Saturday, February 27, 2010

Day 65, White Pine

Met up with Bart and Alex this morning at 7. Tim, Tom, and Mike were along for the ride too. White Pine was the start, with the destination unknown. The large crew kept the pace pretty pedestrian but the weather cooperated to a T, and we ended up with around 7,000 ft of prime touring.

Started by heading up to the ridge above Scottie's, to the top of No Name Bowl, and then along the ridge toward the Twins until we could drop into a Northwest facing tree shot for a couple thousand feet.

Big, beautiful slide paths for another day

First run

Next, we headed up to the shoulder of Lake Peak where an East facing chute beckoned. It looked like a fun scramble to the summit but the group conservatively ignored herd mentality and conservatively decided to enjoy a nice run down to the main drainage in spite of seeing a party of three high on the ridge, and for sure heading for the chute.

Potential scramble

Bart, investigating the chute

Lake Peak from across drainage

The group deciding where to go with Red Baldy in background

So Red Baldy was next. To the summit for lunch with warm temps, no wind, and sun all around. Stunning. Possibly my favorite views in the Wasatch so far.

The run down wasn't bad either. One of the group getting some.

One more short run opposite Red Baldy took us to the flats and then out to the cars.

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