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Access from Reno, NV:
US 395 south
Rock Creek Road west to snow closure
Drive Time: 3 h
I skinned up towards Ruby Lake, Mills Lake and finally the North Couloir of Mount Abbot. I booted up the couloir to the start of the 3rd class scramble to the summit. I left my skis and poles there. It began snowing and visibility decreased, but not enough to deter me from continuing. I finally reached the summit and noticed that no one signed the register for over 6 months. I descended back to my skis, deskinned, clicked in on a sandy ledge and began my ski descent; the skiing was challenging due to difficult snow and flat light.
Elevation: 4000’
Distance: 13 miles
Time: 6 h

Mount Abbot & my route

Bear Creek Spire, Cox Col, “Pip-Squeak Spire” & Hourglass Couloir, from left to right

Mount Mills

Mount Abbot, “Petit Griffon” & Mount Mills, from left to right

Mount Mills from just below the summit during a window of enhanced visibility