It's been a great week for skiing, starting with cold temps and nice powder, and now ending with spring like conditions. We've taken advantage of our available time and today was no different. Trying to squeeze in another pilgrimage to the county, we set our sights on one of the couloirs on the south end of Cascade Peak.
Jim Knight has recommended the Upper Pole Couloir but for convenience it was going to have to wait for another day as it was the farthest from our starting point at the mouth of Rock Canyon. From the outset, we were pleased that there was still snow from the parking lot and made quick work of the approach to the base of the Grr Couloir. With the recent warm temps and expected high in the 50s today, we were concerned about the possibility of ongoing wet activity.
|Tom and Jason approaching the Grr Couloir|
Then we pulled into the mouth of the thing and saw that the warm March sun had already done it's work. Happily, was threw our skis on our backs and hiked up the frozen debris.
|Best snow on earth|
|Tom, Jason, and Layne|
|Tom nearing the top of the couloir.|
|Layne near the top of the Grr|
|JD, happy as can be in his ladies googles|
|I don't know if he's scratching his brow or hanging his head in shame|
|Jason tries not to bomb loose rock on Tom and Layne|
|Topping out the V0 ridge move|
|Tom and Jason high on Cascade|
|Tom Goth on the South Summit with Freedom and Provo Peaks in the background|
If not, our wives, children, and employers would not be happy.
|Tom Goth skiing the greatest snow on earth with Mount Timpanogos in the background|
|A little more Tom|
As we descended, the snow of the upper bowel gave way to a narrower, icier, and steeper pitch with enclosing walls of warm rock. Jason was out front shouting something about how he wasn't sure of something. Not waiting to find out, I skirted to the skier's left and picked my way through the cliff bands to emerge underneath his position. Jason, Tom, and Layne persisted in a game of whippet assisted side stepping until they too were through the difficulties. Well, Jason and Tom did. Layne didn't have a whippet so his experience was likely more memorable, plus he was on race skis and he forgot his helmet. I almost felt bad for him and almost lent him a whippet earlier in the day. In the end, I was glad to have both.
|Jason emerges from the icy choke|
|Jason, debris, the lower South Summit Couloir, and Utah Lake|
|Tom finishing up|
|Tom, a runnel, and some very firm snow|
|Tom, some debris, and some very nice snow|
|JD heading home|
1500 feet of luge style skiing ensued with hopefully only a few children and BYU students getting scared.
|Tom and a nice young family|
|I think Layne was happy to be done in time to relive his wife from the kids so she could go running with mine.|
Stuff I used...
Scarpa Alien 1.0 boots
Ski Trab Maestro skis, Race Helmet, Nordic Race Gloves and Sport Evo Jacket
Outdoor Research Radiant Hybrid Hoody