Joined: Fri May 13, 2005 8:05 am Posts: 1479 Location: 395
Headed up to kick off volcano season with likestoride and met up with bcrider and mcpheet for two days of shredding. The first day we started off out of Bunny Flat at 4:40am to hit up Trinity chutes (becoming an annual pilgrimage for me) I'm not a fan of Bunny Flat due to crowds and rangers but the riding and access is just too awesome. Today we were the only ones climbing up!
Getting up early sucks but you're often rewarded with amazing sunrises:
bcrider finds a nice perch to chill:
I walked over to peek down into Mud creek next to Thumb rock. Our skier buddy had ridden the chute at bottom of this picture the day before (it doesnt quite go but he wiggled an exit for himself). More stuff for the hit list!:
After a long climb we arrived atop our objective. Buffy with Lassen in the distance:
Getting prepared and waiting for the snow to ripen:
Looking down our line:
The snow was nice, smooth and soft the whole way down. No suncupping yet!
Buffy exiting out of the chutes:
Notice the dude far down below. Our buddy JT was also out there this day with Toby doing laps. This was run 3 (I think) of the 5 he did this day. He caught the pack in this pic topping out. 50 years old+ and he does back to back to back 8-10k days . I don't get it...and he splitboards too!
It was windy on top but the snow on our north aspect was perfect:
We did 2 laps on this face. Bcrider and mcpheet did a separate face from Buffy and I on our last one. The snow was amazing transitional porn. Better than Shasta even. Buffy topping out on 2nd lap:
Our 2nd run. Nice steep face that opened up to huge field of amazing snow:
JT chatting with me after his 4th run. He was stoked to bum some water and food off Buffy and I so he could do a 5th!:
Joined: Tue Feb 21, 2006 1:57 am Posts: 1111 Location: Santa Barbara, CA/Ashland, OR
LOL...we're thinking with the same brain these days Brooks. I did Lassen on Sunday. No pics because I was solo and just decided to leave the camera behind, but I found very similar conditions to what you described. It was hot as hell on Sunday though, so for wet slide risk I just did one lap and called it an early day.
Well done you guys/girls! I was eyeballing trinity chutes for Fri actually.....between you and stoudema I'm getting all the great beta just a few days before climbing!
What time did you top out (above the chutes) leaving at 4:40?
edit: that looks like a summit shot with Buffy? Assume you road misery hill back down? I did that once. Crunchy rime ice
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Joined: Tue Apr 14, 2009 9:31 am Posts: 268 Location: a vanagon somewhere in WA
damn brooks you take some of my favorite photos.... good work on both the pictures and the mountains. i was a little sad about the end of pow season, but last weekend got me pretty stoked on corn season!