March 7, 2015

In the middle of somewhere

Today, Jared and I rose to greet the morning sun in the warm Wasatch dawn, following a long-awaited storm that arrived and delivered earlier this week. South and west faces were zipper crusted, but north and eastern aspects graciously welcomed us. 

While not racing in the Powderkeg today, both of us felt we should be at least close in spirit to the guys, so we sought our own treasure. Both with about the same amount of time available, we discovered it in the waking light.

We skied several couloirs all of which were steep, elegant lines that lacked only in length. We started with the east aspects and then rotated along the compass to the north faces. Each held its own character, accompanied by incredible, soft skiing. 

Couloir #1- Steep and straight
The Samurai letting the morning begin
This became our highway of access up
Couloir #2- Ramp skiing
Drop off on skier's right- not the first in but soft skiing for sure

Couloir# 3  Steep and choked entry from the top
The top choke, pretty steep and tight-Courtesy SLC Samurai

Jared about halfway down-  the line went all the way

Couloir #4- "S" Couloir
Watching rocks at the top, the bottom drops out

Jared down climbing in style (near the bottom of the line) and seeing his pole a ways down. 
A look back-

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