|Ski tracks on the East face of Blaze Mountain. Photo: John Curry|
The East face of Blaze Mountain is heavily wind loaded and holds acres of thin, intimidating wind slabs. We probably would have turned around had the avalanche danger not been low. But it was, so after a brief discussion of wet slide concerns, we felt OK committing to the line. We traded pulls, with me kicking up the chute and around a few thin steps on foot, and John skinning the upper face, which required many, many switchbacks. We scampered to the true summit amongst extensive mountain goat tracks. After taking a break to enjoy the windless summit, we skied the face with stable powder.
We took another run above Mirror lake before putting in the final ski track out to Beehive basin. We were both tired and relieved to top out on the last climb. From the divide, a quick schuss had us back at the car. Thanks John for such a great day. 7,000+++ vertical feet, done in about 8.5 hours car to car.
|Climbing Blaze Mountain. Photo: John Curry|
|John starting down the East/Hummingbird face.|
|That was fun. We both skied the face in a single push, and John's legs cramped,|
forcing him to straight line the final apron.
|Climbing for our third run. Photo: John Curry|
|John on the last climb|