Forums TR Archive California 4/20/05 – Zebra Couloir and the Checkered Demon
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  • #566673
    bcd
    232 Posts

    With a little bit of fresh snowfall I decided to head out to the peaks above the Buttermilks to check out Mt Emerson and Peak 13,112

    (file photo taken from Basin Mountain) Peak 13,112 with Emerson in the background:

    As I drove out there the sun was just starting to hit the mountains. I somehow managed to get my car up the washed-out road until I hit a snow patch that Subaru wouldn’t make it through.

    First light:

    After about a mile of walking on the dirt road I hit the snowline and started skinning towards Emerson.

    I came upon a few birds trying to stay warm:

    Hiding under a blanket of fresh snow:

    My original plan was to go up the North Couloir on Emerson. But when I got beneath it, it looked a little wind-scoured. So I headed back down the canyon to the Zebra Couloir, which is slightly more protected from the wind. The snow in the Couloir was variable, some parts were 2 feet deep, other parts were bulletproof.
    The climb up was pretty exciting, as I really don’t have any experience climbing steep frozen slopes. I’ve always carried an ice axe “just in caseâ€Â

    #581792
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    I hate you!

    just kidding of course. 🙂
    Nice work bro! You are the master. 8)

    Super nice lines and great pics!

    Thanks for sharing bcd.

    #581793
    philfort
    31 Posts

    Wow 😯

    #581794
    Ecobrad
    2068 Posts

    Your a badass!

    #581795
    mtnrider
    740 Posts

    That is bad ass!
    Were you listening to some Slayer before you dropped?

    Thanks for posting your stuff BCD…very inspirational.

    #581796
    Ecobrad
    2068 Posts

    …very inspirational

    Yep, makes me want to quit my job, move the fam to Bishop, and get into the bc several days a week.

    Oh yeah, as bad ass as your riding is this photo is even better.

    Well, maybe not better but pretty damn cool

    #581797
    NoKnees
    336 Posts

    Wow.. Awesome photos and great TR. Question on the birds… did you hear them or see them? It’s amazing what you notice when cruising alone through the backcountry. Definitely makes the journey just as rewarding as the turns earned..

    Greg - NoKnees

    #581798
    jimw
    1420 Posts

    Nice! Just make sure you don’t leave any good lines for the rest of us this season OK? 🙂 Great photos of the birds (and the lines of course but with you that’s a given). Never would have thought that they did that, but it makes sense…

    #581799
    gimpy
    47 Posts

    you are a machine. a machine that takes good pics too. 😀

    #581800
    Snow Nymph
    22 Posts

    WoW! 😯

    I love the bird shots too! Didn’t know they did that! Any idea what kind it is?

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    Wereesf0z
    6 Posts

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