Climbed the East Ridge with Tim Bester. Great day out, mostly solid rock, short but fun crux (5.6), and fun little snow ridge to summit.
A great day out one of the better views from the top. A long day (longer than it should have been). But a memorable one just the same.
I could have had tons of cool shots of huge avalanches but was never willing to pause. Instead, I chose to make this a marathon ski, feeling somewhat threatened the majority of the time. So the 6.5 hours I took to complete the trip will be a bit fast. On descent, I had little visibility but thanked the cooler temperatures that moved in to hold those cornices. The main obstacle to be avoided at this point was skiing into an ice/snow chunk the size of a boulder due to poor visibility. I also chose to ski through the trees on the way out which is always an event in and of it self for me. Once back to 6500' I could breathe again.
This concern could have been avoided if I had simply chosen colder conditions. The sun and wind was really working over several significant cornices on the upper left flanks of Storm Mountain this particular day. Although I almost exclusively travel solo, it is not a good idea on any of these alpine trips. Cheers!