Feb 7-11, 2020, Wallowa Wanderings

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Posted by Telepathetic on 2/23/20 1:38am
Wallowa Wanderings Trip Report:

https://youtu.be/ct5XVobtcc0

Feb. 7-11, 2020

Big Sheep hut and nearby mountains
26 miles
8500 ft. ascent

* Jeff Omelchuck
* David Burdick

Thanks to:
http://www.wallowahuts.com
Eagle Cap Wilderness-Wallowa Mountains
Some nice looking snow and wiggles!
2020-02-25 12:30:49
kamtron
Was wondering how the snow year there was looking - pretty good from the pics.  Been to McCully 6 times, need another trip!
2020-02-25 13:50:23
Chamois
author=kamtron link=topic=42685.msg166895#msg166895 date=1582499443]
Some nice looking snow and wiggles!


Thanks!  It's the wiggles we were going for! Nice term!
David
2020-02-26 12:19:17
Telepathetic
author=Chamois link=topic=42685.msg166896#msg166896 date=1582511907]
Was wondering how the snow year there was looking - pretty good from the pics. Been to McCully 6 times, need another trip!


snow was good at higher elevations.  Remarkable place.  Dry snow, few people.  David
2020-02-26 17:52:32
Telepathetic
Was debating heading there for my SB this year, third week of March. I've never skied in Eastern OR before, think it might be too late in the season? Kinda depends on how the next month delivers haha but have you ever been that late before? Thanks!
2020-02-26 19:41:18
evanraj513
author=evanraj513 link=topic=42685.msg166916#msg166916 date=1582606471]
Was debating heading there for my SB this year, third week of March. I've never skied in Eastern OR before, think it might be too late in the season? Kinda depends on how the next month delivers haha but have you ever been that late before? Thanks!

This is my first time in a long time there.  Havent, in recent memory tell you about conditions.
But the folks that run the huts state that its pretty puff till start of April.
Might want to look at snowtell data to get an idea of temps and depths. (https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/detail/or/snow/products/?cid=nrcs142p2_046181)
Cheers
david
2020-02-26 20:54:26
Telepathetic
Nice!  I did trips to Big Sheep and Wing Ridge for several years.  But I grew frustrated finding wind crust in all those big open bowls above timberline.  On my trips we always found the most enjoyable snow below timberline.  Looks like you hit the jackpot.
2020-02-27 18:50:28
Randito
author=Randy link=topic=42685.msg166918#msg166918 date=1582638899]
On my trips we always found the most enjoyable snow below timberline. 


We spent 4 days at the McCully Basin yurts a few years ago. Our guide said "you can always find good snow somewhere in McCully Basin." We found it in the trees.
2020-02-28 08:34:43
PhilH
author=Randy link=topic=42685.msg166918#msg166918 date=1582638899]
Nice! I did trips to Big Sheep and Wing Ridge for several years. But I grew frustrated finding wind crust in all those big open bowls above timberline. On my trips we always found the most enjoyable snow below timberline. Looks like you hit the jackpot.

Hi Randy,
Yes, they just had a snow event while there.  Never been to Wing Ridge.  Do you have a preference?
David
2020-02-28 08:35:56
Telepathetic
As an FYI, my 6 trips to McCully were always the second to last week in March.  Only on one trip were we a bit snow-starved for two days before it started to snow again.  Powder depths ran from boot-top to hip deep (yea, that was the year I skied with a broken tele-binding).

Seems like it was always full-on winter each time we went.
2020-02-29 21:59:47
Chamois
author=Chamois link=topic=42685.msg166921#msg166921 date=1582654054]
As an FYI, my 6 trips to McCully were always the second to last week in March. Only on one trip were we a bit snow-starved for two days before it started to snow again. Powder depths ran from boot-top to hip deep (yea, that was the year I skied with a broken tele-binding).

Seems like it was always full-on winter each time we went.


good to know!  Thank you!
Off to hike the Hayduke in Utah.  I take it April is not a good month for good snow?
2020-03-01 10:39:26
Telepathetic
author=Telepathetic link=topic=42685.msg166920#msg166920 date=1582649208]
Hi Randy,
Yes, they just had a snow event while there.  Never been to Wing Ridge. Do you have a preference?
David


Wing Ridge is far less of a schlep to access the camp , particularly on the way out. The only downside is that you can get invaded on weekends by day skiers.

The $50/per person/per night fee is a bit hard to stomach for what these camps provide.    
2020-03-01 22:33:07
Randito
author=Telepathetic link=topic=42685.msg166922#msg166922 date=1582656470]
good to know! Thank you!
Off to hike the Hayduke in Utah. I take it April is not a good month for good snow?


I think April is transition month up there. And the Wallow Alpine Hut folks start thinking about breakdown- but could be some good spring skiing

The Hayduke:  https://youtu.be/yyETLdSL4xg

2020-03-02 09:06:24
Chamois
author=Randy link=topic=42685.msg166923#msg166923 date=1582660442]
The $50/per person/per night fee is a bit hard to stomach for what these camps provide.


lol...let's just call the accommodations "rustic"
2020-03-02 09:46:26
PhilH
author=Chamois link=topic=42685.msg166924#msg166924 date=1582662649]
I think April is transition month up there. And the Wallow Alpine Hut folks start thinking about breakdown- but could be some good spring skiing

The Hayduke:  https://youtu.be/yyETLdSL4xg




yep, we are in for a duzy of a hike!  Thanks for the inspiration.
2020-03-03 13:12:33
Telepathetic

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