I know, I know, people want to see some High Sierra skiing, I assure you it will come soon. Just need to get all the pictures together for solid trip reports. This trip was a few years ago when Kyle Steger and I took a few weeks and skied some great lines. Skied the Crazy Couloir, Crazy Peak MT, North Face of Gannet Peak, WY, and the Whitetail Couloir. I think the Whitetail Couloir is the most asthetic line in Montana. It is prob 50-55 deg up top, then mellows to 45 deg for 2000 vert. Ever since I saw the first pics of it in Turiano’s Select Peaks book, I knew I wanted to ski it.
We started the trips into the mountains like we always seem to do, with a shot and a beer at the local pub. This one was in Red Lodge MT, and suprisingly there was a cute girl tending bar, even though it was off season mid april. We started up the rock creek rd not knowing if we could make it to the trailhead, in Kyle’s vintage 1977 Beamer. We made it to a bunch of summer homes about 2 miles from the trailhead.
Since no one seemed to be occuping these homes, we decided to post up for the night underneath a nice covered back deck. Great bivy site.
We started up the road the next morning, to the trailhead, and eventually to a camp at the base of the couloir. It was alot of skis on skis off skinning for the first 4 miles or so, and it even started to dump for a while.
We arrived at camp a liitle later than expected, probably do to additional milage from the trailhead, and the constant skis on and off. We cooked and went to bed.
We started up the couloir at a descent hour, and it proved a formidable opponent. I remember Kyle being a little stronger than me on the way up, the booting was really variable, and hard to develop a hiking rythem.
After a few hours of trading back and forth on bootpacking we were at the top.
We arrived at the top, both of us pretty exhausted from the booter, and decided not to scramble to the summit. The skiing started where we were any way.
We choppped the cornice away a little bit, and Kyle dropped in first.
The skiing was pretty good, but we were pretty tired, just a few turns at a time. We still had a 9 mile out to go.
We arrived back at camp, packed up, and began our long out back to the cute bartender in Red Lodge. This was a great trip, we succeded on bagging this great line, and set our sites on the next adventure. Kyle, lets get after it again.