Sacajawea, East Face

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.

Devin skiing into the white abyss. You can just make out Aaron as a black dot at the bottom.

Devin skiing into the white abyss. Aaron is the black dot at the bottom.

 

 

Hurwal Divide East

East side of Hurwal. Skied the bowl in the upper left

East side of Hurwal. Skied the mostly hidden bowl in the upper right

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.

Ran across a set of tracks which I can only guess are   wolverine. Anybody with a better eye ID these tracks?

Ran across a set of tracks which I can only guess are wolverine. Can anybody with a better eye ID these tracks?

 

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Views were good as usual. Lots of ski terrain out there

Views were good as usual. Lots of ski terrain out there

Sacajawea looking good

Sacajawea looking good

The skiing was pretty good. The first 100' was rock hard, then turned to a few inches of enjoyable pow for the rest of the 2500' descent

The skiing was pretty good. The first 100′ was rock hard, then turned to a few inches of enjoyable pow for the rest of the 2500′ descent

 

 

 

 

Chief Joseph Loop

I gained the Chief Joseph ridge on the far far left, traversed up and over the summit, dropped into the upper chute which put me at the bottom of the lower chute, booted and skied the lower chute, then traversed the bottom to the left

I gained the Chief Joseph ridge on the far far left, traversed up and over the summit, dropped into the upper chute which put me at the bottom of the lower chute, booted and skied the lower chute, then traversed the bottom to the left. Whew, follow me?

Chief Joseph doesn’t have a shortage of chutes but these two in particular have been on my mind ever since I first visited this area. To make matters worse, Chief Joseph is visible from pretty much anywhere in the Joseph/Enterprise area, we have a good view of it from our house, and during the summer I get to stare at it for a good 20 minutes everyday coming home from work. To say that Joe haunts me is an understatement. The stars aligned today and I had a chance to see what these lines are all about up close.

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Photo Dump

Last week I spent a lot of time doing some exploratory missions, trying to find some new areas. Unfortunately, weather and sketchy snow conditions kept me from doing any quality skiing. We received a little snow earlier this week and the last few days have yielded some great skiing conditions.

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