For clarification purposes, this is the same Stügie/Stugie as previous - just locked out and finally decided to throw up a post after a few silent years as well as get a new login.
Day 1: Early into the “playfields”. Can’t ask for much when it comes to August, September, and sometimes early October turns. Soloed for a couple days and camped at climbers bivy. Climbed Observation and skied a nice run down the center of the headwall and a couple small runs on nearby snowfields the first day. I was pleasantly surprised that the sun cups were very small still on the Flett headwall. That being said, it was still chattery and bumpy at 5pm. Probably one of the last few days for getting the headwall before it gets too out of commission. Everything else was buttery though, unlike the Muir Mortar Field.
Day 2: Got more runs in, but only on the main “playfields”. Beautiful night catching glimpses of the fading Perseid meteor shower. Stayed to enjoy camp a bit and then headed out. Not a soul in sight on the big day, saw and passed a few snow seekers on my way out the next day.
Had a visitor during the night, but can’t place the tracks - about 3.5-4” across, 1.5-2 ft. between tracks. Five toes present and earlier in the day (when I SHOULD have taken a pic) you could make out claw marks. Ruled out bear because no hind foot markings and the walking pattern was not right.
*Edit: After going over photos of tracks, despite that fifth toe, I’m guessing cougar? The pad was too small for anything else...
*Edit 2: Forgot to mention - the lower Russell looked okay, but Upon inspection from the crossover above Echo, upper Russell and the Headwall are out...at least for me they were.