I did a quick drive by Lost River Range recon this morning before the next storm rolls in hiding the peaks from inquiring minds. Heather and I were headed to the Super Gully this weekend but after the monumental snow accumulations in the central and southern part of the Range on Monday and Tuesday, i suspected avalanche conditions may be a bit too elevated for us. This combined with another large storm lasting through the weekend.
Although the Super Gully was void of avalanche debris as of 12:30pm this afternoon, it was easy to note with binoculars massive loose snow avalanches on most aspects of the range. Slab avalanches were numerous with many propagating hundreds of yards across, over terrain features, and into completely separate avalanche paths. Needless to say the LRR was VERY active with avalanches today!
Lost River Peak 3.24.10
Lost River Peak 3.23.11
Ridge top winds on 11,308′
Those connoisseurs of technical mixed climbing in the Lost River Range will recognize the southwest face of 11,308′, home of the ephemeral mixed climb called The White Line Couloir. The lookers left bowl below the summit has a large crown fracture visible in the photo. Click on the image for an up close view. If you know where to look, you can see the bottom section of TWLC which should be in fantastic shape in a few weeks!
It’s going to be a good ski season for the LRR!