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Forest McBrian
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March 23, 2011, Alta Mountain, West Face Couloir
« on: 03/28/11, 10:23 AM »

Last Wednesday I went and explored Alta Mountain on the east side of Gold Creek. Alta is on the north end of Rampart Ridge, and sits across Gold Creek from Alaska Mountain.

We went there hoping to ski a big (2,800') couloir on Alta's west face. Although there were a few cliffy bits where we were forced out of the couloir, the line went. It's quite a ways back there, but really worthwhile.

I put up my usual terse trip report on my blog: www.forestmcbrian.com


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Re: March 23, 2011, Alta Mountain, West Face Couloir
« Reply #1 on: 03/28/11, 10:26 AM »

Sweet!  That's the cherry on top of the Rampart loop sundae that I've been thinking about for a while.  Way to go get it.
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Re: March 23, 2011, Alta Mountain, West Face Couloir
« Reply #2 on: 03/28/11, 11:13 AM »

Awesome work Forest. That's a fine line back there. I actually climbed up and skied the lower portion of this route once, but turned around cause of terrible snow. That's a yummy looking line...always has looked to be.
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Re: March 23, 2011, Alta Mountain, West Face Couloir
« Reply #3 on: 03/28/11, 11:21 AM »

That is quite a sick line.

Nice work Forrest I look forward to hearing about your upcoming adventures.
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Re: March 23, 2011, Alta Mountain, West Face Couloir
« Reply #4 on: 03/28/11, 03:31 PM »

Nice work.  Like Jason, I have also been back there and climbed/skied the lower bit from Gold Creek, but warming temps dissuaded us from completion.  Some free rider should go back there and huck meat.
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Re: March 23, 2011, Alta Mountain, West Face Couloir
« Reply #5 on: 03/28/11, 05:05 PM »

Nice line Forest. Super impressed, too, with your recent trip up Alaska. Lots of respect for trips in less than ideal weather.
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Re: March 23, 2011, Alta Mountain, West Face Couloir
« Reply #6 on: 03/28/11, 05:20 PM »

Really cool report Forest!
Gotta love those coolies.
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Re: March 23, 2011, Alta Mountain, West Face Couloir
« Reply #7 on: 03/28/11, 05:33 PM »

Nice one, FM.  Was that with you, hedonaut?  I remember starting up that line with somebody and bailing due to snow conditions. 
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Re: March 23, 2011, Alta Mountain, West Face Couloir
« Reply #8 on: 03/28/11, 07:30 PM »

Nice!
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Re: March 23, 2011, Alta Mountain, West Face Couloir
« Reply #9 on: 03/28/11, 09:40 PM »

That mountain looks fully of gnarly lines..
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Re: March 23, 2011, Alta Mountain, West Face Couloir
« Reply #10 on: 03/28/11, 10:40 PM »

Absolutely sick.  I'm going to go throw up now.  Wink
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Re: March 23, 2011, Alta Mountain, West Face Couloir
« Reply #11 on: 03/29/11, 02:19 PM »

having been up there for the first time last summer on a day hike .. and now looking at that pic .. all i can say is holy crap batman ..
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Re: March 23, 2011, Alta Mountain, West Face Couloir
« Reply #12 on: 03/30/11, 09:24 AM »

That sure is a long slog... way to get after it.  Looks like an incredible line.
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Re: March 23, 2011, Alta Mountain, West Face Couloir
« Reply #13 on: 03/31/11, 08:57 AM »

SICK!

Too bad Alta doesn't allow snowboarders.. Cry

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Re: March 23, 2011, Alta Mountain, West Face Couloir
« Reply #14 on: 03/31/11, 11:35 AM »


Too bad Alta doesn't allow snowboarders.. Cry



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