Monday, February 13, 2006

February 10th, 2006: Mystic Equinox Tower Attempt
Spencer Winchester and I decided to see if we could make an attempt on the Equinox Tower this weekend, and the mountains decided we could not. With drop dead gorgeous weather for the day and a full moon at night, we left the trailhead at 5am hoping for good approach conditions. Sadly, we should have left three hours earlier to enable more time to deal with the waist deep mashed potato snow we encountered in the steep forest that guards this alpine gem. After wallowing for three hours, we arrived near the wall feeling deflated and punished, and wrestled with the decision to jump on it or not with the afternoon winding on. We decided to rethink our tactics for our next visit, and settled instead for a training day in the Beartooths with close to 18 miles of terrain covered.


Blogger loren rausch said...

good attempt. I was up the east rosebud last weekend also (trying to ski the Chamonix couloir) but the new snow and super-warm temps were causing wet slides like crazy. Winter in the Beartooths. Enough said!

10:25 AM, February 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there!
Just happened to check out your site and the photos from Feb 10th are amazing. Very cool.

6:39 PM, February 16, 2006  
Blogger Nicholas said...

Loren - thanks. We'll be going after round duex this weekend... despite the cold! Forecast for this weekend is -20 or so when we will be approaching in the night. Chop chop.

Jennifer - thanks for your kind words. Are you from this region? The Beartooths have a way of making photographers look better then they really are. ;-)

9:57 AM, February 17, 2006  

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