The Upper Crust

November 17, 2010

Friday night proved nearly as fun as Friday morning.  Our crew was invited to a fine art party — between Dwyer‘s creativity and Andy Anderson‘s ability to hold things high in the air, we created this masterpiece.

Much art was built, perused, and criticized.  Absolutely no fine bags of wine were consumed.

Back to the upper crust — Saturday morning lulled in, cloudy, windy, and humid.  We were headed up one of the side canyons in LCC to see if we could find some upper elevations without the fall crust.

A mere 20 yards from the trail head we ran across this guy.

Jim hypothesized “WRA, SFB, or Trackhead: one of yall drop this? Smells like a mixture of box wine an metamucil.”

His sarcasm was quickly repaid in the form of a skin short cut, gone awry.  All of the sudden our day of extreme skiing, turned into a day of extreme skinning as well.

Many miles of road skinning commenced, up and up.  4 miles for only 2,000 feet, we didn’t even break out the heel lifters.  On all western aspects the “upper” crust was stout as can be, but on the east side we we’re in business.

The front side of our objective came into view – we’ll call it Fake Peak.

fake peak

The front side of Fake Peak looked like it might even have a delightful chute in it.  We decided we’d check out the backside and the surrounding mountains first.

red hairy

Jim said, “Dang those boulders would make more than a core shot.”


Quickly, we found our objective on Fake Peak, and set more switch backs then the majestic Walter’s Wiggles at Angel’s Landing.

Below, Allison shows how she loves switchbacks more than the rest.


And what the top of our mighty skin would produce.


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  1. Greg
    wrote on November 17th, 2010 at 3:08 pm  

    very very nice!!

    one question: is Dwyer skiing with a crash pad?! He reminds me of the VT legend/beast the “artic hermit crab”

  2. Ben
    wrote on November 17th, 2010 at 3:58 pm  

    Awesome shots!!! I can’t wait to get out there… 3 weeks from tomorrow!

    • Greg
      wrote on November 17th, 2010 at 10:32 pm  

      I’ll mark my calendar for a dump in VT ;)

  3. Harvey44
    wrote on November 17th, 2010 at 4:35 pm  

    Nice work! Some of those chutes look pretty pinchy. What does it say about me if I really like the skin track/uphill shots the best? I’m demented…

    • Porter Haney
      wrote on November 17th, 2010 at 4:48 pm  

      Thanks Harvey – you’re not the only one. The plate that I had in my ankle was making skinning much more enjoyable for me than skiing — lots of pinching with skiing. Got that sucker out yesterday.

  4. icelanticskier
    wrote on November 17th, 2010 at 7:32 pm  

    ayup, intersting approach to track up what you ended up down tracking. ah, gotta love the ways of the wasatch skinner ;)

    lake, i mean fake peak down to the lake of it’s real namesake. boulder basin lookin, uh bouldery.

    nice tour!


  5. Les
    wrote on November 18th, 2010 at 12:08 pm  

    daaaaamn. color me jealous as hell on the EC right now!

  6. K_C
    wrote on November 22nd, 2010 at 9:37 am  

    Beautiful pics! Glad you got that hardware outta there, sounds like it was making for some painful schuss.

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