I joined up
with a few friends for a couple of days of car
camping and BC skiing in the Eastern Sierra.
Along the way, we found some bad snow, we found some
good snow and sometimes we found no snow at all.
Here's our story.
again I hooked up with BC splitboarder
Gallardo and his trusty dog Sierra, this time for an outing in the
Eastside peaks near Lee Vining and Bridgeport. My good
buddy EB came along as well, looking for a much needed rest
from work. EB and I arrived in Twin Lakes at around
10pm after a beautiful full moon drive over Monitor Pass.
On our arrival, our spirits dampened somewhat when it began
Undaunted, we woke up, packed up our wet camp and met Chris
for our first "ski" tour up Horse Creek Canyon. Our
destination: Matterhorn Peak. Slight problem,
however -- there was no snow for the first 1,400' of the
trail. Hiking up the trail with skis and snowboards on
our back, we looked absolutely desperate for snow. We
dubbed the trip: "Operation Desperation".
As if that weren't bad enough, the weather turned on us and
spoiled our hopes of getting to the summit. We settled
for a nice run through some steep high chutes and then back
down Horse Creek.
the next morning feeling sort of crappy (those fish
tacos...), but we drove up to the Virginia Lakes area to
find some better snow. We found skiable snow from the
car up to the summit of South Peak, and a nice descent which
included some wind-buffed powder. We kind of wimped
out after South Peak, electing to head back to Tahoe rather
than do another day on the eastside. We didn't do as
much as we thought we would, but we had a great time
on the link below to see the photos.