|Pfeifferhorn, NW Couloir|
Andy Dorais climbing the Pfeif
- Vertical: 11,700 up, 14,475 down
- Time: 13 hrs, 41 minutes
- Redundant Uptracks: up Sliver 2x , up Needle apron/Coalpit ridge 3x
- Raps: 1 on Pfeiff NW, 2 on Montgomery
- Collective Gear: lightweight skinny skis, tech bindings, Whippets, minimalist harnesses, 60 meter 6mm cord, tat, a few nuts, a few pins, and 1 ice tool.
- Conditions: not spring, not what was forecasted, WINDY, variable snow--pow, windboard, ice
- Injuries: 1 scraped knee (Jason's), several frost-nipped and now numb finger tips (mine and Jason's)
- Mood: cynical, sardonic, stoked, exuberant, pissed-off (Coalpit Ridge x 3, skin failure x 5), amazed, frightened, inspired, grateful, beat down, and lifted up.
Going Light = Freedom
|Free: Andy Dorais, Jared Inouye, and Jason Dorais|
Rando racing has had a major effect on my skiing. Nowadays, it's hard for me to clip into my 95mm waisted Manaslus, which weigh 3.8 pounds per foot. It's even hard to clip into my 78mm waisted Trab Free Randos, which weigh 3.1 pounds per foot. I often, even on a powder day, find myself clipping into my 65 mm race skis, which weigh 2.1 pounds per foot. Why? Because going light = going higher and longer with less effort. Because going light allows me to ski routes like the Hulk Hogum. Because going light presents the possibility of one day going big.
|Andy in 4wd|
Being in Hogum Fork is always special. Nearly every side of Hogum is rimmed with spires. In the Wasatch, it may be as good as it gets.
|Is this Snap Dragon? The ramp trending down from top looker's right to lower left is what I now call the "Cham Chute."|
A couple of the lines in the Hulk Hogum required a rope. Getting into Montgomery from the Sliver required a rope, and then we had to rap the cliffs at the mid sections of the Pfeif NW Couloir and Montgomery. The Dorais brothers built the anchors on Montgomery, leaving $30 worth of offerings to the mountain for which they will be blessed, no doubt.
If it's not yet obvious, one of the recurring themes of the day was the Snap Dragon. Where is it? I think my partners were a bit annoyed with my Snap Dragon fixation. Surely, the Cham Chute was a decent substitute, but I would like to find and, one day, ski Snap Dragon. Help, anyone?