It’s May 21, 2013.
Destination: Shortcut Couloir, Beehive Basin
Elevation Gain/Loss: +/- 2200 ft.
Distance: 7.0 miles
USGS Quads: Lone Mountain
After a week of rain, it was time for another Beehive Adventure. We started off at the crack of 6. Driving up the spur road it was a bit white. The fog was thick and it was hard to see – luckily no elk on the road. The inversion ended as we cruxed the Beehive Road.
The Beehive Superhighway is quickly melting out. It gets worse when you ski out. Ugh – unsupportable manky nastiness.
Beehive Peak and Cirque in all it’s glory. Due South.
It’s cornice calving season. Check out this large wet slide coming off the East face of Beehive. All from a cornice failure.
Our line of choice for the day. We named it the Shortcut Couloir – a short line on the Prow. We approached straight up the couloir, but there are easier ways to get there.
Digging a pit to get a bit of snow data. What a lovely office.
Good recon on the East Wall of Beehive. Lots of steep, narrow couloirs.
Approaching the Shortcut.
The bootpack begins.
And the right strand of the Y in the Shortcut Couloir. The approach required some 5.4 – 5.5 moves to get to the top.
A very cool couloir on the West Face of Beehive. It’s a bit hidden from any other direction.
Nice shot of the North Couloir on Fan Mountain. Someday…
The entrance to Shortcut Couloir. No rappel. Straight in, but watch the rocks.
Jeremy starting to ride.
The bottom of the Shortcut couloir.
And a few ski shots too.
Then we decided to do a bit of rappel practice. Descending and ascending cliff walls – what a great way to spend a Tuesday.
Click on this one to get the scale of Jeremy vs. the peak. Gotta love Beehive – lots of big lines and long slogs. Jeremy is at 9300 ft and the peak is 10200 – 900 feet of relief. Very cool.