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 Peak(s):  "Drift Pk"  -  13,900 feet
Pacific Pk  -  13,950 feet
 Post Date:  05/14/2013
 Date Climbed:   05/12/2013
 Posted By:  Elliot

 MayPow Drift Peak-Pacific N   

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Drift Left above Copper from East Red a week prior

With intentions of skiing Crystal North on Sat, Tanner and I made a change of plans as I had received a text from Calc that he was going to ski Drift. It was nice to skin to the top of this one and we enjoyed great views and snacks before looking at the SE bowl.We planned to ski SE and the hike back up to ski the classic NW drift line. The SE face was looking pretty saturated so we hopped on the Driftline and enjoyed great powder conditions.
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Tanner enjoying the great may conditions on the Driftline

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Tanner

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Calc Ripped it top to bottom while me and tanner traversed skiers right to a nice gully

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I think it was about 11 when we reached the bottom so we went for another lap
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Second lap on the skin track

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above one of the many exits

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More of a corn product below the various exits of the drift face

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Pacific from Crystal June 28th 2011

On June 28th 2011 Tanner and I skied Peak 10 south to Crystal south east to Pacific, with intentions of skiing the North Couloir. We hiked it but the descent was a bit firm and the crux a bit concave, allowing for only the tips and tails of the skis edge to grab. Needless to say we backed off, and skied tarn bowl over to an inset lookers left of the Maui Chutes. Even on June 28 of 2011 the crux was fatter that when we skied it on May 12 of 2013.
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A nice couli we skied after backing off Pacific North 2011

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Calc on the summit

Anyway back on top of Pacific with an approach from the Spruce trailhead we were looking at the type of snow you want for this steep couloir. Now I have to mention that I was not too impressed with Mountain Outfitters who had unsuccessfully tried to replace the faulty pins in my Dynafits. When putting them back together the tech asked what I wanted my DIN’s set at. I replied “10” and thought nothing of it. Well the tech set my lateral DIN at 10 and spaced even setting the forward pressure DIN. Moral of the story never trust the techs at ski shops and it’s your fault if you do.
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Adam Brian and Calc check out the North Couloir 2013

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North Couloir June 28th 2011

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North Couloir May 12th 2013

There are two options up top, the left option seems to be a bit wider than the right that has a few rocks constricting to shorter than a ski length
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Calc cutting to the left branch

Calc Dropped first followed by Brian and myself. A recent strong addition to the crew Adam, who is recovering from some serious foot issues after a ski descent of Denali last year skied the lookers left couloir off the ridge. The snow has been very stable on north aspects with minimal sloughing.
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Calc lower down

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Brian cuts left healside

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Brian carving out the dogleg

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Me working the shadows just trying to keep the skis on my feet with a no forward pressure DIN



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  • Comments or Questions (14)
BillMiddlebrook


North Couloir     2013-05-15 06:19:12
Way-to-go!

”Moral of the story never trust the techs at ski shops and it’s your fault if you do.”
Exactly right

And thanks for the North Couloir conditions. Seriously, you just saved me a recon mission which I had planned for early next week.


lordhelmut


Sweet stuff     2013-05-15 07:44:52
Those turns on Drift look solid. And Pacific is filled the hell in. No surprise Calc went top to bottom.

Your dynafit segment is good fuel for my pro Fritschi arguments. Thanks! (But sorry to hear you found out about it on the summit).


Elliot


Fritschi     2013-05-15 08:02:26
I have heard plenty a Fritschi curse at the top of peaks this year...


benners


Nice Descents Fellas     2013-05-15 08:16:05
Hope the snow sticks around for a few more!

Brian, wasn't it your Fritchi that ripped in half in the San Juans causing you to miss an entire ski descent and sending us on a wild goose chase through Tride for a loaner setup? All Elliot's talking about is a minor adjustment that all new Radicals require, at least his bindings still worked .


lordhelmut


Time & Tested     2013-05-15 08:26:32
Those were 8 year old bindings. From the looks of it - I didn't miss much of a ski descent. I still stand by the Freerides!


Elliot


Dynafits     2013-05-15 08:35:20
While they did stay on my feet, I didn't have the correct screw driver to tighten them down, thus making me ski very cautious. Needless to say I know a little more about how the bindings work now.

Weekend freezes are in the forecast


benners


Real Reason     2013-05-15 08:40:06
You only stand by the Freerides because people keep giving you their old crappy pairs for free (probably because they just bought Dynafits), and you therefore have no reason/motivation to ever spend money on bindings . No one ever gives away their old Dynafits, not in my experience at least...


mtnfiend


Ben is correct Brian....Loan Stallion!     2013-05-15 09:08:59
Productive weekend Elliot, strong showing!


Elliot


Pac N     2013-05-15 09:10:15
Bill turn that recon mission into a descent. oh and Mayflower is great for sled access!


lordhelmut


Enjinears     2013-05-15 09:24:50
Rick - lets have a spelling contest before we debate over AT bindings. I don't think horses handle bank loans.


mtnfiend


loan or lone     2013-05-15 11:48:56
I can't spell and this should not be a surprise to you!

But just because I can't spell doesn't mean you can't move from the comfort of your freerides to the exciting world of tech. It makes you sound like a crusty old man. ”Damn whipper snappers....Pull up those pants and tuck in that shirt!”

Elliot - I didn't realize mayflower had sled access.


CALC

Love the binding debate fellas!     2013-05-15 19:34:39
Hilarious, you could be using Trekkers.


BillMiddlebrook


Umm     2013-05-16 07:18:33
Lol. Hey, Trekkers might not be a bad idea to reach the N Couloir! I bet Elliot wished he had his bomber Alpine setup when he realized that Dynafit screwdriver hole was too small for anything they had on-hand.


MatB


Trekkers     2013-05-19 08:58:22
Your right about those trekkers. Garbage on the way up, great for the way down.

Looked like a fun day guys, nice work.



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