I’ve been waiting to publish this trip report to make sure I give it the credit it deserves. On April 28th I attempted the Hopeful Couloir on Mt. Hope (13,933′) with my buddy Eric and due to some route-finding errors (actually one BIG route-finding error) we never made it. Hungry for redemption I called Jon Jay that week and told him I knew where to go, and we were going to ski the Hopeful. Jon agreed (as he usually does) and I met him at the trailhead at 4:15 am and we started to climb. Much like my trip up Dragon Tail I knew we would be fighting a hot sun so we set a brisk pace with headlamps donned.
Before long we were at the point where I made the fatal mistake the week prior. Confidently I turned left – instead of right – and we were headed up Big Willis Gulch towards our objective. As the Hopeful Couloir came into view it looked like we were near the end of our journey, but as we began skinning up the coulie we realized how massive this thing was and that we were in for a slog.
We transitioned high on some rocks and went to work. We topped-out around 9:30 and scrambled to the summit for our well-earned views and summit shots. Here were put the skis on and headed back to the couloir. Since I led, Jon gave me firsties which briefly brought on some flashbacks of my Scary Ride on Mt. Yale however today would be nothing like that day and all that was in store was an incredibly long and fast descent down perfect spring snow. Jon and I hauled ass down this thing and were hooting and hollering the whole way. It was an incredible descent on an incredible mountain. We had a blast and now everytime I drive by Twin Lakes I see Mt. Hope with that huge gash of a couloir smiling down at me. A gift that will never be forgotten.
June 6, 2012 at 9:55 pm
Good work, guys. You think it’s still holding snow? Thinking about getting some on Saturday.
June 7, 2012 at 6:33 am
Hey Brad, I skied La Plata last week (trip report coming). As I drove out of Twin Lakes I could see that the Hopeful was still filled-in continuously. It still looked skiable. Go get some!
July 2, 2012 at 9:49 pm
Hey Brad, any update? Did you get after Hopeful?