| Lincoln Ski: The Georgia Chute
Route: Ascent of East Ridge, Ski Descent of the "Georgia Chute"
Date: Monday, April 28, 2008
Skiers: Beefcake, Sir Lancelot
Round-trip mileage: 6.5 miles
Conditions: Very windy, spring temps, hard-pack snow up high, corn below 12,000'
I did some recent reconnaissance from Bross and determined the Russian Couloir on Lincoln was NOT in, so we opted for another steep line just to the west of the Russian.
We show up at the intersection of Quartzville and Zinc roads and park near the current snow closure. Not 5 minutes out of the car, two Park County Sheriff vehicles pull in. "Wow, that was quick," I thought. I walked over to talk to one of the deputies to find out that they have had some recent trespassing complaints in the area. I told him we had maps that showed the private property areas and would be avoiding those areas as we ascended into the Cameron Amphitheater. They seemed ok with my response, told us it was ok to park in this location, and they drove off. It turns out that the trespassing issues were likely from snowmobilers riding up through private lots over the previous weekend.
Around 7am we began skinning up Moose Creek and then angled northeast into Quartzville Creek near Lincoln.
Entering the Quartzville drainage
Geesh, it's windy up here today!
Upon reaching 13,000', our desired ski route came into view to the northwest. We turned right and continued the ascent up onto Lincoln's east ridge.
After a quick boot-pack to the ridge crest, the skis when back on and the summit finally came into view. It was here that we turned on our avalanche beacons in preparation for the ski descent.
With winds howling, Sir and I sped up the final pitch to reach the summit.
Well, now that the climb was over, it was time for some fun. The temps weren't that cold and the sun was shining, but that wind was keeping the snow nice and stiff so we knew our descent snow wouldn't be optimal. Ok, let's see a couple of shots of the descent area. These were taken from Mt. Bross a couple of days earlier. The plan was to drop south off the summit, turn right, ski across the snow slope above the Russian Couloir, and zigzag into the "Georgia Chute."
Before leaving the summit, we decided to split up – Sir was headed straight off the southeast side and I would drop in from just west of the summit block to get some photos.
Sir dropping in:
From my entrance point on the ridge, here's a shot looking over Lincoln's steep, south face. For clarity, Sir's lines are indicated with orange and mine (BeefCake) with blue. The snow was quite hard from the previous night's freeze and all of the recent wind. With the exception of one convexed portion - which we avoided - the slope was in good shape and an avalanche was unlikely.
Looking back at our lines from the summit.
We crossed the snow slope above the Russian Couloir and regrouped above the cliffs on the west side of the face.
After a brief traverse, we found the location where we had to drop down to enter the Georgia Chute. I dropped down to the left and Sir continued a bit to drop in from another angle.
Some last looks up at the upper portion of the face.
After looking at one of my recon photos, I knew I had to descend this steep pitch (+-40 degrees) and turn right to reach the top of the chute.
We converged on the top of the chute (40+ degrees) and got busy.
And the winds!
Skiing back to Cameron Amphitheater.
The south face.
Skied down the drainage and crossed over to Moose Creek where we FINALLY found corn.
Ahhh... it was a smooth glide back down to the car, that was still there.