3-13-2011 Grey Wolf Peak

March 14, 2011 at 18:41 | Posted in Backcountry skiing the Missions | 4 Comments

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photos courtesy of Ben Brunsvold and Colin Chisholm

Colin, Brian, Ben and I made the grunt up to the shoulder of East St. Mary’s in the Missions for the spectacular view and mild descent to the west face of Grey Wolf Peak. With blue skies, light winds, and stable conditions we bootpacked the west couloir with Colin and Brian taking the lead. The col enjoys a nice aspect and it was sunny and still with plenty of room for the four of us to rip skins and get ready for a descent. But where to? With the east couloir beckoning strongly to me, I dropped in and enjoyed good skiing on warmed up, firm, old powder. Watching the others descend was quite enjoyable and we shared a quick lunch before taking off to bootpack the east couloir back to the col and descend the west couloir which was in good, firm, old powder condition as well. We noted a few old tracks in the run and wondered who had been there recently. Brian and Colin reascended the next couloir south of the main west to its rocky endpoint while Ben and I headed up out and over the shoulder of East St. Mary’s and back down the approach ridge for the final 4500′ descent! What a great 10,000 vertical day  in a special place with good people and partners.


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  1. Nice day. Pretty sweet you guys hit one of the few sunny days we’ve had. I need to get up there one of these days. I ran into Ben yesterday and he let me know about this post. Keep it up!

    • Wow was it ever a nice day up there. Should be plenty of snow on Grey wolf for months still. Thanks for the positive post!

  2. No spirt prayer flags in Indian Country? I thought ya’ll were core?

    • Sorry not sure how to take this comment!

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