Joined: Fri Feb 17, 2006 10:10 am Posts: 1173 Location: Denver
Barrows and Forrest pause to admire what lies ahead:
Some two hours later, we reached our destination and began scoping out our options. Funny thing about the wind is that it certainly messes with your head. There were talks about backing out even though we all felt confident in our ability as well as the prevailing snow conditions. Not before long, we all agreed this was the day and eventually dropped a good sized cornice to test the south-facing slope without any surprises.
Barrows cutting a section out of the cornice to allow for safe entry into the couloir:
A look towards the East Face of Notchtop with our entrance into the Spire highlighted in red:
Forrest dropping in and making a few turns on a very firm surface:
Barrows soon follows:
Being the responsible test dummy of recent, I first went down through the choke and reported back with great corn conditions. With hindsight, it was definitely a great thing to have been delayed as we were because had we been on schedule, a fun spring descent would have been anything but.
Forrest slashing a turn in the choke as Barrows captures the moment:
Now it's Barrows' turn:
Forrest in the middle of the couloir with a view towards Flattop Mountain:
Barrows exiting at the bottom of the Spire with Ptarmigan Glacier (and all that fun wind) in the background:
Joined: Wed Mar 23, 2005 10:05 am Posts: 1503 Location: Colorado
Thanks Adam, yeah, I have wanted this one for at least 15 years! Next goal will be to try and get it in March POW! It is as good as I expected it to be. HFT rocks a full DSLR setup, I think he was carrying two lenses, but I am sure he will let you know focal lengths, etc. I have never much liked the POV video stuff, but I can see how for really cool lines it looks good-Tom got a good feel of the line in this video.