Joined: Mon Dec 19, 2005 12:57 pm Posts: 65 Location: Bergen County
Well, there wasn't actually any splitboarding going on in this trip, but since we got our beta from this site I figured I ougt to give back a little. It started with me seeing a picture of the mountain about 3 years ago. This year I finally had some friends dumb enough to drive for eight hours just to suffer all day and night.
It started with an early start around noon:
The Tetons sure are impressive from the road
Moran isn't that big from across the lake. . .
We were on the same schedule as the people in the TR I saw here, started across the lake just before sunset.
Hiked/wacked bushes for a couple of hours in the dark to get to the snow. Left to right, Ian, me and Marshall
Slept for two hours and started up at around 3 am. Small wonder we didn't get lost in the dark. Having a picture of the front of the face from the distance on my camera once again proved to be very useful in figuring out where the hell we were. It started getting bright out around 4:30am or so, and the views were spectacular
Sunrise was amazing. Ian and marshall.
Marshall and me
just the lake
Pretty soon we ascended into a cloud which, I'd like to mention, was the only one on top of any mountains in the tetons that day
Me on the way up
From the top things would occasionally clear a little bit and we could see the lake. Picture of marshall and ian on the last little bit. Once they topped out the clouds stayed until we descended.
I went first. The top part that hadn't gotten any sun was just barely soft enough that it wasn't really dangerous. About 2 inches of pretty icy crust on top of softer snow. that you could just barely penetrate too. At least it wasn't going to slide. . .
Ian went next. This picture is one of the few i've taken that actually looks steep. I guess it helps that the slope was about 50 degrees. . .
Then Marshall. Notice the ice ax pole plant
It was a long way back down. 98% of the snow was great, it got a little dirty, sticky and rocky on the bottom but was perfect corn for the bulk of the descent.
It was the longest steep and sustained descent I've ever done. I can see why it's considered a classic.