I received a PM from skier666 a few days earlier stating that his friend from Europe (hicks) was going to be in town for 2 days and that he wanted to show him a backcountry day before heading to the AKPM Summit at Alpine Meadows on Sunday. I had planed on getting out on Saturday morning and it's hard to pass up a trip with skier666 so it was game on.
We met at the trailhead at 6:30amÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.skier666 pounds some last minute caffeine while hicks realizes his pack has a broken waist buckle (kinda important).
Luckily I brought two.
There wasn't a whole lotta snow at the trailhead.
Soon we were wandering through the forest and crossing a creeksÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.good fun.
skier666 mad creek crossing steeze.
Out of the forest we start climing the small ridge to Angora LakesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Hicks is stoked.
More dry climbing and no snow in sightÃ¢â‚¬Â¦the troops start getting a little worried.
And finally on the ridge (and opposing aspect) we hit snow.
Oh but wait guysÃ¢â‚¬Â¦we just have one last creek to cross.
bcr stoked to be in snowboard boots.
Apparently it's not as easy in alpine ski boots.
Skier666 sets upÃ¢â‚¬Â¦
and lands it unscathed.
hicks decided to try a different route.
Our first close look at the chute we came for.
Too steep to skin so we went to boot mode, skier666 gives his approval.
Getting to the top went fast and soon we were on the summitÃ¢â‚¬Â¦skier666 said this was his trackhead impression.
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It was only 10am so we headed for another.
Skins were a nice thought but soon it was back to booting.
On the ridge we got a sweet view of the Crystal Range. (l to r - Pyramid Peak, Mt Agassiz, Mt Price)
hicks checking it out
Another group was hitting Halls of the Gods in what looked like good spring conditions (smooth and edge-able).
At the notch that separates Angora Peak from Indian Rock we decided to descend rather than continue to Echo Peak. Temps were rising and the notch would have taken some time to get through (it's much easier when it's full of snow). Our exit chute was still fun so it wasn't a complete loss.
The skier devil stoked on the viewÃ¢â‚¬Â¦four different lakes - Upper Angora, Lower Angora, Fallen Leaf, and Lake Tahoe.
skier666 making a maching turn with our exit chute in the background.
*note - lower section of the morning chute in the background
Then it was a traverse out so we wouldn't have to walk on dry land.
skier666 breaks on through to the other side.
bcr plays connect the dots.
Gotta love those creeks.
And dry trails.
Are we there yet dad?
Smiles on their faces so I guess it wasn't too badÃ¢â‚¬Â¦.I hope.
Thanks for a fun day guys!
I made it home in time for an early Mother's day event and enjoyed a quick snack before the main festivities. Grocery store Rolls and an O'doul'sÃ¢â‚¬Â¦not the ideal ending but actually not too bad.