Spearhead Traverse Variation

By:  Sam
April 26, 2011

Finally, we were at the top making a nervous traverse onto the main slope as we watched the sloughs we kicked of multiply in size and speed towards the glacier over 1000 feet below us.

Allen made some girly jump-turns, apparently he was afraid.

Nearing the bottom, he picked up speed.

As I dropped in, small sluffs were running wherever I skied. The descent turned into: turn, dodge moving snow, traverse, turn, repeat… “hey, this is just like in the movies, except not as stylish” I thought to myself.

Allen, skiing the lower section.

A look back to our line.

As we climbed out of the valley, we were afforded some awesome views….

Including stunning views of myself.

At the top of the long climb up to the Overlord glacier, we stopped for a much needed break.

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  1. Lee Lau
    wrote on April 26th, 2011 at 2:12 pm  

    Awesome! So many people get sucked into the standard routes – good for you on finding a local to hint at variations.

  2. Greg
    wrote on April 26th, 2011 at 3:39 pm  

    That was great Sam! Let’s see some more on the list!

  3. christian
    wrote on April 26th, 2011 at 6:52 pm  

    that looked pretty fun doods. haute route next?? :D

  4. Lionel Hutz
    wrote on April 26th, 2011 at 8:21 pm  

    Just awesome. That’s why we sent you out there in the first place. (Well that and we couldn’t stand the smell around here anymore. )

  5. Anonymous
    wrote on April 27th, 2011 at 12:06 pm  

    Is sam the only one that even skis anymore… We’re a little lacking in the trip report department from the east coast contingent. Good hustle though sam, looks fun.

  6. powhounddd
    wrote on April 27th, 2011 at 7:40 pm  

    Anonymous?! WTH.

    Anyhoo, great TR, really dug the read. Looks like a real challenging traverse to do in a day. Whoa!

  7. Savant Skis
    wrote on April 29th, 2011 at 6:58 pm  

    Sitting, sulking in a 75 degree house in the Bean……well done fellas looking forward to more diversions over the next months as I wait for the surf to swell again and wonder why I’m not in the PNW. BTW also thanks to the link to Jason Hummel – some great TR there as well………always enjoy the writing and pics-


  8. Peter
    wrote on April 30th, 2011 at 12:10 pm  

    awesome work guys. That route has been on my life list for a long time.
    some year…..

  9. James
    wrote on May 7th, 2011 at 11:45 pm  

    Sweet trip. Good to see spring is still serving up the hits

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