Hurricane Point as it’s called on some maps, or peak 8,457′, greets me every morning over coffee. I’ve been up there a couple of times, and the ascent isn’t much fun. I’ve been wanting to ski the big chute cutting down the center for some time. Continue reading
This is the Wallowa Mountain’s Elkhorn Mountain(9,233′), not Elkhorn Peak(8,931′) located in the Elkhorn Mountains. Unique name, Elkhorn is.
I’ve attempted this line at least twice (maybe thrice?) and every time conditions haven’t quite aligned. Last time Tysen and I tried the whole chute was filled with debris. I’ve been dreaming about this one a lot. 2,000 vertical feet, sustained pitch, ski right off the summit, it’s got it all.
The Matterhorn is Wallowa Mountains second highest at 9,826′. It’s been on my tick list for awhile and I was fortunate to have great weather.
Even though high pressure has been keeping conditions firm, Kip had an idea for a traverse from Sawtooth into Little Granite Creek, down Peak 8620′ into Scotch Creek, then down Ruby. I thought it was a great idea. After strategic rig shuttling we began the slog up Falls Creek to Sawtooth.
Sacajawea, 9838′, is the tallest peak in the Wallowa mountains, and sixth highest in Oregon. I’ve been meaning to get up there, so when Aaron asked if I wanted to go I jumped at the opportunity. We had excellent weather, great travel conditions and good snow. Great day to be on top of the Wallowas.
Only managed to get one picture, Aaron and Devin are superfit dudes so on the rare occasion we stopped I used it to catch my breath.
Sometimes things just don’t work out. There’s a classic couloir I’ve been watching all season waiting for conditions to line up and I was sure Monday was going to be the day.
Tysen and I left Joseph at 0230 and began the slog. Firm snow made for effortless skinning, a light breeze kept us cool, and with the world shrunk down to what’s in front of your headlamp you really have nothing to do but go fast. All these factors helped us make good time and we hit the alpine with the sun.
We hit the couloir’s apron and immediately knew we wouldn’t be skiing it today. The past few days’ warm sun had baked the couloir’s rock walls, filling the gut with mashed potatoes. Ugh. I knew there would be a little, but didn’t expect this much. So we slogged on and hunted for a plan b.
Bummer we didn’t get our objective, but still had a great day out.
You get an awesome view of Hurwal Divide from the Imnaha highway, and every time I see it I think of how good the skiing must be up there. At 9,776′ the northern peak of the divide is the seventh highest in Oregon, which sweetens the pot a bit.
Took advantage of the clear skies and went for a walk in the alpine last Saturday. A lot of naturals out there on all aspects and a thin rain crust all the way up to 8800′ where I topped out. Good skiing conditions in protected areas above 7000′. I got a couple shooting cracks on wind slabs failing at the crust layer and easily got them to run on test slopes.
A few pics of the carnage from the last cycle.