I tried to get out to Koch on Friday morning but was rejected at 5 am by the snow bogging down my car. Third time digging out on this road in the last 2 years. I didn't want to add an extra six miles to the day so my friend Steve was dragged out that same evening in his Jeep. No problem getting to within 1/4 mile of the trailhead where we camped. The alarm didn't go off in the morning causing us to lose an hour, but luckily the snow didn't soften up too quick. It was a bit over-ripe by the time we hit the couloir, but not enough to warrant concern.
Woodward on the way in. Steve had just spent 2 hours cleaning his car that same day so I felt a little guilty forcing him to rally the mud. Well, not too guilty.
Couloirs in the basin
Imp, Hilgard, Echo and Dutchman
The Sphinx and Lone
Steve feeling the burn
Dropping in. Some ski patrollers from Big Sky (Troy and Ryan) had actually hit this just before us. Strange, because this is not even a slightly popular destination. They had parked back where I was stuck on Friday and hauled a 70 pound sled up with them. Furthermore, rather than melt snow they decided to dig down 8 feet to some sort of stream - not even the lake up there. Lots of work for a little water
The snow was a bit chalky on top, then mushy on the bottom.
Steve in the couloir
The couloir is hidden behind the big rock face.
I ended up making Steve late for work, forcing him to craftily think up some excuse to tell his boss. He pulled it off without a hitch - bravo!