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VA does Jackson WY 7/11

post #1 of 40
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On my way home from the Gathering of the Tribes outside of Steamboat CO, I stopped at Jackson to ride the tram and look for snow to make some turns on.

I called Bob Peters to see if he'd be available to guide, but alas, he was in the midst of some important business, but he did point me in the right direction.

When I reached the top of the tram (I went up without skis, as I was unsure if I'd even be up to hiking, my legs were sore from toting a mobile kitchen out of the woods over a couple miles of varied terrain) I happened a couple of young men (around 14 or so) who had just hiked the Four Shadows Chute on Cody Peak. They pointed it out to me, and I also saw some other, more easily accessible, options. After walking down toward Cody Peak, I decided to give the closest patch of snow a go, as Bob had suggested. This is Cody from the summit loop. The aforementioned patch is at the far right.



Before getting back on the tram, I went over to Corbet's Couloir to take some pics and stir up some acrophobia. Here's from the North side:



And one from the West:



After fetching my skis, I hiked down to the saddle that connects Cody to the top of Jackson Hole and found some pretty flowers, and so provided the standard artsy nature photo for this TR:



Once I reached the top of the patch of snow, I took my standard mug shot with Cody in the background.



to be continued........
post #2 of 40
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Before I'd reached the top of the intended patch, I decided that it was fully insufficient for my needs, and I began thinking about those kids, "If those kids can ski that Chute, I can too." I was thinking. So I began climbing toward Four Shadows Chute, stopping along the way to capture the gorgeous scenery, here's a hella cool mountain to the NW, ask Bob if you want the name.



The Grand Teton (Big Boob) from around 3/4 up Cody toward the chute:



As I approached the Chute I kept hoping it would prove to not be as steep as it had looked from a distance, no such luck.



By the time I was perched at the tippy top of the chute's snow, I was seriously questioning the wisdom of my choice, I was alone, on a pitch I had no knoweledge of, no one knew I was going there, oh, and it looked like this down the chute:




After finding a balance point in the rising fear of potential calamity, I clicked in, and skied, pretty unsteadily at first (my first turns in a month and a half, and on a 50 degree slope) before settling into a rythm down to the place where it bottlenecks (I side slipped instead of shooting the gap). Looking back up from below it didn't look very steep at all, funny how it can work that way.



I kept looking back at it, a bit surprised at my adventurousness to take it on solo, and noticing the weather changing.



I had moments of real contentment as I was hiking out, it was just so beautiful......



......but a storm was brewing:




As was the case with my last hike for turns, I found myself on a mountain top about to be enveloped in an electrical storm as I walked with steel skis standing above the top of my pack, I said a prayer, and headed for the tram post haste. The tram however was shut down, and would not run again until the storm had passed, two and a half hours later. I got to meet some Jackson Hole employees who told me that the worst thing about working there, is that you kind of don't want to ski anywhere else, after seeing the mountain, I can believe it.

After leaving, a most beautiful rainbow appeared, but even though I got two pictures of it, I managed to erase BOTH of them attempting to make room (yeah, I know, I need a bigger storage card) to get a picture of one of the coolest sunsets I've ever seen, which greeted me as I crossed over Teton pass. After taking a picture of the sunset (which really doesn't come close to doing it justice), I drove off into it.

post #3 of 40
Thanks for letting us 'go with you'. It's absolutely Gorgeous!:

Man, I'm jonesin' for some adventure! Your trip reports always make me wanna get out there. THANK YOU!
post #4 of 40
I always enjoy your TRs, no exception here.
post #5 of 40
Looks like you had a fantastic day, yeah Jackson Hole is a very special ski area, after skiing it this past winter, I will be going back. Nice line, btw everything at JH is steeper than it looks, nice shots of Corbet's
post #6 of 40
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Originally Posted by robruf
Looks like you had a fantastic day, yeah Jackson Hole is a very special ski area, after skiing it this past winter, I will be going back. Nice line, btw everything at JH is steeper than it looks, nice shots of Corbet's
i agree, that looks awesome. I know that i would have wimped out at the top, with hard snow, alone, 50*. Kudos. Ive never skied a 50* even in perfect conditons

im in the same boat, im at work right now trying to make enough to get back out there for storm season
post #7 of 40
VA, you rule! Way to get those July turns. I've seen you on steep and had no doubt about you on the terrain, but I can really identify with the creepy feeling of facing it alone. Thanks again for sharing.
post #8 of 40
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Thanks for the kind words folks. I would mention that I am usually a tremendously sedentary being, and that willingness to do the do is the engine that drives the adventure; from willingness, is fitness born, as a simple consequence. However, I was in pretty good shape for the climb, I'd been camping at 8950 feet in elevation for over two weeks, and exerting myself regularly, so my wind was pretty good (but I did suck it furiously at times anyways).
post #9 of 40
I bow to you. Wow. How was the Gathering of the Tribes?
post #10 of 40
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To increase the thoroughness of my report I will ad the following visual aid and commentary. The red X is where I sat for my picture down the chute, put my boots on, and clicked in. The yellow arrow points to a crevasse that I didn't see until was nearly on top of it, it was at least six feet deep with big rocks within, fortunately, I was skiing very slowly and deliberately for my fist few turns. The green line is the one I skied, I stayed to the skier's right because the slide path of my sluff went towards the left.

When I reached the bottleneck of the chute, I waited for a couple minutes for the sluff to slide through the narrow (3 feet) gap between rocks, the slide carved a groove in the soft but firm snow. Beyond the narrows, the snow was exceedingly suncupped, the cups were so big that it was almost like mogul skiing.
post #11 of 40
Excellent, VA.

How did you like the little scramble up the spine of the ridge? A lot of people feel a little exposed on that spot.

It's great that you did Four Shadows. I didn't really want to try to explain over the phone how to get there because the directions wouldn't have made any sense until you were standing there looking at it.

I'm sorry I wasn't able to get up there with you. As it turns out, my toe probably wouldn't be up to a hike to Four Shadows yet anyway. Come back out this winter and I'll show you around.

Fossil Peak:

post #12 of 40
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Originally Posted by jstraw
I bow to you. Wow. How was the Gathering of the Tribes?
You are too kind. The Gathering was really high for me, my kitchen ran very smoothly and gain a great reputation for tasty food and very strong coffee. I just about fell in love with a beautiful traveler, who I expect I will see again at some unknown time in the future.
post #13 of 40
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters
Excellent, VA.

How did you like the little scramble up the spine of the ridge? A lot of people feel a little exposed on that spot.

It's great that you did Four Shadows. I didn't really want to try to explain over the phone how to get there because the directions wouldn't have made any sense until you were standing there looking at it.

I'm sorry I wasn't able to get up there with you. As it turns out, my toe probably wouldn't be up to a hike to Four Shadows yet anyway. Come back out this winter and I'll show you around.

Fossil Peak:

Yeah, the scramble up the little chimney above that first patch of snow did feel a bit awkward with my heavy skis (188 Chubbs baby! ) and boots on my back, but it was really pretty easy. I'd REALLY love to ski Jackson Hole during the winter, though I don't know how I'd afford it, it's outrageously expensive there, but dang, what a mountain! :
post #14 of 40
Awesome TR, chute looks steep and earning you turns is very very rewarding.
post #15 of 40
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA
Awesome TR, chute looks steep and earning you turns is very very rewarding.
Thanks, I aim to please. I just wish those lines were closer to where I live, I'd be doing it all summer.
post #16 of 40
Any trip report from the Rainbow Gathering? I'd LOVE to see those pictures!
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post #18 of 40
VA, your peace and enthusiasm are inspiring. Your pictures are enticing. You truely have a purpose in this life.(not that you needed me to say that)
post #19 of 40
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Originally Posted by Bonni
Any trip report from the Rainbow Gathering? I'd LOVE to see those pictures!
I thought about bringing the camera, but decided it would be best to leave it in the truck. Many folks at Rainbow don't like to have their picture taken, and are generally uncomfortable when they are around. I thought about taking a picture of my kitchen, which was really a marvel of Rainbow construction, but since their is a family consensus that electronic devices should be left outside of the Gathering, my interest in preserving and image of it took a back seat to my idealism, after all Rainbow is the only place I've found in this world where my tendency toward unrestrained idealism really fits in.

Some folks took pics of me and/or my kitchen, perhaps I'll see them someday, or maybe not, no matter, I had a very high Gathering.
post #20 of 40
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Originally Posted by trekchick
VA, your peace and enthusiasm are inspiring. Your pictures are enticing. You truely have a purpose in this life.(not that you needed me to say that)
Yes, I suppose so, however I lose sight of it often enough; Rainbow for me is a recharge and reset for my spiritual life/ sense of purpose. I work very hard there, and my soul rests itself.
post #21 of 40
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Originally Posted by volantaddict
To increase the thoroughness of my report I will ad the following visual aid and commentary. The red X is where I sat for my picture down the chute, put my boots on, and clicked in. The yellow arrow points to a crevasse that I didn't see until was nearly on top of it, it was at least six feet deep with big rocks within, fortunately, I was skiing very slowly and deliberately for my fist few turns. The green line is the one I skied, I stayed to the skier's right because the slide path of my sluff went towards the left.

When I reached the bottleneck of the chute, I waited for a couple minutes for the sluff to slide through the narrow (3 feet) gap between rocks, the slide carved a groove in the soft but firm snow. Beyond the narrows, the snow was exceedingly suncupped, the cups were so big that it was almost like mogul skiing.
Are there one or more pictures missing from this post?
post #22 of 40
way nice.

thanks, VA.

you know how to add to a summer day.
post #23 of 40
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jstraw
Are there one or more pictures missing from this post?
There were a couple picc of Corbet's I didn't post, but they were too more-of-the-same. If you're wondering about the bottleneck I describe, I see about zooming in on it from one of the original images.

Here you go, the red line is roughly the slide path of my sluff:

post #24 of 40
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Originally Posted by ryan
way nice.

thanks, VA.

you know how to add to a summer day.
Gracias. De nada, I just wish there was some skiable lines close to here.
post #25 of 40
Awesome trip report and great pictures. I wish I was with you.

BTW, Maybe it's the cognac my wife and daughter brought me back from their trip, but I can't find the red x or yellow arrows. What post are they in?
post #26 of 40
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Quote:
Originally Posted by volantaddict
To increase the thoroughness of my report I will ad the following visual aid and commentary. The red X is where I sat for my picture down the chute, put my boots on, and clicked in. The yellow arrow points to a crevasse that I didn't see until was nearly on top of it, it was at least six feet deep with big rocks within, fortunately, I was skiing very slowly and deliberately for my fist few turns. The green line is the one I skied, I stayed to the skier's right because the slide path of my sluff went towards the left.

When I reached the bottleneck of the chute, I waited for a couple minutes for the sluff to slide through the narrow (3 feet) gap between rocks, the slide carved a groove in the soft but firm snow. Beyond the narrows, the snow was exceedingly suncupped, the cups were so big that it was almost like mogul skiing.
Apparently, as pointed out by Ghost, I forgot to post the picture that should have been with this post. Here it is:

post #27 of 40
Here's a shot of what VA would have looked like up near the top of Four Shadows (just below where his yellow arrow points) if someone had been there to take his photo.

This is friend Kara a year ago:

post #28 of 40
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Cool pic Bob. I have become sort of obsessed with looking at pictures of the chute, I really wish I could do it again. I'm using the full resolution original of this shot for my computer desktop. It looks better bigger.



post #29 of 40
I am green with envy.
post #30 of 40
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
I am green with envy.
But how could you be, you have more skis than I do?
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