Post subject: 5.16 - 5.17.2009 eastern sierra - blacktop n koip
Posted: Tue May 19, 2009 7:07 pm
Joined: Mon Feb 06, 2006 11:31 pm Posts: 590 Location: ca. - sierra
a few years back i went up to koip for my 1st time. the view up there is really sweet. from there you can see blacktop's north face. one look at that peak and i knew i would have to go back there to ride it sometime. that sometime was this past weekend. it was truly an epic adventure with two 12k summits in one day.
this shot was my desktop wallpaper for quite some time. taken 5/29/06. that was a much bigger snow year!
met up with robert (RJC) and got an early start on things. staging at the TH its hard to believe im gonna carry all that crap on my back for two days!
next morning - hiking up the parker canyon. from the TH to parker lake is a few miles of dry hiking on summer trail.
then at the lake you loose the trail and its cross country to the snow. you dont gain much elevation but its kinda far back. at least the low snow was still there in the canyon. i was happy once this was behind us.
once you get up over the canyon headwall and up a little bowl you reach this nice alpine zone. koip pass is the low point in the middle and where we were headed.
robert skinning over the pass. this was my 1st skin all the way up and over a 12k pass like this.
this is a shot of parker peak. once you are up at the pass there are all these peaks that are conected, mt wood, parker, koip, and kuna. i guess it is a popular area with the summer hikers for peak bagging. i thought it was very interesting how the next peak east of koip was almost completely naked yet koip had so much snow on it!
the 1st views of blacktop were quite motivating for me. felt good to see what we would be riding sunday.
robert chillin on a dry patch on the other side of the pass. there was only one small area of dry and the rest was mellow low angle corn all the way down to camp. that ride sure felt good after climbing about 4k ft with the overnight loads.
once we got down to the alger lakes we picked out a great camp spot and enjoyed the rest of the day.
had i known what was on the back of koip, i would have climbed to the summit to ride this>
next morning we were up and going around dawn. nice mellow quick climb to the base of the chute we intended to ride....
....and some primo corn
the walls of this chute were very asthetic with some really cool patchy black rocks all neatly stacked sideways. i think i can guess where "they" came up with the name blacktop.
robert finishing up
views from the top did not suck. this is the backside of kuna.
and again - what we missed - or i overlooked - on koip. i was really expecting the south side to be dry.
looking south to mammoth
and bitter and ranner were looking quite majestic!
got a million shots like this. so boring. nothing to see up there. moving on now.
found the register and took care of busniess.
and now its time for the riding shots. please excuse the overexposed shit, im such a kook i should look at my meter once in a while.
it was perfect corn snow in the chute. there was some rockfall which caused some major potholes but only messed up a bit of the middle.
riding with the axes wasnt really needed except at the very top, but it was good practice.
the view from back at camp...time to pack up and head back to reality.
i cant resist - one more pic/view from the top of koip. it was fairly easy to skin all the way to the summit. that was also a 1st for me.
looking down the south side from the summit, i really had to fight the urge here. oh well, next time
views to the north also sucked...dana and toooallome
and finally robert riding down from the summit of koip