Peak(s):  Mt. Cameron  -  14,238 feet
Mt. Bross  -  14,172 feet
Date Posted:  04/01/2013
Date Climbed:   03/30/2013
Author:  Bean
 Wind, gravel, and skis   

I sometimes wonder why I do this to myself. Out of bed at 2am. Driving at 2:45. Hiking at 5:20. Questionable snow conditions. Horrible winds, well above the forecast. I managed to convince Nate to come, while Marc (XC Snowboarder) and Eric (gueza) actually wanted to go. Sophie will follow me to the ends of the earth, though I wouldn't have brought her had I expected the ground blizzard she put up with.

Goggles were the choice for the day. I never wear goggles climbing, except when I'm in this basin.

At least the sunrise was nice.

The snow was mostly continuous on the way up. Mostly.

The winds were relentless. I briefly considered turning back, but remembered that it always seems to be like this. The only thing that made it bearable was temps up around freezing.

Eric, waiting out yet another gust of wind.

It's nice to have a strong group. We pressed on at a good pace the whole time.

Not far from the summit of Cameron, Eric and I chatted and decided to make a fast push to the top and get back down to the saddle, due to deteriorating conditions. A few minutes later Sophie and I were on top, alone. I made as fast a transition as ever and skied back down to find Eric, Nate, and Marc working their way up. Eric, having already skied Cameron, decided to join me in going back to the saddle.

It was sunnier and a bit warmer, but still windy. I broke out the puffy and wrapped Sophie in it with me while Eric and I waited for Marc and Nate.

The clouds moved in again, but we were so close to Bross, never wanted to come back, and decided it'd be easier to hit Bross and head down from there.

Top o' the gravel pile!

The snow wasn't very good up high, plus we had concerns about stability which led to walking down on rocks for a few sections.

Marc recently picked up a new Never Summer SL Split, and is using it with his hardboot setup. He's pretty pleased with it.

Sophie's spirits lifted as it warmed on the descent. The rest of us were just happy to get some softening snow and decent turns.

Within seconds of getting back to the car, the attitude went from "this is stupid, why do we do this" to...

..."great day, gents!"

 Comments or Questions

Timeline is not quite right.
04/01/2013 18:05
That attitude change took more than ”seconds”, it took a few minutes for you to find me a snickers. Then I had a beer and only then was I thinking ”okay that wasn't so bad.”


Why? Indeed!
04/01/2013 19:42
I ask myself those kinds of questions all the time, but the mountains keep drawing me back!

The sunrise shot was super! When I first viewed it, the name Mt Aetna immediately popped into my mind. Don't ask me why.

That is one poor frigid-looking doggie! Hope she got thawed out!


04/01/2013 20:13
Thanks, the sunrise shot is definitely my favorite. The pup started thawing as soon as the sun came out, cuddled in my lap the whole ride home, and then napped with me after that. She was back to her normal insane self the next morning.


Yeah, I often ask myself that...
04/02/2013 01:44
... and generally come to the same conclusion. Way to hang on.

Dave B

Looks ”fun”
04/02/2013 16:57
They best way to make Sherman fun is to make it type II fun.

And yeah, your dog is a trooper!


04/02/2015 19:45
on the first ski descents of the season!

Winds in the Tenmile range are insane. I got zapped by them 3 times in the past 6 months. Way to persevere.


Cool photos Dude!
04/03/2013 02:18
Way to continue on with the wind hammering you guys.


That day looked.......
04/03/2013 19:36
Miserable! Way to persevere gents.


04/15/2013 01:45
The crappy conditions made for some very cool photos!

Way to hang in there.

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