| East Face
My favorite ski descent, so far
The Ski Route
*I borrowed this picture from 14erskiers.com
I drove through Rockdale and crossed the stream. I was able to make it about a half mile up the 4wd road. However, I had to bust through several drifts at "ramming speed". I was out here on Tuesday, and the snow on the road had melted considerably since then. I still think it will take a few weeks or a month to get all the way up in a vehicle.
I began hiking at around 0430. I booted up the road because there are intermittent snow patches and a continuous skin is not possible. I crossed over Cloyes Lake after about 1hr:20mins and began hiking/skinning up through the woods. It is best to stay right(north) of the middle of the gulley to tree line.
A new day has begun.
My objective appeared far off yonder.
It was an easy skin, contouring up the slopes of the spectacular basin.
I ascended the wide slope to the north of Huron.
And spotted my intended route down.
Once at the saddle, I scrambled up to the summit. Along the abyss,
Once I saw the east face, I thought to myself, "Oh hell no. Not a chance." I could see right away a considerable amount of new snow filled the slope.
The snow was cross loaded into nice thick slabs and fluffy pillows. I was upset. I did enjoy the summit however.
I then looked around. It appeared that the snow was slightly wind blown just south of the summit, and not wind deposited.
I dropped this cornice.
And, nothing...Granted, the cornice wasn't very big.
Then I cut another small section more to the South. I watched it tumble all the way down. Nothing. (I should note this is generally not a good idea on a 14er, on a weekend, in the Spring. However from the saddle, I had a birds eye view of the basin, and could see there was absolutely no one coming up.)
I eased my way out.
I bounced, slide slipped, bounced again, side slipped, repeat.... Nothing moved. I made one turn. Nothing. I ski cut. Nothing.
Once at the choke, I became more confident in the snow. I started putting more turns together.
After the choke. It quickly opened up and mellowed out.
You can see the trail from the cornice on the right
I skied to the other side of the basin, and attempted to photograph my tracks.
A look down.
I still had the basin ski ahead of me. It was excellent. All kinds of terrain features. Gulleys, halfpipes, rock jumps, etc... The snow was stellar corn.
Treeline also contained some nice features
I had drank all my water in the blistering sun. So it was a relief to arrive at a flowing stream above the lake.
Surely this decaying carcass provided my water with valuable vitamins and minerals
I crossed over the lake at about 11:30am. At this point I had been awake for over 24hours. I didn't sleep at all the night before.
So I laid myself down to rest. In a big field of tall grass. I laid there in the sun and felt it caressing my face. As I fell asleep I dreamed. I dreamed I was in a Hollywood movie. Anyways, I woke 2 hours later and hiked back down to my jeep making for a 10 hour day.
The stream is easily forded.