Descend to the parking lot - climb one of the Honeycomb peaks - descend into Silver Fork - climb Davenport - descend a nice chute into Day's (Jaws?) - climb Flagstaff - descend Holy Toledo - climb Cardiac Ridge - ski a nice chutelette - climb Superior via one of the north couloirs - descend the South Face - cheat into Suicide and climb to the col - ski Suicide and out.
The weather deteriorated throughout the day with the cloud deck lowering until it swallowed us while trying to figure out if the South Face would go or not. It did, but not without some careful navigation and reliance on old memories. Anything on the northern half of the compass skied quite well above 9000 feet or so. Below that or on the southern aspects, the snow was getting heavy and I'm sure a stout crust will be prevalent in the morning but we didn't let that bother us today.
The whole day was filled with good company and great skiing. I know this area is highly congested at times but those descents in those drainages are quintessential "Wasatch" and when combined, this tour is a classic!
|Cold morning powder and bluebird skies|
|I think Jared wears a name tag so people quite confusing him with the me and Jason|
|Layne, about to end his wallowing and ski a cool chutelette on Cardiac Ridge,|
|Worsening weather but the snow is still great|
|"Big skis" and little boots...worked well today!|
|Josh, near Superior's summit|
|"Uhhh, are you sure we can get down this?"|
|A moment of incredible sharpness before the clouds made the descent "tricky"|
|Almost done with Suicide|
|Another teaser break in the swirling fog. Jason and Josh are PSYCHED!|
Anyway, my ultimate ski mountaineering quiver is coming along nicely. I'll review each one and put up some pics and specs shortly.