The Last Rodeo

In the middle of June conditions start to deteriorate pretty quickly around the state. The snow becomes sun-cupped and water runoff begins to form runnels on the snow surface. 3am wake-ups were beginning to take a toll on me and my motivation. Our neighbor Cassidy, however, just got a touring setup and that sparked our interest of getting back out one last time. We decided to head up Quandary’s North Face and found surprisingly smooth snow. Besides the disturbing McDonald’s breakfast I had, I couldn’t have asked for a better last day before hanging up the boots.

We had many beers the night before, and to prevent bailing we decided to give ourselves tattoos.

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Got to the trailhead a little later than we wanted to, oh well! We calls em like we sees em and we don’t tolerate nerds.

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Our original plan was to ski the chute pictured below between Marc and Cassidy, but it turned out to be in pretty bad condition. Our new plan was to just keep hiking until we found something that wasn’t in bad condition.

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McCullough Gulch

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Atlantic Peak and the V Couloir, looking fat.

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Back to the car.

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Bald Mountain was still holding some nice looking ramps…

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