Nov 232010
 

Climbing and skiing in Utah: Joe's Valley and Little Cottonwood Canyon.

The stars aligned this past weekend for an adventure in Utah. My good friend, Mike, who lives and works as a nurse in the Cascade Mountain town, Leavenworth, had seven days off and home improvement projects to put off. Another, Jared, was in Park City for an extended business trip as he is one of the most amazing wood working craftsman this side of anywhere. We all were watching as many weather stations and avalanche forecasts as are available online and were pleasantly surprised to find that, not only were the three of us going to descend on the Wasatch, so was a heavy winter storm! Mike and I arrived late Friday and crashed in our rigs in an empty Holladay parking lot we’ve nicknamed, “Le Chateau,” while strong winds brought in the storm.

Upon waking Saturday morning only a few inches had fallen in the Wasatch and Mike & I decided to gamble on Joe’s Valley being warm enough to boulder while Jared finished up some work. Joe’s was good to go and we climbed till the storm picked up its intensity; driving back to SLC in snowy conditions. Sunday the three of us skied a foot+ of fresh in hurricane force winds that often times stopped us in our tracks and nearly blew us over. Sunday, Mike and I met up for a dawn tour with another SLC friend, Joel, and found yet another foot of snow up Little Cottonwood canyon. On both days, avy danger kept us to mellower terrain, but, regardless, it was all smiles for everyone.

Utah is an absolute gem of a place. Going from the red rock canyon of Joe’s Valley to the winter wonderland of Little Cottonwood within a few hours was a treat to the eyes and soul. Here are some pics…

Climbing and skiing in Utah: Joe's Valley and Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Climbing and skiing in Utah: Joe's Valley and Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Climbing and skiing in Utah: Joe's Valley and Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Climbing and skiing in Utah: Joe's Valley and Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Climbing and skiing in Utah: Joe's Valley and Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Climbing and skiing in Utah: Joe's Valley and Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Climbing and skiing in Utah: Joe's Valley and Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Climbing and skiing in Utah: Joe's Valley and Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Climbing and skiing in Utah: Joe's Valley and Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Climbing and skiing in Utah: Joe's Valley and Little Cottonwood Canyon.

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