Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring Break 2016


After a weekend of climbing around Flagstaff and a short stint in southern Utah visiting my sister and her family, I headed up to the Salt Lake area for the rest of spring break. I got to see my parents, friends, got some climbing in and skied some sweet backcountry lines. Basically, I crammed a lot of stuff into 4 days.
Wyatt the dog eagerly waiting for some kind of adventure
Wyatt the dog out for a run along the Provo River
Sunset climbing in Little Cottonwood Canyon
Luke cleaning the classic route, "The Coffin" - a 5.9 finger crack
Luke climbing the route 

CARDIFF PASS - Little to Big Cottonwood Traverse

Billie making his way up the ridge towards Cardiff Bowl
Cardiff Bowl
Billie eyeing his line down Cardiff Bowl 
Billie charging down Cardiff Bowl on pretty nice snow
Some of our lines on Cardiff Bowl on the north sides of Mt. Superior
Myself skiing down our second lap - from Superior Ridge 

Myself skiing Cardiff Bowl

 MT. TIMPANOGOS - Timpooneke to Dry Canyon Traverse
North Timp from the winter parking lot
We hiked up the road to the Timpooneke Trailhead where the snow still lingered
After several hours of skinning and boot packing and lots of transitioning between the two, we finally reached the upper plateau where we could keep our skis on for the rest of the day. Here Luke makes his final transition to boot pack on the icy, steep slopes below. 
The view from the Timpanogos Basin; South Timp (left), south col (middle), Mt. Timpanogos main summit (right). From here, we made our way up to the col. 
Luke making his way across the wind-scoured plateau. Sharp peak left of center is North Timp. The broad ridgeline on the left is part of Bomber Peak. 
Luke sidehilling on hard pack, wind scoured snow - not easy conditions to deal with and not somewhere where we wanted to slip. 
Looking up the Timpanogos "Glacier" to the south col of Mt. Timpanogos. We skied down the west face of Timp from the col to our car at Dry Canyon Trailhead. 

Panorama from Timpanogos ridge at South Col

Looking back on some of our creamy turns on the west face of Mt. Timpanogos 

Spring skiing down the west face of Mt. Timpanogos

We got 4,000 ft of skiing, but still had to hike about 2 miles out to Dry Canyon Trailhead where we left a car