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 Post subject: Mt. Humphries, North Couloir 5.10.12
PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 9:47 pm 
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This year in the Sierra is all about earning it. Humphries is big, almost a 14er at its peak. But I was able to drive to the end of Buttermilks Rd and started hiking from 9200'.
This is what the Wahoos looked like and as much of Locke's couloirs as I would see. Image

2 miles and 1500' of dry hiking got me to snow line and a small Lake. Just so happens I have my fishing pole.
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Soon I started to skin up and some of the other lines come into view. This one looked nice.
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The climb from the lake to the top of the couloir is 2800' and I mostly skinned up, booting up the last 500' in the rocks on the left of the line. Topped out at 13500' and was treated to some great views.

Emersons North Couloir center of photo
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Humphries Basin to Glacier Divide
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Time to ride
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Looking back
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Looking back from the Lake
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If you want it, there's still good riding....and fishing! Enjoy Yours!


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 Post subject: Re: Mt. Humphries, North Couloir 5.10.12
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 5:42 am 
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Very ice! Looked like fun.

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 Post subject: Re: Mt. Humphries, North Couloir 5.10.12
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 7:30 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Mt. Humphries, North Couloir 5.10.12
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 7:33 am 
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Yeah buddy! Way to get after it. Humphries is in my top 5 favorite Sierra peaks. Amazing you can drive that high this time of year and amazing how little snow there is in Humphries basin. This TR makes me happy and sad at the same time. I take it the snow was as good as it looked in the cooly?

I find it funny people (me) aren't bothering with the eastside much this spring because of coverage but if this same coverage was in October there would be a new TR every day! :D


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 Post subject: Re: Mt. Humphries, North Couloir 5.10.12
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 9:21 am 
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Wow - looks dry but nice job getting up there. Of course I only have a season that was 300% of average to compare to...


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 Post subject: Re: Mt. Humphries, North Couloir 5.10.12
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 12:34 pm 
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Nice Swanny!!! :headbang:

Can't believe I missed this TR yesterday when I made the rounds! Nice work on the fish too! Did you throw it back or cook it up on the spot?

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 Post subject: Re: Mt. Humphries, North Couloir 5.10.12
PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 2:36 pm 
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BG, yes the snow was smooth...but it will probably melt before it gets suncups.

Jbay, These fish were golden trout. Too small to keep but fun to catch.


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 Post subject: Re: Mt. Humphries, North Couloir 5.10.12
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So much potential.

Nice work Swanny!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Mt. Humphries, North Couloir 5.10.12
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 8:25 am 
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Fishing and turns! Doesn't get a whole lot better than that!

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 Post subject: Re: Mt. Humphries, North Couloir 5.10.12
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Great tr. I am thinking of going there on monday. Did you ride the lookers left or right couloir in your photo?

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 Post subject: Re: Mt. Humphries, North Couloir 5.10.12
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 9:50 am 
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And what time was the couloir ready,ie soft to ride? Thanks a lot.

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 Post subject: Re: Mt. Humphries, North Couloir 5.10.12
PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 3:43 pm 
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Rod, I rode lookers right. Snow was soft and rideable at noon, and I descended about 1:30. Snow was really too soft and had to wait and watch my sluff go down a couple of times. When I got down the cooly in my 3rd pic had a large wet slide in the apron. Enjoy it up there and be safe.


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 Post subject: Re: Mt. Humphries, North Couloir 5.10.12
PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 8:41 pm 
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nice! that one is high on the list. stoked to see you getting the job done.


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