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December 5, 2013 West Face Rock Mountain
« on: 12/06/13, 11:18 AM »

Trying approach through minimal coverage for the first 1500-2000 vf but was able to skin the whole way. Robust snowpack started about where you gain the southern ridge. Got above the inversion as we got above treeline. Some wind crust at the top but really nice powder turns down the west face getting better and better as we got into the clouds.

Great skiing into the east bowl and down the ridge to where we had to put the skis on the pack and boot down.



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Re: December 5, 2013 West Face Rock Mountain
« Reply #1 on: 12/06/13, 12:30 PM »

Love that first shot!
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Re: December 5, 2013 West Face Rock Mountain
« Reply #2 on: 12/06/13, 01:03 PM »

Where did you park?
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Pete_H
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Re: December 5, 2013 West Face Rock Mountain
« Reply #3 on: 12/06/13, 01:19 PM »

Just across the street from the TH. Shouders of the highway are plowed on both sides.
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Re: December 5, 2013 West Face Rock Mountain
« Reply #4 on: 12/06/13, 02:35 PM »

I'm not sure what you mean by TH? That's probably a stupid question.
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Re: December 5, 2013 West Face Rock Mountain
« Reply #5 on: 12/06/13, 02:40 PM »

Trail Head! I am dumber than I look.
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Re: December 5, 2013 West Face Rock Mountain
« Reply #6 on: 12/06/13, 04:25 PM »

Did you essentially follow the summer trail before you gained the southern ridge? 
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Re: December 5, 2013 West Face Rock Mountain
« Reply #7 on: 12/06/13, 04:49 PM »

And where is the summer trail?
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Pete_H
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Re: December 5, 2013 West Face Rock Mountain
« Reply #8 on: 12/06/13, 08:09 PM »

Did you essentially follow the summer trail before you gained the southern ridge? 

Yes. We were able to skin but at this point, especially after we down-hiked it, its probably easier to boot up.
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Re: December 5, 2013 West Face Rock Mountain
« Reply #9 on: 12/06/13, 09:38 PM »

Nice pictures.
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Re: December 5, 2013 West Face Rock Mountain
« Reply #10 on: 12/07/13, 08:45 AM »

nice photos pete! Looks like a good time
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Re: December 5, 2013 West Face Rock Mountain
« Reply #11 on: 12/07/13, 10:14 AM »

Have to agree on the photos… Nice lighting.  Looks like the snow was fun.
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Re: December 5, 2013 West Face Rock Mountain
« Reply #12 on: 12/08/13, 06:50 AM »

Nice pictures!  What were temperatures like?
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Re: December 5, 2013 West Face Rock Mountain
« Reply #13 on: 12/08/13, 08:48 AM »

Cold. But a bit warmer and more pleasant above the inversion. Minimal wind.
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