| Little Bear Winter Summit Ski
Standard Route from Lake Como
Crew: Maverick Manley, doumall
Sunday morning, Prakash and I climbed up the standard route north couloir into a blamy winter morning.
Upon reaching the west ridge we found sun.
We stuck to the ridgeline for some ski boot scrambling.
This mountain is guarded by thick walls with archers firing rocks and often times even moats filled with Avalanches. Little Bear demands respect.
Prakash boots across the face over frozen snow:
Approaching the Hourglass:
I got to lead some alpine ice (AI2) setting one screw in the process.
Prakash cleaned, showing some well developed climbing skills.
Free, he kept his rhythm going, continuing up into the poop your pants terrain.
Yes, its that steep (in these conditions):
The route curved away out of sight from the picture shown above. I didn't realize the entire snowfield had water ice under it and climbed half way through with a whippet and a mountaineering axe. Realizing my folly, I found semi descent footing to trade the whippet for an ice tool and immediately calmed down and finished the pitch. Prakash in the mean time had zipped up it with no problem. Looking down this terrain:
We opted to forgo the rotten snow climbing and jumped on rock to gain the summit ridge.
Once on the summit ridge, I felt vindicated for my ski carrying efforts by the snow seeping down the 50 degree slopes from the summit.
Prakash finishes a stout winter ascent with the depressingly dry southern Sangres behind:
Blanca sporting a lenticular cap
After our standard Jet Boil hot noodle summit slurp, we ramped up the endorphins for the descent. Straight off the top!
I got to make some nuts in your throat jump turns down the uber steep strip of snow. Those familiar with this ski descent know what I am talking about.
The Dav Shot, with Prakash working it!
The pic above is supplemented by the one below to fully disclose the snow continuity through here. Can you spot Prakash?
Below that I had to link patches together to get down into the mellow bowl area, where the skis came off.
At the bottom of the bowl, I clicked back into the Dynafits for some hair ball… well just check out Prakash down climbing this stuff.
Having wet snow slough off the ice beneath my feet was the primary reason I opted to ski with the ice tool. All of two jump turns were had through here, the norm was to get a quality pick and then sideslip a few feet.
Standing in the same spot as above, this pic shows the angle a bit better.
We rapped the Hourglass, Prakash first:
Soggy turns below the gnar were the first time I could relax in quite a while. The sun put our day to rest:
The upper route marked, altered from a photo by RyanS's on summitpost: