Our plan was to traverse the Desolation Wilderness,
starting at the eastern base of Mt. Tallac and
exiting down to Highway 50 at the bottom of Pyramid
Peak. Mother Nature had other ideas, throwing
a fierce winter storm at us. We dug a camp in
high on Mt. Tallac and waited out the night.
We skied down the next morning in two feet of fresh,
then hit the roadside attractions west of Echo
turning 33 and I figure that there's no better way to spend
a birthday than touring the backcountry. I therefore hooked up with
Gallardo, backcountry splitboarder extraordinaire
(and his trusty dog Sierra), for a little outing in the
Desolation Wilderness. Unfortunately for us, we ran
into perhaps the worst weather of the season. Here's
what the next day's USFS report said:
"Yesterday was an interesting day. Heavy showers in and out
most of the day. At 7,000 feet we received 8-10 inches of
new snow with light winds. This morning at 0600 at
north-northeast wind of 40-70 mph over the crest with
recorded gusts to 103 mph. It's howling this morning; in
sheltered areas at 8,000 feet the winds are 12-25 mph from
the north-northeast. Temperatures are cold; at 8,600 feet, 6
degrees, 8,000 feet, 6 degrees, 7,000 feet 10 degrees, and
6,000 feet 6 degrees. The ridgetops are completely scoured."
fun, huh? Although the weather sort of messed with our
plans, we ultimately ended up with one of the best powder
days of the year on Sunday.
on the link below to see the photos and trip report.