Sunday May 10, 2009
For my last day of the season I thought I would keep it short and sweet and tick off a nice aesthetic line, the Chute Out.
As I was heading back down the road from skiing White Mtn on Saturday, I noticed three skiers climbing up the chute at the ripe time of 2:30pm. Hmmm, seemed kind of questionable to me. I know the chute only gets afternoon sun, but still -- if anything, they must be leaving a nice bootpack behind. Let's just hope they didn't mash up the chute proper on the way down.
Here's an early afternoon shot of the bowl and the line in full sun:
And here's a close-up from about 10am.
The sun doesn't hit the main part of the chute until noon. I timed it so that I was headed up it while the climber's left side was still mostly shade, which provided some relief from the pounding sun and better climbing conditions.
approaching the base of the couloir:
the thing about the ellery bowl is its deceptive scale and perspective. It looks so compact and small, but it's pretty freaking large. You think, "it'll take me 10 minutes to make it to that rock," and then 20 minutes later you're still halfway there but you look back and the cars on the road look like specks.
climbing up the couloir was basically simple and straightforward, given the mostly well established bootpack from the previous day, though the sharp things on my feet and the pointy metal thingee in my hand were great aids and always reassuring.
Topped out around 12:30. Kickin' it on the plateau, waiting a few more minutes for the sun to give the chute that perfect kiss:
Dropped in at 1:00. The turns down were sierra springtime steep skiing perfection. Thumbs up to a fun line and good season: