After a fun day on Friday 3/06, Destry, Drew and I were stoked to get out again on Saturday. We felt good about stability, and decided to go for a big day in the Northern Wallowa. After going back and for about objectives we headed up the access road for Ruby Peak. We got up early in the morning and were on the trail around 630.
The first step of the day was to climb this couloir to the ridge line.
Actually… the first step was to bushwhack up to the base of the couloir.
The bushwhack didn't last forever though.
After gaining the ridge line, we dropped into the next drainage and traversed to distant cirque. Evidence of the warm temps and growing strength of the sun.
Impressive debris for a point release.
Lots of hiking, and the views were real nice.
We came to check out this zone.
Dropping into the cirque we scored a nice chute'r. Drew carving.
Destry gettin' his.
Our objective was this classic couloir. Narrow, sustained steep, and walled with rock.
The snow wasn't perfect powder in the chute, it was wind effected but, would suffice for a snowboard decent. Turnin' up.
Getting to the top we soaked in the views and prepared to descend. I dropped third and didn't get any good riding shots except for this one of Destry dropping in.
Looking back after an awesome run. We rode the narrow couloir in center left of the photo.
We booted out of the cirque and started the trek home. Evidence of boarders.
Returning back to Ruby's ridgeline, we dropped into the couloir we booted in the morning. It held great recycled powder, and was a truly awesome run. Drew surfing…
And getting barreled.
Another awesome trip to Eastern Oregon. A parting shot from the Wallowa Valley.