As we made our way higher, other massive Lemhi Peaks appeared in the sky around us. Clouds drifted in and out on the breathe of light winds. Thin snow over smooth rock kept our attention in a few sections.
We took turns in the exiting chimney;granting us passage onto a steep ramp-like area. Numb fingers, even with gloves on and frozen noses could not reduce the size of our smiles!
A short leftward traverse above cliffs deposited us onto the northwest ridge of the peak. An easy 20 minutes of uphill work and we soaked up the views from the summit of 10,424′.
A short down climb from the summit to our skis followed by some ridge skiing granted us access to the steep and deep couloir on the west end of the north face. Deep powder turns sluffed into each other and the walls closed in as we descended.
Wade found a hole and did a nice endo over the tips of his skis! Andy and i dug around in the deep snow for about 5 minutes before we located Wade’s rogue ski.
Our final turns down the apron where just as bountiful as our first turns. We traversed and rock skipped our way down into the depths of Long Canyon and returned to the awaiting sleds. Our motley crew arrived mostly unharmed and missing minor amounts of ski base.
Wade S. having fun in the couloir
Wade S. having fun at the bottom of the couloir!
I am happy to finally have some success in Long Canyon. The peak is beautiful, our line was incredible, and my time with Wade, Chuteski, Turbo, Ricardo, and Andy could not have been any better!
I always laugh when i hear people say… “there are no friends on a powder day.”
Why do i laugh you ask? Because, i have friends on powder days!