Photos and story: Wyomingsplit_ride
RandoPlayers: SteveRomeo, Ken Doerr
SplitPlayers: Nomad, Wyomingsplit_ride
This is a tale of two splitboarders and two randonnee skiers who set out to ski some new lines in the crags of distant Wyoming. Different schools of sliding down the mountain would join together on a mission. Could it be done? After a few Internet transmissions were sent through the techno waves, the time and destination was set: some place far, far away in the Ramshorn Mountains. Let the journey begin.
From the badlands rises the mountain. View of Ramshorn Mountains and our destination.
The main road to these mountains is blocked by private property. This is our neighbor's sign and road to our ranch. Think avalanches are your biggest concernÃ¢â‚¬Â¦think again. Coffin Butte in the background (our original destination, but changed plans)
Ramshorn Peak on the right and Six Mile Cirque on the left (our destination)
We stayed at my ranch, which makes for a cozy first night base camp.
The next day we left the luxuries of civilization and headed into Six Mile Cirque. It took us about four hours of skinning to set up our camp in the cirque, then we set off to ski Craig's Bowl after climbing about 3000 feet. Steve and Ken skied part of a couloir and then skied the bowl. Nomad and I rode Craig's Bowl.
Romeo and Ken climbing up Craig's Bowl.
View of Ramshorn Peak and couloirÃ¢â‚¬Â¦this would be our last day's objective if the weather and snow were good.
Ken and Romeo getting ready to drop couloir, but ended up hiking out of it due to not really knowing what was at the bottom. Does it go?
Romeo drops Halfway couloir:
Nomad drops into Craig's Bowl
View from our camp looking at Craig's Bowl and Halfway Couloir:
Nomad relaxing after a pretty big day and smiles at his lines!
After we dropped the Big Rib, we headed back up to the ridge and dropped the Martini Couloir (route in green)
Looking down the Martini Couloir:
After dropping these lines, we headed back to camp to rest up a bit. Romeo and Nomad had an itch to get one more line in. Here is the description of their routeÃ¢â‚¬Â¦the Goatmeal Couloir with the Romeo traverseÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Nomad dropped to the bottom, but had to slog all the way back up to camp.
Looking up the Goatmeal Couloir:
A nice end to a good day. Looking at camp and the apron of Goatmeal Couloir:
A spring skiing trip would not be complete without a bonfireÃ¢â‚¬Â¦excellent way to end the dayÃ¢â‚¬Â¦except for the sparks and smoke harshin' on Romeo's bed.
Romeo calls it Booty Time!
The Ramshorn Couloir did not go down on this trip due to weather, snow, and a long slog back to the ranch. A few new lines went down, the company was good, and it was nice to spend a few days away from the civilized world. Way to get after it boys!
Eco-I have been going up to these part of the mountains since I was eight. My dad took me on my first big mountain experience then. I have been hooked since!
It was fun travelling with Steve. He gets after it, but toned it down a bit thank goodness. He throws in a good boot pack too. It is always interesting to see what people want to ski when they get back there. Fun trip for sure and some fun lines and funny moments.
P420-Nomad is....well...a nomad...LOL. Fun riding with him for sure. Glad he was along or I probably would have skied this trip.