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June 9th, 2013, Vesper Peak
« on: 06/09/13, 09:01 PM »

Went in to Climb Vesper Peak with my friends Scott and Kevin. They had a nice summit, but sticky, slow snow. I made some poor equipment choices and with time constraints, wasn't able to ski the upper mountain. The traverse between Headlee and Vesper has been getting backed by the sun, and if you try to boot pack instead of ski you will punch through and may see scree 8' down. If you then put your snowshoes on, the traverse will be too steep and soft to go anywhere!  Alpine skis without skins was the only unattractive alternative.

On the way up we followed a boot pack up the gully just to the north of Headlee. There was a small cornice at the top that necessitated some shenanigans on rock and heather. On the way down, we descended  Headlee which was more straight forward. Attached is a short video of this semi - steep, nice little chute. The first chute would have been fine to ski as well.  (Lots of rockfall near the toe of each chute) The skiing to the end of the snow was better than it looked. The bad creek crossing wasn't too bad - but called for caution. (Crossing the river on a slippery log in ski boots is not advised.)  We hiked in dirt and rock for over an hour before reaching snow.

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Re: June 9th, 2013, Vesper Peak
« Reply #1 on: 06/10/13, 04:44 PM »

There's still plenty of skiing to be had.

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Re: June 9th, 2013, Vesper Peak
« Reply #2 on: 06/10/13, 07:03 PM »

I love the second picture of the basin. I bet that place holds the snow forever.
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Re: June 9th, 2013, Vesper Peak
« Reply #3 on: 06/12/13, 12:10 AM »

I second that!!!! Cheesy The little chute off of Headlee is super fun to ski. Best turns of the day by far. Def would like to get back that way again soon. Several other cools lines up there too.

I was also up there this past Sunday with a large group of 10 others + 4 dogs.


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Re: June 9th, 2013, Vesper Peak
« Reply #4 on: 06/12/13, 08:14 AM »

I second that!!!! Cheesy The little chute off of Headlee is super fun to ski. Best turns of the day by far. Def would like to get back that way again soon. Several other cools lines up there too.

I was also up there this past Sunday with a large group of 10 others + 4 dogs.



You had a better looking group than me!
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Re: June 9th, 2013, Vesper Peak
« Reply #5 on: 06/12/13, 01:18 PM »

Looks fun Elliott et al!
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Re: June 9th, 2013, Vesper Peak
« Reply #6 on: 06/12/13, 08:49 PM »

I second that!!!! Cheesy The little chute off of Headlee is super fun to ski. Best turns of the day by far. Def would like to get back that way again soon. Several other cools lines up there too.

I was also up there this past Sunday with a large group of 10 others + 4 dogs.

I like the Ice Ax in one hand pole in the other. When I have both poles on steep snow I'm always thinking that if I trip or a step blows out I'm going for a long ride!
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