Today we encountered fantastic snow conditions in West Porter Fork. The powder was abundant, fast and fun. The snowpack did not give up any signs of instability at all. We still have a few inches of facets down under though and that layer is much lower density than what’s above so we are definitely looking at an upside down snowpack that will require caution for yet a while. However we did stay on terrain well below 35° most of the time and whenever it was steeper it was in reasonably tight trees. The exit is reminiscent of what I can imagine the Trail of Tears would be but still well worth the effort considering this must be one of the very few favored spots right now.
Here are the pictures (click to enlarge):
|Scenic cliff bands on the way up the skin track |
at about 9,000 '
|View into West Porter Fork|
|View into Main Porter Fork|
|Mike in full transition|
|Scott coming down...|
|...and eric too..|
|From left to right: Don, Eric, Mike, and Scott.|
|Mike makes it to an old school first responder|