>Peak 7279 – Girls Camp Bowl

>Dispite the JH Avalanche forecast as being LOW for Low Elevation terrain, i was skeptical to say the least. Especially after the recent winds and large accumulation during the last week or so. Heather, Chad Sr. and I headed out to check conditions ourselves on Peak 7279 in the Big Hole Mountains. The terrain in question was a run i explored in 1990 to the southwest of the West Pine Creek Girls Camp. There are a few obvoius bowls that given the right coverage, will provide some adventurous skiing. I’ve been calling this main bowl the Girls Camp Bowl.
We skinned up the southeast side of the peak directly above the Pine Creek Pass road to reach the top of the ridge. From this point we skinned northwest to reach the top of the bowl. The bulk of Stouts Mountain shielded us from the brunt of the southwesterly winds and the temps were in the low teens.

Our snow stability tests at the top of the bowl along with the absence of collapsing, whumphing, or cracking on the approach gave us the green light. The snow depth at 7200 ft was approximately 3ft and was void of noticeable facets or crusts.

The upper headwall was steep and deep!

We had to get creative about midway down the run by thrashing left to avoid some thick willows and the obvious terrain trap. The three of us ended up on another steep slope with wide open turns before it dumped us out in the gully and then the bridge directly west of the Girls Camp Lodge. A large bull Moose jumped up and busted his way up the hillside, dragging belly in the deep snow! We crossed the bridge and skinned back to the Pine Creek Road.
What a great trip. Deep snow! A short approach to about 1,200 vertical feet of skiing and a great day spent with Heather and Chad.


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