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Cross
June 26th, 2010, 12:09 PM
It has been too hot working outside the last few days, so I decided to go make some turns after work.

Left the house at 5:30pm not knowing how far up into the basin I would make it. The drive up to Montezuma basin is almost free of snow. You can't make it to the upper parking lot yet. There is also a rock/mud slide blocking the road just short of the parking lot now. I was able to get within a 10 minute hike of the lot. I looked at where I could go and gave myself a mandatory turn around of 8:15pm

I have skied the basin a lot so I decided to go after a line I have yet to do top to bottom. I always seem to start about a 1/3 of the way down.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b248/DH_Corky/line-1.jpg
I took this picture from where I parked.

Malemute peak looked great in the setting sun.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b248/DH_Corky/malamute.jpg


The climb was fairly straight forward except the last part. I had to negotiate some scree fields and traverse one snow band. I could not find my regular poles so I took my whippet along thinking I really did not need it today. It was nice to have traversing the one snow band.

At the top looking down.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b248/DH_Corky/top.jpg

The snow had setup nicely. It made for a good firm surface to ski on. The snow kept me on my toes on the top pitch if you fell you were going to slide into rocks. The first choke at the top the snow went to shit. There was a thin crust that you broke through just enough for your skis to catch under the crust. Once past the choke things firmed up again.

The snow was firm enough I barely left any tracks.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b248/DH_Corky/tracks-2.jpg
The white snow in the choke was the worst snow of the line.

Greeted at the bottom by a full moon.
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b248/DH_Corky/fullmoon.jpg

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b248/DH_Corky/Jeepandmoon.jpg

I think I prefer ending the trip in the dark vs getting up early and starting in the dark.

View from the top
http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b248/DH_Corky/panorama.jpg

_CJ
June 28th, 2010, 06:44 AM
Nice pics. Pretty ballsy hitting that solo, and so late in the day. Looks like some serious exposure from the top. Do you carry an ice axe or something to self arrest?

ArloGuthroJeep
June 28th, 2010, 10:45 AM
Nice pics. Pretty ballsy hitting that solo, and so late in the day. Looks like some serious exposure from the top. Do you carry an ice axe or something to self arrest?

He had a whipit;)

Cross
July 3rd, 2010, 05:38 PM
The whippet is a handy little thing.

I would not consider hitting this up late in the day ballsy at all. Just went on a short hike(under an hour) and got some skiing in.