We found this section of the road to be washed out (on the left) so we used our shovels to dig it out wider so we could drive by. Even still, Sam's truck would not fit by the washout so we all piled into Andy's truck for the last ~2.5 miles of driving.
Setting out from the truck at 7:45am. We drove to just below the "gnarly hill" which left us plenty of skinning/hiking to do to get to the Rio Quemado TH
A light dusting of snow overnight allowed us to skin on mostly snow with some rocks thrown in for good measure. Nice light on the way in.
I'll take this opportunity to mention all these photos were taken with my Palm Pre phone camera. I forgot my real camera.
Intermittent sun in the morning beckoned us up into the basin
But then it was dumping snow at times reminding us of February
Ed negotiates some tricky skinning along the creek
Nearing treeline up past the Rio Quemado falls
A first view of the real terrain we're heading for
A view towards Middle Truchas
Nice bouldering potential. Beta photo for Daniel Woods
Andy and Sarah carrying skis through a short section of talus with North Truchas in the background.
Josh cruised up the slope and dug a pit in the couloir we were hoping to descend. It held up well and we were happy with the snow's stability
Booting up the couloir
Some tough, challenging ridge booting
On the ridge about 400' below Middle Truchas' summit
Josh and Sam hiking near a big ass cornice
We were about 200' feet below the summit when static electricity build-up in the air got all our metal buzzing and shocking our skin. So we skipped the summit and dropped in.
Sarah ripping some turns while Nina anxously awaits her descent
Andy skiing the couloir with Nina in tow
Sam and Andy skiing the lower portion of the coulior
Tricky skinning on the return trip
Happy to be back at the truck after 10.5 hours, ~15 miles and 4,100' of climbing