Joined: Wed Mar 09, 2005 4:15 pm Posts: 2516 Location: san diego CA
With 5 great days of boarding in a row I was feeling good. I had asked fullers2oh if he could make it up to the Mammoth Area on Tuesday to do The Bloody Couloir. He was game for it even though he had done it solo two weeks before.
I have wanted to do this for at least 4 years. This is what brought me to the Backcountry from the Resort. As you leave Mammoth and go south on 395 , Bloody is the last view out of town. I would be tried from a weekend of resort riding and I would glance over at Bloody as I drove out of town. It would give me chills thinking about what it would be like to be able to do something like that.
So the anticipation started getting to me on Sunday night. I tossed and turned dreaming of powder and worring about avalanches. Monday was great out at Red Cone with Mike and Dutch so I was hoping tuesday would be a repeat.
Dave was on time monday evening and after a good Mexican dinner at Gomez's we car camped at Sherwin Road.The next morning we drove up Laurel Lakes rd as far as we could and then parked. We hiked for about 1000 feet and saw our objective
Skins were out and we were on our way. We got to the apron about 10;30
Soon it was time for the bootpack. We put on crampons in case the snow turned to Blue Ice like Dana however the snow from Sundays 12 inches had deposited here in the couloir. It was going to be a long climb
Dave booting up
It got knee to thigh deep and stayed that way
As we got higher the snow became a little slabby. At the top 100 feet it was sounding a little hollow and making me nervous, but the sun was out and the wind was calm which is rare for Mammoth so it was the day to peak out and drop.
Dave rounds the corner as I sat on top
Views at the top were excellent. No city haze out here
Dave enjoying the View
Red Slate with Sundays snow on it
I was getting worried about the snow and the heat so I cut the party short and told Dave it was time to drop. I went down a couple hundred feet to take some pics of Dave
Dave dropin round the corner
Dave took the Camera and went down to shoot me
Now some more of Dave
Dave ...Where are you Dave?
The snow was soft with no crust. Both Dave and I Enjoyed
the skin out was great we giggled like little kids all the way back to the car. Of course a day like that has to be topped of with a cup o joe from the Looney Bean.
I was content as I hit the highway. I had just spent 6 days in the Backcountry with great friends, got good snow despite this years drought , and last but not least I didnt wonder what it would be like anymore.
Joined: Mon Mar 14, 2005 11:38 pm Posts: 33 Location: Truckee, CA
Way to schralp it Tex! Nothing better than slaying a classic couloir when its still cherry. So fresh, so clean. We blitzed up Bloody two days after you and used your stairway to heaven for lap two. Thanks for the vicious bootpack! We couldn't leave the confines of that gash until we ripped open both entrances. Nobody had touched it since you left so our sloppy seconds felt pretty virgin. Looks like you caught the snow in perfect condition. Still wintery two days later but not nearly as blower. Here's a few pics from our session to add to the bloody stoke.
..and just in case you came looking for spilled blood...Here's a shot for you Splitfire.
Tele skis are terrible kissers. Sharp and sloppy tongue. 3 cuts - 15 total stiches. Happened in the apron of Twin Peaks couple months ago. Pretty deep gouges. We cut butterflies out of duct tape which stopped the bleeding. Ended up riding another 3 g's that day as my partner was a freakin' animal.
Yer Mom sez...Wear a helmet and carry a first aid kit suckas!