box elder is so over
February 6, 2009
I’ve tried to get on top of this mountain and ski that damn face 4 times.
Each time something turned us back. First time, Rick S and I had no idea what was even up there, we just wanted to go look. We went up in a blizzard, skied the right shoulder, and went home.
Then we went in from Tibble Fork, skied the Left Shoulder, and went back.
Then me n Rick went up from Alpine again, but went up the gut of the cirque to the cliff band, and went back.
Then we went in with Ben and Jon and Mike, skied the Uterus Chute, and went back.
This time, no going back.
Me, Mark, Mike, Tyler, Quinn, and Rob the Wonder Twin, started up about 5:30 in the AM.
It’s about 6,500 feet to the top from Alpine, and there were only four of us by the time we got to the Summit Ridge:
It’s a bit steep:
Me at the bottom. Do I look like I’m skiing or snorkeling?
Here’s the line we ascended and skied. By the way, it’s generally bad when one fourth of the way down a 40 plus degree, 3,000 foot, cliff-band covered face, you cartwheel and lose a ski.
But it’s cool when you do it and your tumbling ski sticks itself into the snow for easy pickup by a following friendly skier.