telemark skiingbackcountry skiingPacific NorthwestWashington and Oregonweather linksThe Yuki AwardsMt. Rainier and Mt. Adams
Turns All Year
www.turns-all-year.com
  Help | Search | Login | Register
Turns All Year Trip Reports
Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
11/24/17, 11:27 PM

Become a TAY Sponsor!
 
Trip Reports Sponsor
American Alpine Institute
American Alpine Institute
Turns All Year Trip Reports
(1) Viewing these pages constitutes your acceptance of the Terms of Use.
(2) Disclaimer: the accuracy of information here is unknown, use at your own risk.
(3) Trip Report monthly boards: only actual trip report starts a new thread.
(4) Keep it civil and constructive - that is the norm here.
 
FOAC Snow
Info Exchange


NWAC Avalanche
Forecast
+  Turns All Year Trip Reports
|-+  2014 Backcountry Trip Reports
| |-+  April 2014 Backcountry Trip Reports
| | |-+  April 26, 2014, Axis Peak
:
« previous next »
Pages: [1] | Go Down Print
Author Topic: April 26, 2014, Axis Peak  (Read 3153 times)
Pete_H
Member
Offline

Posts: 263


April 26, 2014, Axis Peak
« on: 04/27/14, 12:40 PM »

Hoofed up the completely dry 8-mile road (we forgot bolt cutters) nearly to Eightmile Lake before donning skis.  Planned to ski the Northeast Couloir but skepticism pervaded due to the less than robust snowpack and firm conditions.

However as we gained the col (this route requires one to ascend to an obvious col to the lookers left of the peak then wrap around on the south side and drop in from the top), the firm snow and debris became boot deep powder at around 6500. Good corn on the south side and easy skinning led to the summit.

After dropping in on the line, my partner, P.M., made a few hesitant jump turns and quickly set off a fast moving but deep soft slab, which shot straight down and over a cliff to the skiers left of the choke point.

We quickly decided that if there were more pockets of instability on the route, as there probably were, it would be prudent to climb out of the couloir with our tail between our legs and descend the way we had come up.

This was a nice ski line though with about 500 vf of nice corn to about 500 vf of pow to hardpack to corn again.

Snowpack in the Enchantments is definitely funky right now. Coverage isn't very good but north faces above 6000 still holding pow, albeit with some faceted layers in spots.

Fun day in the mountains, with weather that turned out nicer than we thought it would and although we didn't ski the line we had intended, still skied off a summit and had some good turns and a good adventure.

Link to Mr. Plotz's TR of skiing Axis with a bit better mid-April snowpack:
http://www.justgetout.net/Wenatchee/23363


* Axis_Peak_April_14_01.jpg (123.75 KB, 794x596 - viewed 917 times.)

* Axis_Peak_April_14_02.jpg (71.3 KB, 794x596 - viewed 908 times.)

* Axis_Peak_April_14_04.jpg (116.25 KB, 794x596 - viewed 909 times.)
Logged
kevino
Member
Offline

Posts: 173


Re: April 26, 2014, Axis Peak
« Reply #1 on: 04/27/14, 03:23 PM »

Nice Pete. That is a fun area.

Hope that gate opens up soon before I move.
Logged
Sol Wertkin
5Member
Offline

Posts: 19


Re: April 26, 2014, Axis Peak
« Reply #2 on: 04/27/14, 03:47 PM »

Nice man. I was trying to ride the  NE face of 8 mile on the 25th but a string of bailing ski partners forced me to go climbing.
Logged
hedonaut
Member
Offline

Posts: 184


Re: April 26, 2014, Axis Peak
« Reply #3 on: 04/27/14, 04:15 PM »

Right on Pete, sounds like a rational, enjoyable venture.  That's an attractive line--next time.
Logged
David_Coleman
Member
Offline

Posts: 379


Re: April 26, 2014, Axis Peak
« Reply #4 on: 04/30/14, 02:47 PM »

No bolt cutters needed....yet Smiley
Logged
PhilH
Member
Offline

Posts: 132


Re: April 26, 2014, Axis Peak
« Reply #5 on: 04/30/14, 03:46 PM »

Not to pile on, but I heard Backcountry.com is having a sale on bolt cutters. The new light-weight 'ski mountaineering' model. Smiley
Logged
jwplotz
Member
Offline

Posts: 418


Re: April 26, 2014, Axis Peak
« Reply #6 on: 04/30/14, 10:12 PM »

Man the snow looks so good in that last photo.  The ski back down the gully is a great consolation.
Logged
tabski
Member
Offline

Posts: 246


Re: April 26, 2014, Axis Peak
« Reply #7 on: 05/01/14, 06:33 AM »

Nice one, Pete!

That road's not so bad. The next ten miles, however...

Dreams of hwy 20 dance in my head.
Logged
Pages: [1] | Go Up Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  



Login with username, password and session length

Thank you to our sponsors!
click to visit our sponsor: Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends
click to visit our sponsor: Marmot Mountain Works
Marmot Mountain Works
click to visit our sponsor: Second Ascent
Second Ascent
click to visit our sponsor: American Alpine Institute
American Alpine Institute
click to visit our sponsor: Pro Guiding Service
Pro Guiding Service
Contact turns-all-year.com

Turns All Year Trip Reports ©2001-2010 Turns All Year LLC. All Rights Reserved

The opinions expressed in posts are those of the poster and do not necessarily
reflect the opinions of Trip Reports administrators or Turns All Year LLC


Turns All Year Trip Reports | Powered by SMF 1.0.6.
© 2001-2005, Lewis Media. All Rights Reserved.