2016-2017 was a year of immense opportunity for CA backcountry skiers. While I feel that I didn’t fully capitalize, the tick list from the year is one I’m proud of and is a good base to build on as I challenge myself to go further to find unique skiing and mountaineering experiences.
Long drives, short nights of sleep in my little Impreza, brutal hikes with pre-dawn starts, and moments of frustration all added up to a few short moments of elation that are priceless. Thank you to all my friends that helped push me and support me through it all!
Winter Peaks (summit for some, skied from highest skiable point on others):
- Mt. Whitney 14, 509’ (via Mountaineers Route)
- Norman Clyde Peak 13,861’ (via North Couloir)
- Mt. Tom 13,800’ (via Elderberry Headwall/Canyon)
- Red Slate Mountain 13,500’ (via the North Couloir)
- Mt. Dana 13,061’ (via the ridge trail)
- Bloody Mountain 12,500’ (via the North Couloir)
- Mt. Morrison N. 12,268’ (via the East Face)
- Black Mountain 11,797’ (via the North Face)
- Dana Plateau 11,684’ (via Third Pillar Chute)
- Pika Peak 11,500’ (via the North Couloir)
- Mini Morrison 11,100’ (via Old Man’s Bowl)
- Solitude Peak 10,550’ (via Solitude Canyon)
- Mt. Baldy 10.069’ (via Baldy Bowl)
- And some others!