Friday evening saw us hook up with the Idahosummits.com crew in Hailey for the 2011 Spring Outing. The original plan was to climb North King Mountain in the Lost Rivers, but with the current amount of snow in the camping area and the weather forecast, a command decision by Dan was made to switch to Peak 10941 in the Boulders.
After a leisurely dinner of Thai Food in Hailey, a rough night sleeping on a condo floor and coffee from Hailey Coffee Company we were off at 8:30AM. In attendance were Dan, Margo, Steve, Dave, Alex, Nathan, Jacob, Dylan and I. There were four skiers (Dylan, Nathan, Steve, and me) along with five trudging up in snowshoes.
We started off with snow at the highway in partly cloudy skies. This was the view I had for the entire ski/climb up - every one's rear ends.
The snow conditions going up weren't too bad, a bit icy in spots causing some minor slipping and sliding. Here, Dylan and I take a quick breather.
Once we were above treeline, at approximately 9800 feet the snow conditions as well as the steepness increased. This necessitated Dylan, Steve, and I to remove our skis and trudge up in our ski boots. Nathan, who was so far out of my sight by this time apparently continued to ski his way up to the summit!
|Dylan trudging up|
|The crew above treeline with the summit to the right|
|Yours truly with Galena Peak in the background|
|Nearing the top.|
|heading down to begin skiing|
Once down to the bowl we transitioned to our skis and took off one by one. The snow was OK, not too good and not too bad. About what you could expect in mid afternoon on April 30th. It was tough for Dylan to try tele turns with the mixed bag of conditions, but he fought through it.
|Looking back up at our tracks.|
|A view of the summit|
This turned out to be a fantastic trip, great peak, great weather, and great friends. All told we did close to 7 miles, though half of that was skiing down, and climbed 3800 feet. Can't wait for the fall outing.
Link to Margo's trip report: http://mslasky.blogspot.com/2011/05/85107-peak-10941-idaho-summits-spring.html
Link to Dan's trip report: http://idahosummits.com/trip_reports/trip_report.php?trip_id=45