Objective: Camp overnight, Climb up, Ski down
Players: Tele Tim (me), Back Country Dave (BCD)
Gear: Skis, skins, Whippets, expedition sled, tent, bags
Starting elevation: 10,200 (where we parked the truck)
You got to get it while you can. The weather brought in fresh new snow. We had to be careful with regard to the steepness of slope, due to the avy danger. So we chose Huron Peak and its 30-35 degree East slopes.
BCD had been “dying” to get an overnight camp outing along the way this season and who could argue. We knocked off a couple of miles on the morning slog and got to sleep in a little. Well I slept well. BCD struggled with his sleep a bit.
The topo of our adventure. Yellow = Friday night camp route, Blue = ascent, Orange = ski. Courtesy of Bill Middlebrook
Pulling the sled with camping gear. We had this stream and one short bare spot. Otherwise it was all snow from the truck to our campsite.
A photo of our base camp
We woke up early-ish, about 0400. Ate breakfast, packed camp into the sled, stashed it in the trees and set out on the trail. We had really good navigation skill and made decent time through the trees. We were able to skin to the saddle (13,600’).
We rested at the saddle and decided to transition all of our gear, eat lunch and add layers there. That would prove to be a very wise choice. It should have only taken about 30 minutes to reach the summit from there. Because of the high winds and blasting grapel it took nearly 70 minutes. It was cold, cold on the summit.
We only spent about 15 minutes up there. Then we began our summit to truck ski. About 4000’ vertical and 4 miles of downhill rippin and sliding. A long way down.
BCDave making his way down.
Bckcntryskr on the decent.
After the open bowls, we hit some sweet pow thru the trees. BCD on tree patrol
We made it back to base camp, gathered the sled with our camp gear and hauled out to the truck.
Another great day in the high country with BCDave. We were able to keep it safe on a dangerous day and had a lot of fun. Unlike me, this stuff never gets old.
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