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Title: Pelton Peak north face, March 30
Post by: eduardo blanchard on 04/07/16, 06:55 PM
On March 30th, Nels Reese, Tom Murphy and myself skied the north face of Pelton Peak, having climbed up the NW gully from the Yawning glacier. A motivating trip 4 days prior to ski on Magic Mt with Eric ‘the Beast’ Noll and a good weather window before the road closed set us up for adventure time on Pelton.

Photo from Feb 2015 with the route. Much more snow now.
[img width=707 height=800]http://www.atmos.washington.edu/~ed/skiing/6X8A6319_edit1_grafitti2.jpg[/img]

The descent follows the main gut falling straight from the summit, and exits skiers right above the bottom cliffs. We dropped in blind, but had a good look at the line from skinning up below it and had some pictures with us taken on the previous Magic trip. The main crux is the left-turn dog leg at the bottom of the top pitch, which could easily not go with any less snow cover.

After a few trips to the Pelton basin, this was my first time climbing Pelton proper. It probably suffers from height-induced neglect given its taller neighbors but... the views it offers are not too shabby. We’d soon find out that the skiing would equal the views.

[img width=800]http://www.atmos.washington.edu/~ed/skiing/IMG_3858.JPG[/img]

On the summit ridge, Magic mountain behind.
(http://www.atmos.washington.edu/~ed/skiing/IMG_3860_small.jpg)

The top part of the face above the crux. Fun snow, fun turns… spicy exposure
[img width=800]http://www.atmos.washington.edu/~ed/skiing/IMG_3863.JPG[/img]

Below the crux (no pics from crux, hands too sweaty) we had some great turns a la scott schmidt, before traversing the hanging snowfield into more great skiing in the exit couloir.

At the end of the traverse into the exit couloir.
(http://www.atmos.washington.edu/~ed/skiing/IMG_3864_small.jpg)

The Hodawg gettin’ some fun turns down the exit apron
(http://www.atmos.washington.edu/~ed/skiing/IMG_3874_small.jpg)

Full shot of the face. Several more possibilities on this face….
[img width=800]http://www.atmos.washington.edu/~ed/skiing/IMG_5419.JPG[/img]


All in all, good snow, great line, superb times. We enjoyed an evening of smoked oysters, fine scotch, William Onyeabor and other treats camped under Pelton & Magic while they bathed in full alpenglow before a warm night and hawt following day scuppered further plans. Things will sadly be a lot different when access becomes possible again but the skiing in this valley is tremendous. Go get sum.


Title: Re: Pelton Peak north face, March 30
Post by: cumulus on 04/07/16, 07:47 PM
cool! looks like you nailed the window (conditions... and road!)

crux was narrow, icy, steep? Definitely spicy!


Title: Re: Pelton Peak north face, March 30
Post by: kuharicm on 04/07/16, 08:21 PM
Please note: this post belongs under March trip reports. Therefore any claims at first descents are disqualified.


Title: Re: Pelton Peak north face, March 30
Post by: kamtron on 04/08/16, 09:12 AM
Nice one, Ed. Takes a good eye to spot that...


Title: Re: Pelton Peak north face, March 30
Post by: swaterfall on 04/09/16, 03:24 PM
Rad!


Title: Re: Pelton Peak north face, March 30
Post by: hedonaut on 04/10/16, 09:17 PM
Yes, cool line!  Have been eyeing that face too; nice work catching it in condition


Title: Re: Pelton Peak north face, March 30
Post by: skykilo on 04/11/16, 08:53 AM
Beautiful.


Title: Re: Pelton Peak north face, March 30
Post by: Oyvind_Henningsen on 04/11/16, 01:32 PM
awesome


Title: Re: Pelton Peak north face, March 30
Post by: shred on 04/11/16, 07:31 PM
Well played!


Title: Re: Pelton Peak north face, March 30
Post by: ryanl on 04/11/16, 10:10 PM
proud line for sure. Congrats


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