Peak(s):  Whale Pk  -  13,078 feet
Date Posted:  05/25/2017
Date Climbed:   04/30/2017
Author:  Don Eberl
 Whale of a ski   

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After a several years of wanting to ski this peak, I finally got a couple of my ski partners to ski this isolated peak. We got somewhat of a late start and headed out of the campground at 8am
. Later in the spring you could drive up to the Gibson lake trailhead, but there was just too much snow. We got up to the trail head and saw another skier just coming down around 9am. I figure this guy got a very early start and was fairly fast. He informed us that we would be able to skin from there and all the way up to the summit. Once we got to the lake we went lookers right and headed up to toward the summit
. (We did not climb the Whale tail coulair.) We skinned all the way to the ridge
. From there it was only about a 100 yard hike to the summit
. We traversed down the ridge and dropped into the coulair. It was fairly steep dropping in but mellowed as you continue down. The snow was more of a mash potato consistency due to the warmth of the day and the later start. It was a beautiful descent with around 1500 feet of vertical
. We continued to the left of the lake and enjoyed a few more turns before the tree bashing back to the trailhead.

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 Comments or Questions
That lone skier was me
05/26/2017 10:18
Good to see you guys got it. I think that I started around 5 am and got great powder conditions in the coulior

emcee smith

05/26/2017 11:56
Good to see you out and about. Let me know if you want to walk anything this summer.

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