Backcountry trip/equipment thoughts

Backcountry trip/equipment thoughts

Post by michael crot » Wed, 19 Apr 1995 04:00:00


I went on my first serious backcountry trip on easter sunday. I'll
briefly describe it then make some comments about my equipment and how it
worked out.

Somehow I wound up in big cottonwood canyon with a group of four ***
local tele-skiiers testing our transmitters. We climbed about 2500 feet
northwards towards Gobblers Knob in about 3 inches of fresh snow on top of
unbreakable crust. We broke for our easter beer and bud at the top of
some peak I won't name between the two canyons, I was exhausted. We
followed an innocuous looking ridge north to a north facing***
valley with a huge untracked snowfield, about 8 inches of heavy fresh on
top of unbreakable crust. With little avalanche danger we were pretty
carefree, I went really fast and coaxed a whoop out of one of my tele
skiing friends. After the snowfield was a long long tree run, spaced
aspens and huge pines (rare in UT). The measured (by altimeter) altitude
of our descent was 3800 feet.

I had snowshoes for the climb, and at one point I was breaking through so
I put them on. Snowshoes suck. I wore myself out in the short time I wore
them. Traversing was hell, even with big crampons on the bottom that I
was sure would dig into the crust. Luckily I could walk on top of the
crust with just my boots most of the time. At the top I was dead, my legs
wouldn't move. Either skiis are a lot easier to climb with and the
skiiers were carrying a lot less weight, or those guys (and gal) were in
unbelievable shape. I think a little of both. On the way down I found the
weight of my pack wasn't much of a problem, however the snowshoes are
three feet long so I had to duck pretty low to get them under some of the
trees. Another lucky thing was that there were no flats. I'm thinking
about either getting some short skiis for climbing or learning how to tele.

mike

 
 
 

Backcountry trip/equipment thoughts

Post by Richard Meester » Sat, 22 Apr 1995 04:00:00

==========michael crotty, 4/18/95==========
On the way down I found the
weight of my pack wasn't much of a problem, however the snowshoes are
three feet long so I had to duck pretty low to get them under some of the
trees. Another lucky thing was that there were no flats. I'm thinking
about either getting some short skiis for climbing or learning how to tele.

-------------------------------------------------------------

Mike, you might also consider getting a shorter pair of snowshoes.  There
are some excellent aluminum/composite shoes available that are 2 feet
long or less, with widths of around 6-8".  These are lighter, and easier
to carry than what it sound's like you are describing.  Check out
mountaneering shops.

Regards,

Richard Meesters               |     Plus ca change
Systems Support Analyst     |     plus c'est la meme chose
AT&T Global Information Solutions


 
 
 

Backcountry trip/equipment thoughts

Post by Jack Micha » Sun, 23 Apr 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

>unbreakable crust. We broke for our easter beer and bud at the top of

                                            ^^^^^^^^^^^^
Quote:
>some peak I won't name between the two canyons, I was exhausted. We

                                                 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Quote:
>I put them on. Snowshoes suck. I wore myself out in the short time I wore

                                ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^    
Quote:
>crust with just my boots most of the time. At the top I was dead, my legs

                                                       ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Quote:
>wouldn't move. Either skiis are a lot easier to climb with and the
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>skiiers were carrying a lot less weight, or those guys (and gal) were in
>unbelievable shape. I think a little of both. On the way down I found the

Yeah, it could have been that, or it could have been the weed.  Things
that make you go Hmmm...
-Jack