Saturday, May 23, 2009

Targhee to Jenny Lake

Targhee to Jenny Lake

Awesome Skate Ski Mountaineering Tour, completed 090522 in 7 hours flat. 13.3 miles. Near-perfect corn conditions prevailed, including smooth(ish) snow, mostly suncup free, that did not get punchy with sun-warming. Perhaps most remarkable of all is that snow cover allowed skiing all the way to below Hidden Falls, 1/4 mile from the boat dock. Git out there!'s not too late!

Sunrise from Mary's Nipple

Backside of Targhee

Grand Teton and North Teton Canyon from Mary's

South Teton Canyon

Ridge leading toward the Teton Crest from Targhee

Beard's Wheatfield

Pillow cornice I cut below to get out onto the slope. I traversed solid corn all the way to the next ridge line...

On the way to South Leigh Lakes - great skating up here....
North Teton Canyon headwall - one of them anyway...

Sun-glaze on the snow. Great, smooth, edge-able corn...

Teton Crest Cornice

Peterson Glacier area, looking into Cascade Canyon from the crest

Maidenform Peak and the Teton Crest

Mt. Moran

The Skate Ski Mountaineering quiver

The summit ridge to the un-named peak 10,855...

The gully from the top of 10,855. Can you see the tracks? A first descent? This remote peak is a long way to come with heavy gear, and a lot of flat skiing to get back from, making light gear in the right conditions a prime choice....

Here's the photo that inspired this route. It's been my desktop wall paper since I took it in June from the top of the Enclosure a few years back. You can see the hanging basin with the two lakes and the steep, slabby rock - now snow covered - leading down into Cascade Canyon.

Near-perfect corn and 2000 feet to go!

Be sure to turn right before the cliff-band!

...and cut over to more primo corn... the slalom trees... an awesome snow-bridge...

...and an awesome view of 'little Yosemite.'

Three miles later, the snowpack is still thick by the rushing waters of Cascade Canyon.

Made it!...7 hours after leaving Targhee.

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