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    TR:A Dream Come True, Success on Pacific Peak 13,950! 4/19/08

    Well after getting shut down last year I was pretty obsessed with getting up there again as many times as it took to get it done. With a little better planning and a bit of luck I got it done on my second attempt.

    For those not familiar with the line:


    The condition's last year didn't allow for a descent obviously:


    You know I can't exactly explain it but there is some appeal to riding down something that's normaly classified as an alpine ice mountaineering route.
    When the only documentation you can find of any other descent is limited to one trip and only 2 ppl.(MBSC, ISKI) it seems to up the ante a bit.

    I was lined up to go with mostly the same crew as last year but things didn't work out as they went for it on friday when I was working (Damn back stabbers!). As fate and karma would have it things didn't work out for them as then never dropped in to the north couloir due to confusion and uncertianty so they just ended up riding some lines near the couloir.

    This was a god send and made my day so much easier as they broke trail in and a nice boot pack out. We didn't actually take their boot pack up(which acutally never went all the way up to the line anyway).

    Any way back to the pics, The trail on the way up early in the morning:


    So once we reached the base of the peak we followed their trail around to the west flank but my partner got antsy and suggested going up before we reached their boot pack. Mostly it worked out well as I was booting strait up good snow and scree for the most part with 2 axes and cruising. Untill I reached the upper tier near the ridge where snow was variable and steep and the scree was chossy which inevitably slowed the pace substantially. Once past that I was on the ridge and hoping that was the hardest part. I was hoping we had avoided some of the rock steps along the ridge but yet we still had 2 somewhat technical (mixed rock and steep snow) sections ahead. once on the ridge we watched 4 snowmobiles ride right to the base of the peak for the most part, we were envious to say the least. Despite the early start we watched a party of 4 who started after us cruise the south face to the summit as we tediously worked the ridge. I should have known better but I was expecting to follow a nice boot pack instead of making my own.

    Anyway we got to the notch of the couloir and apon inspection I deemed it was good to go. it's funny cause I have been in that notch 2 times now and never stood on the summit! I have never been much of a peak bragger (oops I mean bagger). Besides gives me something to come back for.......

    My partner was a bit suprised about what he got himself into as he had never seen the line before. not to mention there was a 4 foot cornice in the entrance with the rocky steep crux almost immediately after. It was a lot better then when I last saw that choke though. Luckily we brought rope with the anticipation of having to rap through the choke if necessary which made getting over the cornice and into possition to negotiate the crux managable. there is a nice rock mound smack dab in the middle of the notch which was easily looped after chopping a small notch with my axe in the choss pile of rock. I strapped in and lowered myself over the cornice (I might have been able to manage with out the ropes if I had no heavy pack but camera gear, snowshoes food and water all add up).
    The Shots:
    Just after the cornice eyeing up the crux which was not even as wide as my board was long:

    This required squeezing between the rocks directly below me and the wall on my side and making a turn through the slot, just hoping there were no hidden shark fins!
    Making the first turn:

    taking a look down after the first turn and thinking about the rest of this insanely steep tight turning couloir:


    Due to the nature of the line and the snow I was making tight jump turns being cautious mostly untill I knew it was safe to open it up through a section. The main concerns were variable snow and hidden rocks causing one to tumble and pin ball. Luckily the variable wind blown pow was soft enough to edge into(survival skiing comes to mind though somewhat as it wasn't really good pow by any means).
    The rest of my sequence a couple turns lower down:





    My friend david went next and he opted to rap in and put his ski's on at a little mound below the cornice, once strapped in he could not free the rope though. He tried for a long time but no matter what he tried it was in vein. knowing that this is a climbing route and that most likely there will be a few other people going up this couloir this year we hope someone can clean it up, if not I will retrieve it on a later trip back. I told him to atleast throw it up over the top if possible so it won't get burried (next time I will bring some webbing and a leaver biner).
    David rapping in:

    Wondering how he was going to get through, the rocks are just below his skis:


    not sure how he got through, think he went to the other side of the rocks as I could not see him or I wasn't watching cause it was taking a bit. regaurdless he made it :







    David was having a little trouble and somehow his pack opened up and spit my new $600 camera out into the couloir which proceded to come out of it's bag and go rolling a 1000 feet down totally exposed to the elements. So no more pics after that as I had to go chase it down and dry it off. Luckily it only dinged one rock and stopped right next to a wall inches away and the body is strong metal so all was ok once dry.

    The boot pack on the way out was super quick and easy and the only slow part was re kicking steps at the steep convexity at the top of the ridge. I wanted to hit crystals north face on the way out but considering it was getting late and we didn't know the way out we decided to call it good. I want to come back in better snow conditions and get pacific and crystal done next time. Anyway the ride out was uneventfull and involved some nice pow for a while, somehow we managed to ride down some drainages all the way to the creek next to fremont pass and never had to slog at all! All in all an epic day!
    Last edited by forum8fox; 04-20-2008 at 02:26 PM.

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    nice job crossing it off.




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    Congrats on finally getting it done!

    The choke wasn't really skiable when we were there 2 yrs ago. You had to put the fronts of the skis on the rocks and the backs in the snow. If you tried to side-step down any other way, you would be straddling the rocks. I suspect this is how it was for you last year when you ended up bailing. But, Pacific can be rough. Iski and I took 2 attempts to pull it off as well. Hope you enjoyed it! Looks like you did!
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    Sweet! Not a line to give it up easy.

    I tried it once, w/ MTBSC in fact ^^^

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    Sick line. Awesome!

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    Fuck yes. Thats the first peak i ever climbed in colorado. Hooray for me!
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    Nice work! The entrance to that one is awesome. On my list for sure.
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    Great snowboard stoke!
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    Was thinking of doing this Thursday or Friday if anyone is interested.

    Did you hit Crystal as well? I noticed a few tracks on it too.
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    I guess persistence does pay off. Nice TR

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    Nice Job - where is that baby?

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    I enjoyed the hell out of this line for sure, I have to come back for more eventually. I would like to be able to hit it more fluidly, if the conditions allow I would like to str8 line the crux into the gut. I would really like to get crystal and pacific in a day, that was kinda the goal but it just didn't work out.

    The line is in the ten mile range across the valley from tucker mtn at copper(up fremont pass).

    Thanks for all the responses.
    Anyone care to guess how many descents this sucker has seen? less then 20?

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    nicely done! bc slog to kgnarltastic rapping descent. i think its safe to say our state wins for most stokage this week

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    Gnarly line for sure. Way to cross it off the list.

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    This pic is Slayer worthy!


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    Congrats man - sick all the way around

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    hell yes
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    Fuck yes, great.
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    Good work... the picture that skier666 quoted has a sick backround once you realize it's all blurred out from the slough.
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    yea that's my favorite pic of the bunch for sure, he caught me just as I landed a jump turn with all the snow moving close up with the axe and all.
    kinda captures the essence of why I was unsure of hidden rocks, as moving snow flows right over them and makes them real hard to see!

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