This is a huge line that I’ve looked at for years. It is a solid, consistent 4700 vert. Its big. We approached with bikes from the Taggart Lake trail head at 5 am.
Leigh Lake was still in fine shape as we cruised across, and we soon found ourselves at the base of the huge south east side of Moran.
The gully at the bottom of the Falling Ice Glacier was filled in great as we skinned straight up it. We trended left up a treed slope that led to a small basin near the CMC camp.
Here’s when it became a little slow going. Difficult skinning and booting with 40mph winds slowed us down a bit. It felt like winter.
We kept plodding along and arrived at the Drizzlepuss summit (11,600) in clouds and wind. Views to the south were amazing with the Grand in the distance and the north side of Woodring front and center.
Disappointed that the CMC face was in the clouds we started our descent. The snow varied along the way with the higher elevations being pretty good windblown powder with some breakable to keep you honest.
The mid elevation trees skied well, but the foot of new snow was not consolidated and was affected by the warmth of the sun.
The lower elevation was also affected by the sun, but was smooth and consolidated corny cream cheese. I am really attracted to these huge lines. They feel so big and commiting on the up, as well as the down.