Heading up a nice skin track that must have been laid down earlier that morning, we avoided breaking trail through 3 feet of unconsolidated powder. Just under the summit ridge, the trail took a detour to some boring bump so we put in a track to the summit of Allen Peak (elevation 9645), which lies immediately to the north of Mount Ogden. Here, we realized that we were standing near the entrance of the elusive Banana Couloir. This is where the monkey showed his true colors and chose the Banana over the warm sunny powder slopes to the east. No matter that lurking shark fins and bushes were always a concern. The boy devoured the Banana before we turned around and skinned our way back to the sun.
|Heading up and out of Snow Basin|
|Nearing the summit of Allen Peak|
|The monkey looking for his banana|
|Ahhhhh, the Banana Couloir|
|Mount Ogden and the other peaks of Snow Basin|