Shortcut Couloir – Beehive Basin

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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.

A bit of early morning inversion
A bit of early morning inversion

 

The Beehive Superhighway is quickly melting out. It gets worse when you ski out. Ugh – unsupportable manky nastiness.

Beehive Superhighway
Beehive Superhighway

 

Beehive Peak and Cirque in all it’s glory. Due South.

Beehive Peak
Beehive Peak

 

It’s cornice calving season. Check out this large wet slide coming off the East face of Beehive. All from a cornice failure.

Cornice Calving Season
Cornice Calving Season

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.

A New Line In Beehive - The Shortcut
A New Line In Beehive – The Shortcut

Digging a pit to get a bit of snow data. What a lovely office.

Digging pits
Digging pits

Good recon on the East Wall of Beehive. Lots of steep, narrow couloirs.

Tons of fun lines
Tons of fun lines

Approaching the Shortcut.

A steep skin
A steep skin

The bootpack begins.

And the bootpack begins
And 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.

The Right side of line, about to begin rock climbing
The Right side of line, about to begin rock climbing

 

A very cool couloir on the West Face of Beehive. It’s a bit hidden from any other direction.

Couloir on Beehive West Face
Couloir on Beehive West Face

Nice shot of the North Couloir on Fan Mountain. Someday…

Good view of the North Couloir on Fan Mountain
Good view of the North Couloir on Fan Mountain

The entrance to Shortcut Couloir. No rappel. Straight in, but watch the rocks.

The start of the ski
The start of the ski

Jeremy starting to ride.

Jeremy Dropping In
Jeremy Dropping In

The bottom of the Shortcut couloir.

A nice line...
A nice line…

And a few ski shots too.

Skiing the slush
Skiing the slush

Then we decided to do a bit of rappel practice. Descending and ascending cliff walls – what a great way to spend a Tuesday.

A bit of practice
A bit of practice

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.

Putting it all in scale
Putting it all in scale