Saturday October 21, 2006
The time has come once again. Backcountry gear unpacked from the gear room, batteries changed in the beacon, and a fresh coat of wax on the boards. Finally, after a week of storm systems moving through Wyoming, our season has officially started in the Absarokas. Momentarily, my cravings have been suppressed.
Driving to the mountain it is hard to imagine making any turns.
Once on the pass, it was clear that we would get a tour and some turns in. We skinned up the ridge looker's left in this photo:
Closer to the ascent ridge:
Skinning up the ridge with funky clouds and lighting. It was quite surreal:
A couple of nice lines, but this southeastern slope is still a bit boney.
Heading north looking for a bit more snow:
Matt tops out and looks down into our line; a nice north facing couloir: