October's been great so far this year. An early 4' of snow at Wolf Creek, followed by another big storm the week before Halloween. The two major snowfalls left good coverage up high off Independence Pass, and allowed Wolf Creek to open again, with another 22" of powder. And just like that, cliff-hucking season has begun!
For those without the attention span to scroll down, I put some of the photos in the video. Still ironing out problems interfacing with the new helmet (angles and shakycam).
A TGR member had been talking about the conditions up on Indy Pass and rumors of a send-able cliff, so I sent him a PM and we met up at the top of the pass on Friday morning for some fun lines and a good tour through the SW basin, before I headed down to Wolf Creek for the re-opening on Saturday.
Our first destination was this ridgeline.
The cliff, muchos gracias senior for scoping this one out earlier in the week.
We passed up sloppy seconds on this line to head out a bit further.
Passing through the land of giants.
One of 'em must have gotten nasty with a cleaver.
Hiking up to check out the chutes. Unfortunately, the coverage wasn't quite there for it to be worth the turns.
Oh well, the "spine" and an old-snow cornice are a nice consolation prize.
Sending it as big as I could.
Is this what glacier skiing is like? I wouldn't know, I live in Colorado...
Some turns were good...
Others were not...
A good day in the SW basin.
Edited by Brian Lindahl - 11/1/11 at 9:00am