Monday, May 23, 2016

4/1/16 - University Peak

After a day of heavy bags and and a fair amount of walking on dirt we were hoping for a mellow tour starting a little higher.  The Dale Apgar of Mammoth suggested University Peak.  He promised skinning from the car, a nice craggy summit, and corn for days.  Dale delivered.  
Dale and Andy admiring our skinner
Andy and Tom nearing seen from the summit
Dale summiting
Dale with University Peak behind him

3/31/16 - Temple Crag N Couloir

The week before we looked up at Temple Crag and saw a number of lines that were worthy of a return trip.  The most obvious was the North Couloir.  Info was sparse but from what we could gather there was a rock/ice pitch in the middle.  We came prepared with heavy packs full of climbing gear and made our way up.  
Temple Crag from the East

North Couloir
 Andy said he was feeling "sendy" so he took the first lead.  When I said heavy packs earlier what I meant was packs with the lightest ropes and the scantest rack imaginable.  So with that light rack Andy ran out of gear maybe a hundred feet up.  He belayed Tom and I up and I took the next hundred feet.  Both of our leads felt much harder than they should have but we certainly aren't in any sort of climbing shape.

Pitch #1 - Tom Goth Photo

Photo - Tom Goth
About 500' after the rock pitches we took a dead end left hand turn that we ended up skiing back down.  Once back in the North Couloir proper we scrambled past a few easy rock bands and ended topping out at a notch.  We had hoped for the summit but now we all weren't feeling as "sendy" as before so we settle for a couple thousand feet of steep powder skiing.  All in all our expectations were blown away.

Andy at the top of the wrong turn
Skiing back to the main chute
Back on track
Andy at the notch
Andy skiing down from the top of the chute.  Tom rigging a short rap b/c we were to scared to down climb a 10' rock band. 

After the rap

End of March photos

Andy high on the Catcher's Mitt
Backyard skiing with the dog
Andy, Tom, Lars, topping out the Y
South Thunder from North Thunder
Andy making one of three icy turns in the Needle before booting back out
Lower Y
Ben Peters in God's Lawnmower

3/23/16 - Days Powder

We found surprisingly good powder in Days Fork.  Andy and Lars also found a little variable...

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

3/19/16 - Noman Clyde, Mt Sill

We all had a day and a half free and decided to make a quick trip to the Sierra.  The original plan was to take a look at the NE face of Middle Palisade and if that didn't look good then explore a new area.  Once we got a look at the NE we all agreed that it did not look good.  Oh well, the rest of the day was spent skiing powder on Norman Clyde Peak and Mt Sill.  Not a bad consolation prize.  Andy wrote more about the day HERE.
Middle Palisade
Mt. Sill
Heading up Norman Clyde

Tom on the Norman Clyde Glacier
Booting up Mt Sill
North Couloir Mt Sill

Heavy packs had us all feeling a little like this

Mid March - The Y, The Hallway

A couple days from Mid March.  We hadn't skied the Y for several years and, as always, were impressed with the sustained pitch of the line.  Weather had us bailing before the top but not after climbing the majority of the chute.  
Lower Y

A couple days later we got out with Aaron Kenard.  The foot of new snow in the Hallway skied very well!

Aaron Kennard