Arkansas, Southwest Face

One can gain the area of the Arkie-Tweto col easily from Climax Corner via the west side of Arkansas. Then a final ridge climb gets one to a south summit of Arkansas at just under 13700 ft. The descent down the large face is a longish moderate run. On May 9, 2014, Elke Dratch, Heather Glyde, and I did this on a stormy day. Winds were high and visibility poor, but still the summit was a remarkable place with views of the wild nearby ridges. The return to the car in new cold snow was fantastic.


Here is a view of the west side of Arkansas taken on May 23, 2015, from a ski up Treasure Vault. The SW face is at the far right of the image, with the Arkie-Tweto Col just visible.


On May 22, 2016, Randy Garrison and I booted up the AT col from the east, climbed the S Summit (about 13700), skied the SW Face (icy), climbed back to the col, and skied its E side (good conditions).

The SE side of Arkansas; AT col at left. Main summit at far right. I measured seven feet of snow on the other side of the col, down 500 feet.


Main summit of Arkansas


SW Face of S Summit. The hike to the top along this ridgeline was very pleasant.


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