Forums Trip Reports Emerald Chute, 3/29/09
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    jimw
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    On Sunday, Buffy and I decided to go check out Emerald chute (or section 20 as it’s also called). Seemed like it would be a good corn option as it was south facing, but we weren’t sure if it would soften up due to the high winds.

    The skin up was direct, pretty steep, and refrozen, so we both used Mr. Chomps. Buffy just got a pair and was really stoked on them.

    Neither of us had actually been there before, so when we got to the top we weren’t completely sure how to access the chute. There were skin tracks going in different directions and we weren’t sure which ones to follow. In retrospect, it seems like the best approach is to traverse climber’s left under the main peak, and up to a saddle, from which there is a short easy hike to the top of the chute. Instead, we went directly over the top along the ridge to the chute, which made for some great splitbooting practice.

    Finally we got to the top of the chute.

    At this point, the winds had completely died. We dropped in, and the top was actually pretty good, and it had already softened up – a little too much in fact. There were some nice roller balls in there to contend with too, probably from the day before, which was really warm. About 2/3 of the way down we reached a section that we couldn’t pass through. From the road, it looked like we might be able to sneak through this section on rider’s right, but it didn’t go. So, more splitbooting.

    There was another short strip of snow below this that we rode to the road (not wide enough to even make turns in, so not much fun), where the tourists taking pictures of waterfalls and Emerald Bay were surprised to see us.

    Looking back up:

    It was a cool run, but I think a little too late in the season. I think it’s done unless we get more snow, or you really like splitbooting!

    #616504
    dishwasher-dave
    460 Posts

    In retrospect, it seems like the best approach is to traverse climber’s left under the main peak, and up to a saddle, from which there is a short easy hike to the top of the chute.

    Yep.

    But I did the same thing as you guys my first time up there as well. Some fun boulder hopping on the backside…

    I’ve never gotten that line in particularly good snow, but I have always had a fun time anyway, it’s just such a ridiculous view and setting.

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