First Sunburn of the Year!

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.

Kip at the first transition under Sawtooth's summit spire

Kip at the first transition under Sawtooth’s summit spire

Conditions were firm to icy all day and we found skinning to be a struggle. Bootpacking was the preferred option. Especially with the crampons we didn’t bring.

First line off the north side of Sawtooth. Turns weren't bad!

First line off the north side of Sawtooth. Turns weren’t bad!

After Sawtooth we skinned through Little Granite Creek and climbed Peak 8620′.

Kip skiing off Peak 8620'

Kip testing his edges

 

Peak 8620'. We skied the chute left of center

Peak 8620′. We skied the chute left of center

Benthos

 

Skinned under Benthos Buttress enroute to Ruby.

Wallowa Valley hidden under the clouds with the Seven Devils in the background

Wallowa Valley hidden under the clouds with the Seven Devils in the background

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KipPearl

Final chute of the day, Kip heading into the choke of the Pearl. Even though we had firm conditions it was a blast to get out of the inversion and ski some neat lines!

 

 

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