Forums TR Archive California Flagpole Peak 11-5-04
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    bcrider
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    The winter really snuck up on most people this year with record snowfall totals in the month of October. For skiers and boarders this is an obvious welcome and hopefully a sign of an epic winter to come.

    A couple of friends and I decided to go check out one of our local mountains.

    Location
    Flagpole Peak

    Weather
    Clear and warm, borderline hot. Light winds.

    Snow
    The previous snow history consisted of a 3 to 4 foot base from a storm that lasted a few days near the end of October. Almost a week later it snowed around 12-14 inches at this location. The storm was very windy and affected the snow at higher elevations which made this location a good call. The treed slopes on this tour held the protected snow we were after.

    The peak can be seen from the highway.

    It was my first time on this peak but I’m very familiar with the Echo Peak that is connected on the same ridge.

    The snow level was surprising low for this time of year which allowed us to skin a few hundred feet from the car. We made our way through the lower forest and onto an old slide path with alder thickets. I think gimpy might have taken one for the team. (photo Joe)

    Looking down on the lower slope. (photo Joe)

    We continued on up a steep skintrack to heaven set by gimpy. The snow was its deepest on the mid-mountain were it had been protected from the wind.

    At the top we saw how the peak got its name.

    To the west is Echo Lakes and the beautiful Crystal Range.

    Joe, gimpy, and buddy get ready to drop for our first run.

    Joe enjoys the early season powder.

    gimpy and buddy do too.

    My turn. (photo Joe)

    photo gimpy

    Early season snowpack also mean lots of obstacles and pillows to play with.

    The conditions were a little thin up high but once you got down a little the coverage was quite good.

    More joe

    More gimpy

    And more bcrider. (photo gimpy)

    and buddy (photo gimpy)

    Thanks for a great day guys!

    #580547
    pbelitz
    24 Posts

    Very nice. How many rocks did you hit? 😛

    #580548
    bdub
    40 Posts

    very nice bcrider! damn i need to get a camera.

    #580549
    ML
    5 Posts

    Nice early season outing! Good to see BCR’s picturesque TRs still going, keep up the good work.

    What kind of dog is Buddy? He looks alot like my shepard/lab (+ I believe a dose of husky), Ginger. Great dog for the snow! She once spent the evening at 9000′, other than the “where have you been” look on her face the next morning none the worse for the experience.

    Last spring in the Medusa Couloir

    During the Olympics, Helis couldn’t fly but we could!!!!

    Hmmmm….time to start an ever popular Dog Thread????

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