Still feeling some awkwardness about posting a trip report during the Stay Home era. We’ll see. Maybe I’ll have to delete this if I end up not feeling okay about it.
On Saturday, we saw this killer line from the Esmerelda Basin. I’ve seen it before and always said to myself “I gotta ski that!”, and of course, each time promptly forgot. This time the line registered and we went and did it! This is what it looks like from the Long’s/Ingalls Pass trail:
You’ve probably seen it too. We found three pitches that were all steep and we hit it at the perfect time for today’s snow. I drove out the night before and Jamie showed up at 6am on Tuesday. It was steep enough that we booted a good chunk of it:
We were on top at 9am but opted to walk over the ridge to look into the cirque on the Ingalls side of Iron Peak. It was totally worth the side trip. Here is Jamie skiing toward Stuart on the shoulder of that drainage:
The views from here were awesome.
Here is Dragontail – reminiscent of the John Scurlock photo that inspired me to ski this upper slot:
And here is the north bowl on Fortune from our perch:
The skiing was exhilarating. Here is a series of photos from the ski:
Looking over our shoulder, Jamie noticed a goat on our 5 minutes old tracks:
In the bottom of the drainage that we skied, we found a memorial to three snowmobilers from 2018. All three died on March 3, 2018. I haven’t looked up the incident yet. Here are the plaques that were placed:
Another interesting thing is the trailhead traffic. On Friday afternoon we found maybe 10 cars in the lot. After skiing on Saturday I counted 97. 30 in the lot and the rest spread down the road for at least a mile. On Monday evening, when I pulled in, there was just one other vehicle. A Sienna with a rocket box. I remembered this car from the weekend because I thought it looked like my friend, Dan Peck’s car. I chatted with the owner, a fire behaviorist from Leavenworth who was spending several days in the area to get to know it. Here are contrasting photos from Saturday afternoon and Monday evening:
Of course there was this:
And also some of this.
It really was a great trip.