Forums TR Archive California Horsecreek Peak TR 4-9-05
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  • #566643
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    Joesnow, gimpy, buddy, steeleman, bcrider
    Photos by Joesnow and bcrider

    This season has been amazing in the Sierras and it only seemed natural that last weekend would follow suit.

    Gimpy, buddy, Joesnow and I headed south to the eastside of the Sierras to explore some of the peaks in the vast region. Tahoe is great but compared to the mountains on the eastside it’s like comparing Boreal to Squaw Valley. We just don’t have the scale that they do down south. It’s literally like a giant candy store for bc skiers.

    We left South Lake Tahoe at 5am with a plan to meet Steeleman at the Matterhorn trailhead in Twin Lakes. All went as planned and we easily made the 7:30am meeting time.

    The Approach

    Getting ready at the cars.

    Upper Twin Lake

    Bcr at the top of the first slope.

    Nice lines and views on the way up the valley.

    Ski Dreams, East Couloir, and zzzzMatterhorn.

    Break time.

    Gimpy, buddy, and Joesnow heading towards Horsecreek Peak.

    Gimpy and buddy.

    Joesnow, buddy, and Gimpy nearing the pass.

    Joe and a line that does NOT “go” on his right.

    Steeleman.

    Steeleman at the pass realizing he is late for a hair appointment.

    bcr and buddy.

    #581575
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    The weather started deteriorating and our visions of bluebird pow quickly vanished. We said our goodbyes to the Steeleman as he was doing an overnighter at the pass and needed to set up camp for big plans on the following day.

    bcr with a socked in Matterhorn Peak in the background.

    Horsecreek summit from the couloir.

    Gimpy showing his love for the Boston Red Sox.

    bcr filming.

    The Descent
    gimpy and buddy getting first tracks down a sweet line in amazing conditions.

    Joesnow goes next.

    bcr’s turn.

    The couloir was absolute bliss. The snow was cold, dry, ice cream headache type pow, typical in winter…not April.

    The bowl was damn good too except for the flat light.

    bcr.

    gimpy and buddy ripping.

    Looking back. We wanted to take a more direct fall-line in the bowl but the flat light made it difficult.

    The snow got heavier the further down the valley we went but it was still very fun and skiable all the way back to the campground.

    #581576
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    Gimpy and Joesnow getting a much needed soak after an epic day.

    The Sawtooth Range from the springs.

    All in all it was one of the better days of the season. The conditions, terrain, and company were hard to beat. Thanks guys! 8)

    Sunday TR from Dana Plateau coming tomorrow. :mrgreen:

    #581577
    Matt
    77 Posts

    Sawtooths *and* Dana Plateau in the same weekend?!? 😯 Talk about your overacheivers. Maybe you’s guys shoulda taken Monday off and summited Whitney too. 😉

    PJ and I are heading out toward Matterhorm/Twin Peaks this weekend. I hope there’s still some of that pow left.

    #581578
    Matt
    77 Posts

    Doh! Double post…

    #581579
    powderjunkie
    1667 Posts


    It’s air bud. Sweet action pic.

    #581580
    Hans
    4 Posts

    Very cool!

    #581581
    mountainvoodoo
    80 Posts

    Great TR BCR, You guys make that stuff look so easy. Can’t wait for the Dana TR. Keep up the good work!

    Jim

    #581582
    jimw
    1420 Posts

    Nice! “Ice cream headache type pow” – love that description! I am not looking forward to the Dana TR because I am going to wish I was there… 🙂

    Sweet lines, looks like there was plenty of this epic weekend to go around.

    #581583
    Bodhi
    42 Posts

    Bcr,

    Plush photos…

    Love any kind of Beta you could give me about Dana Plateau from your experiences this past Sunday…we are doing Mt. Dana down and up onto the Plateau this upcoming Sunday…we are leaving SoCal Thursday night for a peak or two in the Cloverleaf Lake Cirque area (behind Mt. Morrison), then hoping to hit a start on Dana and around 2am Sunday…

    peace,
    D.

    #581584
    digdug
    88 Posts

    stoking that eastisde fire ❗

    it’s gonna be a long drive thursday night to Mammoth, but now i won’t have to worry about getting tired behind the wheel! great pix and lines, i love that area 8)

    #581585
    Gumpie
    46 Posts

    Nice TR bcr! — I have to quit my job here soon and move from the snowless Appalachians back out west.

    …any open positions for a timberfamer with lots of CAD/CAM experience in the Lake Tahoe area? – please PM me.

    #581586
    dibiase
    46 Posts

    I love the doggie pics!

    Everytime I see these east-side routes, the scale just blows my mind. Looking forward to the Dana TR!

    #581587
    kverlander
    13 Posts

    Anyone know what kind of dog buddy is? Looks like a good snow dog!

    #581588
    joesnow
    46 Posts

    @bodhi wrote:

    Bcr,

    Love any kind of Beta you could give me about Dana Plateau from your experiences this past Sunday…we are doing Mt. Dana down and up onto the Plateau this upcoming Sunday…we are leaving SoCal Thursday night for a peak or two in the Cloverleaf Lake Cirque area (behind Mt. Morrison), then hoping to hit a start on Dana and around 2am Sunday…

    peace,
    D.

    Bodhi – You are getting after it early with a 2:00 AM start! If you are intent on doing both Dana and the Plateau (which I would highly recommend based on our view of a fat and untracked Solstice from the Plateau on Sunday) then you’ll probably want to take a different approach than us. You really want to approach Dana from the highway near the park entrance and ascend the north ridge. Probably the best approach for this would be to start from the Powerhouse and skin up the drainage towards Ellery Lake (past the ice climbing cliffs). From Ellery Lake stay on the road until you reach the north ridge of Dana. After skiing the Solstice (or Dana Couloir), just head due east towards the lowest spot to gain the plateau. Study the plateau lines from below so you understand where the entrances are in relation to one another…….cause from the top it all looks the same – like the end of the earth! Keep in mind that 3rd Pillar, Ripper, Coke Chute, all take you down a much different drainage than the Powerhouse chutes.

    Have a great fuggin’ time.

    Gumpie – what is a timberfamer?

    #581589
    Gumpie
    46 Posts

    @joesnow wrote:

    Gumpie – what is a timberfamer?

    it’s a wood worker/carpenter working with heavy timbers. More basic info here http://www.tfguild.org — cad/cam here http://www.cadwork.com

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