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 Post subject: Horsecreek Peak TR 4-9-05
PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2005 12:43 pm 
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Joesnow, gimpy, buddy, steeleman, bcrider
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This season has been amazing in the Sierras and it only seemed natural that last weekend would follow suit.

Gimpy, buddy, Joesnow and I headed south to the eastside of the Sierras to explore some of the peaks in the vast region. Tahoe is great but compared to the mountains on the eastside it's like comparing Boreal to Squaw Valley. We just don't have the scale that they do down south. It's literally like a giant candy store for bc skiers.

We left South Lake Tahoe at 5am with a plan to meet Steeleman at the Matterhorn trailhead in Twin Lakes. All went as planned and we easily made the 7:30am meeting time.

The Approach

Getting ready at the cars.
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Upper Twin Lake
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Bcr at the top of the first slope.
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Nice lines and views on the way up the valley.
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Ski Dreams, East Couloir, and zzzzMatterhorn.
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Break time.
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Gimpy, buddy, and Joesnow heading towards Horsecreek Peak.
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Gimpy and buddy.
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Joesnow, buddy, and Gimpy nearing the pass.
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Joe and a line that does NOT "go" on his right.
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Steeleman.
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Steeleman at the pass realizing he is late for a hair appointment.
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bcr and buddy.
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The weather started deteriorating and our visions of bluebird pow quickly vanished. We said our goodbyes to the Steeleman as he was doing an overnighter at the pass and needed to set up camp for big plans on the following day.

bcr with a socked in Matterhorn Peak in the background.
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Horsecreek summit from the couloir.
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Gimpy showing his love for the Boston Red Sox.
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bcr filming.
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The Descent
gimpy and buddy getting first tracks down a sweet line in amazing conditions.
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Joesnow goes next.
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bcr's turn.
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The couloir was absolute bliss. The snow was cold, dry, ice cream headache type pow, typical in winter…not April.

The bowl was damn good too except for the flat light.


bcr.
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gimpy and buddy ripping.
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Looking back. We wanted to take a more direct fall-line in the bowl but the flat light made it difficult.
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The snow got heavier the further down the valley we went but it was still very fun and skiable all the way back to the campground.


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Gimpy and Joesnow getting a much needed soak after an epic day.
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The Sawtooth Range from the springs.
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All in all it was one of the better days of the season. The conditions, terrain, and company were hard to beat. Thanks guys! 8)





Sunday TR from Dana Plateau coming tomorrow. :mrgreen:
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Sawtooths *and* Dana Plateau in the same weekend?!? :shock: Talk about your overacheivers. Maybe you's guys shoulda taken Monday off and summited Whitney too. :wink:

PJ and I are heading out toward Matterhorm/Twin Peaks this weekend. I hope there's still some of that pow left.


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Doh! Double post...


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It's air bud. Sweet action pic.


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Very cool!


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Great TR BCR, You guys make that stuff look so easy. Can't wait for the Dana TR. Keep up the good work!

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Nice! "Ice cream headache type pow" - love that description! I am not looking forward to the Dana TR because I am going to wish I was there... :)

Sweet lines, looks like there was plenty of this epic weekend to go around.


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Bcr,

Plush photos...

<insert green streak of crazy jealousy>

Love any kind of Beta you could give me about Dana Plateau from your experiences this past Sunday...we are doing Mt. Dana down and up onto the Plateau this upcoming Sunday...we are leaving SoCal Thursday night for a peak or two in the Cloverleaf Lake Cirque area (behind Mt. Morrison), then hoping to hit a start on Dana and around 2am Sunday...

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stoking that eastisde fire :!:

it's gonna be a long drive thursday night to Mammoth, but now i won't have to worry about getting tired behind the wheel! great pix and lines, i love that area 8)

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Nice TR bcr! -- I have to quit my job here soon and move from the snowless Appalachians back out west.

...any open positions for a timberfamer with lots of CAD/CAM experience in the Lake Tahoe area? - please PM me.


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I love the doggie pics!

Everytime I see these east-side routes, the scale just blows my mind. Looking forward to the Dana TR!


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