Moon Crescent Couloir with Smally – 4/29/05
Moon Crescent Couloir…Finally!
I have driven passed this damn couloir thousands of times since I was a young lad. Learning how to fish at Caples and Blue Lakes respectively, it has always been glaring at me with its evil eye. With about a foot of new, nice, buttery pow, along with a solid base, today we would be atop that bitchâ€¦â€¦â€¦..finally.
The players included myself, Tyrone, Telenater, Slim, and a desperate kiwi named Smally. We departed South Lake at 7:15 am and meet Tyrone at the Meyers Chevron (where Supreme is $3.19/gal). With some donuts, super size Viennese blend, and drumâ€™nâ€™bass bumpinâ€™, we departed to Carson Pass, home of Round Top peak, Elephantâ€™s Back, Red Leak Peak, the Pacific Crest Trail, just due East of Kirkwoodâ€™s backside.
Music: Dkay feat Kasra – ‘Babylon’
The parking lotâ€¦.stoked!
A nice romantic skin through the trees:
A nice prairie with the first unobstructed look of the victim â€“ Round Top peak, home of the Crescent Couloir.
Smally skinning like its a competition:
Chutes off of Round Top above Winnemucca Lakeâ€
The terrain just above the lake:
Yet another angle:
Lovers – Tyrone and Smally proposing in front of the Crescent:
Tyrone and I wished we had a gun to shoot each other in the head to end our misery by deciding to hike the ridgeline. My skins failed to cover my skinny skis, and Tyâ€™s knee didnâ€™t like the steeper skinning ascent, so we figured weâ€™d hike the â€œrockyâ€ ridgline. Needless to say, hell ensued. Knee deep wind-drifts took off some extra calories from the cookies I ate during Xmas.
Niner’s…team of the 80’s:
Telenater GPS’ing every step for later research:
Slim displaying his colors while waiting for Sean Penn to drive by (cue old school Ice-T music now)
Smally ran up to the top to take a few turns while we were only half way:
…grinning with boredom:
View of Round Top Ridge:
The views to the South:
Close-up, trying to find Waldo skiing sickter lines:
666 on his way to the summit:
One of the lines skier’s right from the Summit…mmmmmmmm:
Smally pissed off that I made him go up here:
Smally wondering if it cliff’s out:
Smally getting â€œsome of his best turns while he’s been in the Statesâ€
666 finally in the Crescent…with first tracks:
…and his gaper markings:
Smally eye’ing some exposure:
…creating a nice waterfall…
…loving every minute of it…
Tyrone goes for the same burl, no mistakes line…..thr knee looks bad to me :
…wait a minute, he seems to be skiing fine….
…oops a roadblock….I guess I’ll have to jump it…with my bad knee
….dust on crust?
Smally up to his usual antics…airing over exposure:
View from the botttom:
Smally yells to me and says jump this:
I couldn’t really tell what I was jumping into, but I trusted a kiwi…for the first time:
So I did…and then my camera died:
CRESCENT FACE KILLED!!!!