Nothing better than hitting new lines and new climbs. I have been chasing some of these shots for a while now. Tom Turiano had told me about a couloir that led to a big north facing bowl. I believe that Tom and some of his companions are among the few to climb and ski it. The line does not have a name, so we will call it Tomfoolery Couloir out of respect. Today was the day to check it out and quench the thirst. It was a big day with 4000 feet climbed, 3200 vert dropped, and five miles of skiing/booting.
Everything started nice and easy.
Along the way there were some unique formations. Call it what you want:
Al and Chris heading to boot up the Tomfoolery Couloir. Our original plan was to climb this, drop National Bowl, and drop this to get back:
Chris enjoying the views on the way up to the couloir:
Our first view of the couloir (top pitch out of sight). Tomfoolery I say:
As we got closer, we could tell that this might not be the best descent option due to lack of snow. Looks like we could use a few feet:
Nice rib on the apron of the couloir. Looked so good:
As we climbed up the couloir the snow became icy on top and rotten underneath. Al sending it:
Kevin and Al laying the stairway:
More nice views of the Tetons on the way up:
Chris likes to climb:
At this point in the couloir, crampons and axe were a must. It iced up and the slope angle kicked in.
There were definitely some no fall zones with the thin snowpack not covering features. Exposure was sweeeeet:
Wysplit say's, "Mikey likes it!" Such an aesthetic climb:
Kevin stoked to be on top with 1400 feet to drop into National Bowl:
View of National Bowl-:
Al dropping the top of the bowl:
Looking back up National Bowl. The rollovers were crazy in this bowl.
Climbing out of National:
Kevin and Al look back at the top pitch of National:
The final drop for the day, The Gully in FS Bowl:
Wysplit gets ready for the last drop of a stellar day:
Looking up The Gully from the bottom:
Our route down:
Today was a big day with a lot of country covered, great friends and family to tour with, and some new lines skied safely. Today was a good day.
Joined: Wed Mar 09, 2005 4:15 pm Posts: 2574 Location: san diego CA
Loooking goood Dude. Way to hit it. All I can answer back with is dolpin tanks 3-5 occasional six on friday. Kinda mushy in the morning but ledging out about an hour later. Once agin my friend you have hit another out of the park homer. Kevin looks pretty stoked. Im getting nervous here. How long did it take you to drive here?