7pm Friday night Andy Dorais sent a text to meet at the Junction of UT Highway 191 and 46 @ 3am Saturday morning. The plan was to ski across the LaSal range. Who could say no to skiing ten, 12,000' peaks in one day (well, my wife maybe...), I'm in!
The La Sal Mountains are located in Utah along the Utah/Colorado border. The range rises above a Moab and north of the town of La Sal. This range is part of the Manti-La Sal National Forest and the southern Rocky Mountains. The maximum elevation is at Mount Peale, reaching 12,721 feet. The range contains three clusters of peaks separated by passes. The peaks span a distance of about 10 miles.
7 spandex clad skiers (Teague Holmes, Brad LaRochelle, Lars, Andy/Jason Dorais, Tom Goth and myself) set out to conquer the range in one day. The boys set a blistering pace right from the gun(wait, I didn't know it was race....oh wait, its always a race). Taking photos wasn't an option. I'd get dropped every time I pulled out the camera and then pay the price to catch back up.
Not quite ready for bikes yet.
"Arguably one of the top mountain bike trails on the planet. Linking up several Moab favourites, this trail spans almost 30 miles and has a cumulative descent of over 8,000 feet."
Mission Accomplished ~ An Amazing Day
Thanks Scarpa/SkiTrab for getting us there!
- Mount Peale - 12,721 feet (3,877 m)
- Mount Mellenthin - 12,645 feet (3,854 m)
- Mount Tukuhnikivatz - 12,482 feet (3,805 m)
- Mount Waas - 12,331 feet (3,758 m)
- Manns Peak - 12,272 feet (3,741 m)
- Mount Laurel - 12,271 feet (3,740 m)
- Mount Tomasaki - 12,239 feet (3,730 m)
- Pilot Mountain - 12,200 feet (3,719 m)
- Green Mountain - 12,163 feet (3,707 m)
- Little Tuk - 12,048 feet (3,672 m)
- Castle Peak - 12,044 feet (3,671 m)
- La Sal Peak - 12,001 feet (3,658 m)