|Buck's North ridge. I climbed and skied the snow |
immediately looker's left of the sun/shade ridge.
|Steep(er than it looks) skin track on the North face of Buck.|
|Summit view from Buck, looking to Southeast face of Holland peak.|
Note the large glide cracks, which had expanded significantly in the past week.
|The view way back up to the summit of Buck during a sit-down lunch break.|
|Ski tracks from the first run - I climbed the high point in the background.|
It is a fine ski line - much better than it looks in the picture.
|Looking down the third run and north across Upper Rumble lake.|
|Looking south along the Upper Rumble lake basin with Buck poking out in the background.|
I took this run down to the lake on the lower right.
|Fun exposed skinning to the fourth run.|
|... And a huge open face to top it all off at the end of the day.|
I have now hit many of the skiing hilights around Holland peak. A few notable objectives remain, however, including the Northeast ramps on Holland peak, a pair of north chutes into the main fork of Rumble creek, and three more ski lines on Buck (direct North face, Northeast face, and Southeast face). Some day I should also investigate a direct ski out to the trail via Rumble Creek. So much to do in this corner of the Swans.
I would not be surprised if this was a first ski descent of Buck Mountain, but Kalispell/Whitefish people have beein skiing extensively in the Swans for years, so I hesitate to make any claims.
|The route - I suppose this is what "skiing by intuition" looks like.|
Stats were 11,100 vertical feet, done in 11 hours. I took heavy(ish) skis and boots and a full steep snow kit (crampons, axe, whippet, helmet, etc) in order to be solid on the exposed North face of Buck.