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Wolverine Cirque, Saturday, June 9

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A few of us (you never know how many until the time comes) are going to do a little ski outing this Saturday morning. Anybody want to come along?

We'll be meeting at the parking lot at the base of the Millicent chair at Brighton at 8:00am. We'll then hike up (hiking shoes) the road to Twin Lakes and then bushwhack on up into the big flat area at the base of Wolverine Cirque. From there, we'll boot up Granny's Chute or possibly any others that have snow cover and ski back down to the flat.

The trip from parking lot to the flat takes an average of a little under two hours. Booting up one of the chutes from there is probably about 20 minutes per lap. The skiing *might* be about 700 vertical feet, but that's just a guess. Skins aren't required and a lot of people will just bring regular alpine gear. Avalanche gear or beacons are also not required this time of year. You would need a pack capable of carrying skis/boots/extra jacket/water/beer/lunch, etc.

The hiking from the lake up to the base of Wolverine is fairly steep over a boulder field. My friend who lives in the neighborhood *thinks* there might be snow cover all the way down from Wolverine to the lake, but he's not sure. It would be great if there is because skiing down to the lake would be greatly preferred to boulder-hopping back down.

Assuming a sunny day on Saturday, the snow conditions will probably be a supportable but sun-softened surface with mild sun cups or runnels. We've done this trip several times in the past and it's been really fun. The flat at the base of the Cirque makes a great place to stow beer in the snow and hang out between laps.

Here's a photo of what the cirque looks like during the winter (from website: http://graphics.cs.ucdavis.edu/~lefo...y/ski/romans1/). Granny's is the largish one that's a little right of the left-hand edge of the photo:



And here's one of me in the next chute to the right a few summers ago:

post #2 of 7
damn, that look pretty sweet.

i've been vicariously getting my jones satiated reading TRs over at TGR from some local SF cats who have been hitting up the Cascades, as well as some Canuck folks hitting stuff up across the border.

wish i lived closer to Utah to take advantage of this.

have a blast and post a TR to stoke the rest of us sitting at home and going through the snow DTs!
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We should be there....
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Looking good!!
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Hi Bob- I wish I could join you! I caught closing day at the Basin on Sunday (32 months of TAY!), and am hoping to bag either James Peak (Starlight Couloir) or Toll Mt soon, but that will depend on partners, conditions, and my wife's plans for me! If we find a cheap fare to Seattle I expect some Cascade summer climbing and turns in July or August.

Have a great time- the cirque looks great!

David
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Beacons?

Bob, it looks like you might need some of that avi gear after all. Wish I could join in. Have fun and be careful.
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Originally Posted by Bill Emmett View Post
Bob, it looks like you might need some of that avi gear after all. Wish I could join in. Have fun and be careful.
totally agree after seeing gunsight slide yesterday at alta. There is ALOT of new snow up there. The positives is that there is much better coverage and we will be able to skin from the base now. Negatives is that its no longer isothermic and it can(probably wont) slide.

cant wait for a fun day tomorrow never been up to tour in BCC so this will be new to me. the J-teamwil be rocking tomorrow.
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