the trailhead was fast. Check out the video from the day.

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