Inspired by a previous 14ers report on skiing the North Couloirs, we have been wanting to do this for about a year.
We decided to ski up to around 12,000' setup a camp and attack Missouri from there.
High camp the Ritz at Missouri Gulch
The Ritz at Missouri Gulch .
Trailhead was completely clear and the first 1/4 mile up we were bootpacking with 60 lb packs.
We started up about 12:30 on fairly heavy wet snow, made our camp slightly N and W of Mt Bedford.
Ate dinner out of a bag and got to bed early, fairly windy through the night but temps stayed in the 20's, when we got up about 6:30 the wet snow was pretty hard.
We skied up to Elkhead basin then being our first time here probably skied up the ramp to the west a bit further then we needed to and ended up doing switchbacks to 13,000'.
When the slope got to about 35 deg we switched to crampons
Sitting at 13,500 taking a break.
After about an hour of climbing, crawling, taking very large steps that get you back to where you started we made the ridge
Finally made the ridge.
Then it was a short walk in the park to the summit right at noon
Geo marker, Scott and Bob at the top
Scott and Bob at the top, Scott resting at the top on his 40th B-Day notice the B-day cake in right side of the pic
Scott resting notice the B-Day cake.
It was an awesome day at the top so after a 1/2 hr rest, lunch and enjoying the amazing views, , ,
It was time for the ride down, we chose the north couloir just to skiers left of the summit, snow was still very firm and didn't show any signs of softening, coming up the couloir the only signs of instability we saw was either old or on aspects the sun had affected. So we decided it was a go.
Being it was Scott's B-Day he got the honor of going in first and I went far enough to be able to watch his descent, then followed when he was safe, snow was fairly hard maybe a bit crusty even, gave some tired legs a bit of a workout. But we were able to ski 2500 vertical back to camp without a problem. Red line is our descent
Good time 5 hours up 20 minutes down
YouTube video of our ski http://www.youtube.com/user/SearchProduction#p/a/u/0/6e_D2U4k4SA