A couple of days on Mt-Macdonald
Yesterday we decided to try and ski the Herdman on Mt-Macdonald. Last year we ended up skiing a line on climbers left that was exciting and unknown, but we had never skied the herdman proper. The herdman is a 4000 + foot run that slams its way from the ridge down to the valley floor.SFD, straight f$#@ing down. A fine line.
We toured up Railroad ridge, the golden side of the pass, which was an easy up that gained us elevation quickly. The tour wrapped up the ridge, past a couple of massive white pines, and deposited us quickly above a 2000 foot treed chute into avalanche creek. The chute was decent but slightly crusty due to the solar aspect of the line.
Up Avalanche creek, under a glacier, where a couple of dramatic ice falls occurred and up to the top of the Herdman. From there we stared 4000 feet straight down. We had great turns in the chute and then some serious wind slammed snow for the middle and a great finish.
The best part of our finish was looking up, way up Mt-Tupper and watching some friends ski a wild line.
Wicked line boys! The chute continues behind the cliff to a high col, chute is call Single Bench. A better photo from Douglas.
And today we attempted the #10 couloir, all was well up the 2700 feet to the choke but from there we had to cross over the gully. Sloughs continually run down this gully, the upper rock faces always drop snow down the chute. I had hoped that the overcast skies would keep the sloughing to a minimum but the snow kept flying past us as we waited. Initially it seemed like a highway that had occasional semi trucks flying past, but then as we waited there was more traffic and some fairly large sloughs flew past us. Staring up I was teased with the possibility but we listened to the mountains and skied home.