Headed up Terminal Cancer couloir on a bit of a whim today - one of my favorite ski partners texted me this AM with a mind to checking it out. A little early in the season IMHO, but still worth doing.
Some photos for your enjoyment:
Early season meant some ice and open spots at the bottom, as well as a vicious bushwhack up the apron. Some years that's good skiing. This year it cost us most of an hour both ways.
Spectacular upclimb, with ice in places I've never seen it. Grieg's "In The Hall of the Mountain King" was running through my mind. Helped ease the pain.
Finally at the top, about 2000 feet later.
Ubiquitous ski photo at the top of TC.
Mike at the top.
Mike makes this look easy.
Overall, an excellent day. One of those days where the climbing conditions are good, the skiing conditions not so much... although, honestly, it was far better than the last time I was up there. The top was chalky, turnable powder. The middle and lower sections had corned up yesterday, that was clearly the better day to hit it. Didn't warm up enough today so it was pretty icy, which is intimidating just there.