4-19-10 Skiing Mount Borah

April 20, 2010 at 15:36 | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

On Sunday, Colin, Chris and I made the drive south to the Lost River Range and an attempt on Mount Borah. The forecast was favorable and indeed it turned out so nice. We hit the trail just after seven a.m. and ascended the obvious avy path, gully just above camp. Rejoining the summer trail 3,000′ feet above we negotiated chicken ridge with its mountaineering moves and proceeded onto the final thousand of mixed boot packing in snow and rock climbing on shelfs and talus slopes. The wind was quite calm at the summit, so we enjoyed a lunch, scoping out the north facing potential, and waving the stars and stripes that had been left on the summit. Turns out it was Patriot Day so we did our duty well!

The descent from the summit required skiing through rocks on slim snow patches to the descent gully which was in decent wind scoured shape and at times turning to corn. We hit no ice and enjoyed the full 3,500′ run down to  the trees where we hit isothermic mash that made all travel very difficult and even a bit dangerous as it was impossible to turn, and the skis were sunk below the surface at least a foot. We slogged it out and around the corner ending with a walk across sage flats back to the Eurovan, which by the way is for sale…what a great camping rig!

All in, a fabulous ski day with quite a bit of technical scrambling, lots of vertical relief and aesthetic and difficult lines to ski.

Car Camping at the base of Mount Borah, the Eurovan is for sale!

The approach gully had witnessed a massive slide recently

Panorama!

Low down on the summit ridge, first sunshine of the day

Chicken Out Ridge

The summit and its west facing gullys

After the crux

Mount Borah

Patriot Day

The Summit descent

corn daddy

Yes

the S line

First squeeze

Enough...

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