May 312011
 

Skiing Mount McGowan in the Sawtooth Range of Idaho

As with all skiing tours, the word “adventure” fits wonderfully as a description. Though, I think when Spring rolls around-the word takes on new meaning. Take yesterday for example….

Scott Miller and I headed out of town with Scott opting for a start of 7am instead of the typical pre-sunrise dawn patrol (Scott was sore and wanted some sleep as he had been moving stone the previous few days prepping for a new patio). When we left, I mentioned that I’d always had my eye on Mount McGowan’s central couloir and we decided to give it a go since the road to Stanley Lake was open and the snow line was still low. So, on this tour, the word adventure covers these events: leaving the car just before 9am (way late); crossing the creek was exciting what with wet logs from snow, rain and the dog; finding our way through the marsh and spooking a cow Elk; finding a foot+ of new snow which fell the previous few days; watching wet slides erupt on the opposite South facing slopes; seeing my dog get carried down in a wet slide (she ended up on top as it settled); and making the wise decision to turn around a 1/2 hour from the summit, because, even though the snow we were in was shaded, good, and stable, McGowan has a few slopes above and right of its central couloir which were picking up the sun’s radiation and making the snow unstable; hence the dogs ride.

It was a classic Spring skiing adventure and the bonus of turning around before the summit is that we just want to get up there again that much more!

Skiing Mount McGowan in the Sawtooth Range of Idaho

Skiing Mount McGowan in the Sawtooth Range of Idaho

Skiing Mount McGowan in the Sawtooth Range of Idaho

Skiing Mount McGowan in the Sawtooth Range of Idaho

Skiing Mount McGowan in the Sawtooth Range of Idaho

Skiing Mount McGowan in the Sawtooth Range of Idaho

Skiing Mount McGowan in the Sawtooth Range of Idaho

  One Response to “Skiing :: Mount McGowan :: Sawtooth Range, Idaho”

  1. Yeah! Looks like a sweet line.

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