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May 08 2011

Mt Helen 13,164′ South Bowl – Pacific Peak 13,950′ Hawaii Couloirs 5/7/2011

Published by at 9:04 PM under 13ers,Colorado,Skiing Trip Reports

Finally the weather is letting me get some peaks done. After a very snowy April things are starting to turn more spring-like. The snow pack is still transitioning but after a few nice high pressure days we figured we’d give it a go on a bigger line. We assembled our rather large group of 5 at the Spruce Creek trailhead and headed up the East Face of Helen. We made decent time and prepared to drop in. The face was a bit cooked by the time we got it as there were numerous sluffs off our skis. Temps have been a bit high at night lately. Still in transition, but by following good travel procedures we made it down safely. It’s a handsome line. Nice and steep. It’s so sweet to finally get into some burlier terrain.

After refueling at the bottom we headed up into the Mohawk Lakes Basin and our next target. At upper Mohawk Lake Danny headed out after seeing how far Pacific was and he needed to get some work done on his house. Myself and Joe headed for Pacific and Gary and Darrel headed for Hawaii Chutes.Joe and I headed up the basin to a ramp just past the Hawaii Chutes and booted to the ridge and then on to the summit. 5900 vertical for the day, 2 great skis and a ton of fun. Lots of pics so enjoy.

This morning I met up with Jon Turner and we headed up towards Kite Lake but something is going on with my boots causing some serious pressure at my ankle. The pain was insane. We aborted this morning in hopes of taking care of the problem at the bootfitters in Denver this week. Next up 9 days of skiing starting Thursday. Gonna see just how much I can get done. It should be fun, hopefully the ankle is ready.

The Gully on Helen's East Side

Gary Contemplates the line

Then he rips it

Kicking some sluff

But the sluff was slow

And Gary was FAST

At the bottom of the line you can see wet slide debris from previous days

An island of safety

Darrell's turn

Getting into position




Nice line

Nice getting out with you guys

Always fun

Sluff management skills

Then he hits the afterburners

Joe's turn

He likes skiing in the Tenmile Range

Even though it's not a 14er

Quality is just quality

Large and small

Darrell in the gut


Runnells like Bump Skiing

Danny's turn

Getting his line he's longed for since our 1st trip together

Out in the hot zone

Safe Zone


One of Me Weird. Phot by Joe Brannan


At the apron. Photo Joe Brannan

Darrell at the bottom

Where's Danny?

Having fun I bet

You can take that to the bank

A bit of chunder

Heading for higher places


Stairmaster. Photo by Joe Brannan

At the top of Pacific with a summit ski

Heading for the Hawaii Chutes

Piecing it together

Joe on vacation in Hawaii

Decent snow was had


My turn in the Hawaii Couloirs. Photo Joe Brannan

Frozen ocean???

The views in Hawaii are pretty

Cue Ventures song


Crystal in the background


Interesting snow at the bottom. Photo Joe Brannan

A look back at the tracks

A turn in front of Mt Helen

A good day was had


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