Peak(s):  Dyer Mtn  -  13,855 feet
Date Posted:  11/09/2009
Date Climbed:   11/09/2009
Author:  killingcokes

 D‘Yer Maker of Turns   

Got out for a fun day of skiing yesterday. Got another centennial done and got out wiith a new partner. Plus we skied corn and sessioned a wind lip and skied all the 2600' of vert that we climbed. Not bad for November

Not to be greedy but we need some more snow soon.

Quick note on snowpack. We found a very thick hard slab, pencil hard and about 8 inches thick on a 30* slope, NE facing. I forgot my saw so only a shear test and the shear was quality 2. There was another hard slab about 3 inches below that and 2' thick with a quality 3 shear. Below that were rounded grains for 2 feet to the 5" from the ground. Then a thin but seemingly nonreactive layer and some facet development at the ground. No ice layers and i had a really, realy tough time trying to get the lower snow to fail. The 1.5 x 1.5 meter top slab was well over 35 pounds but seemed to be bonded reasonably well. All in all it seemed like a well bridged and reasonably safe slope. Above us was a pocket of old snow on a 38* slope, but we didn't get into that area cause we wanted to get back to the south slopes for some skiing.

The southeast slopes were in a melt freeze cycle.
Here's a couple pics the rest can be seen on my site


 Comments or Questions

great pun
11/09/2009 16:38
Is this what you had going through your head as you were skiing down?


Oh, oh oh oh oh oh...
11/09/2009 16:57 don‘t have to snow. But since ya did, somebody may as well enjoy it! Not a skier, but I love your artsy photos. Just gorgeous.


Zep Rocks
11/09/2009 17:23
Hard not to put the two together.

Brennan took all the pics except the ones I took of him. I spaced my camera. Too much wine the night before.


11/10/2009 00:40
Thanks for the invite, ass
Kidding. Nice work dude


Very Nice
11/10/2009 01:31
Nice work and some excellent pics from KansasBorder. I especially like the one of the skier on the ridge with the sun. Awesome.


Somehow i missed this earlier
11/19/2009 23:43
Way to get out early, and awesome photos Fritz!! Looking forward to this season!


which approach did you use?
11/25/2009 18:45
I‘m thinking of going for a snowboard descent there this weekend, but i don‘t want to hike up from the wrong side and get stuck with no snow... It looks like Iowa Amphitheater, but i climbed sherman 2 years ago and my memory isn‘t clear enough to remember for sure


11/25/2009 19:36
Iowa Amphitheater is the place. We ended up skiing the northeast side then hiked back into Iowa Amphitheater to get back to the TH

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