note: on this trip, no splitboards were used. i figured with the lack of snowpack this spring and still getting out anyway would excuse any indiscretion with posting this TR. plus it was a KILLER day. i know at least some who would appreciate seeing this. anyway... May is the time for the ritual spring hike with my brother. fun waves and warming ocean temps in so-cal(where he lives), and this guy is waxing his SNOWboard? packing crampons and ice axe? yeah, gotta get that one last shot. camping
tuolumne meadows and yosemite high country back there
we were thinking that a low snow year might make for an easier entrance to solstice
we were right
the bro ripping 6" deep spring corn
surfing it out
i think he had fun
resting after the run, we see a single skier dropping dana coulior
the little dot, top center
no problem hiking out with board on the back, this is some epic scenery
looking back as we head toward dana plateau
then came the gnarliest run of the season. scoping
no riding pics. had to focus.the choke was not quite as wide as we thought from the bottom. nose and tail touching rocks on steeps with exposure below kept us on our toes. then out the bottom we had to negotiate runnels that were left from a rock slide earlier or from the day before. check out the shots from before and after.
this was last wed. 16th. i'm sure solstice will hold up fine. the snow was soft but not punchy. so should keep for a little while longer. i wouldn't go for chute out though, was just barely there last week. can still ride ellery bowl to the bottom, with some melted patches.