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This is the 3rd "snow cache" winter trip to Yellow Aster Butte. We placed gear there in the fall, came in, dug it out, and had a comfortable 4 days of camping and skiing.
Stephen made a movie of the whole trip. It's long so I just provide a download link. Very professional. More photos of this trip in Stephen's gallery.
Previous trips were in 2003 (no cache) and 2007 (snow cache).
|Marie and Steve climbing through the forest.||Richard toping out in the alpine|
|Uptracks are beautiful things||Richard looking for the bag we air dropped two days earlier. A foot of snow does a good job of hiding things.|
|Digging for the cache placed last fall. At this point it was looking a little grim: couldn't find the dropped bag and we had reached the ground with no sign of cached gear.||View Media (movie)||Digging for the cache.|
|Andrew and Serge arrived later due to gear complications in the morning.||Using photos taken after the drop I was able to direct Andrew to the dropped bag.|
|View Media (movie)||Andrew with the bag||View Media (movie)||Tom digging for gear. We were 5 ft to one side of where the gear actual was.|
|We decided to take a run first thing before the sun and warm weather glopped up the fine powder.|
|Richard and I climbed to the top of the small peak above us to ski it's back side.||Other folks went around to a nice gully we skied the year before.|
|Our runs in the basin on the north side.||Nice run through trees lower down.|
|Climbing back up to do it all over again.|
|Climbing out of the north side to return to camp|
|Meanwhile the other group was enjoying powerdy runs down a broad ridge.||Steven on the uptrack.|
|Evening in camp.|
Due to the sun and warm weather all the south facing slopes were either mush or ice crust. Andrew and I climbed over the top to the north side while other's toured around the side. We found the snow on the north side was still excellent.
|Morning light.||Marie and Steve getting ready to bake blue berry muffins|
|More nice runs on the back side.||Richard and Andrew at the base of the trees.|
|Andrew heading home.|
|View Media (movie)||Richard on the bottom of what he declared was the best line he's ever skied.||Fully utilized.|
|Difficult skiing on the sun warmed snow.||View Media (movie)||Difficult hiking through the soft snow in a clear cut.|
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