We joined Aaron and Carl for a tour up Middle Truchas Peak. We piled into Aaron's camouflaged pickup for the drive to the Rio Quemado TH. We left a couple empty beer cans on the front seat for good measure.
Sarah skinning on a snow bridge across the Rio Quemado.
Crossing a blowdown in the trees, we caught our first glimpse of the the surrounding peaks.
Aaron, Carl, and Sarah scoping our route through the terrain ahead.
Carl skinning toward tree line
"Truchas Medio" finally comes into view in the distance.
"Truchas Medio" and Middle Truchas (L to R)
Middle Truchas and our intended line - the wide, continuous couloir to the left of the summit
the gang picking their way through a talus field
We skinned as high into the basin as we could and then switched to snow climbing. We took turns setting the boot pack in the deep snow.
Aaron was psyched to not be kicking steps at this particular point in time.
Sarah and Carl working their way through the steepest section
lightly treading beneath a scary cornice
Once we topped out on the couloir, we had just a short climb left up the ridge to the summit. Here, Sarah and Carl make their way to the summit with South Truchas (the tallest of the Truchas Group) in the background.
The white quartz formations aren't quite as impressive when surrounded by white snow, but I still think they're pretty cool.
Sarah and Carl on top with North Truchas in the background
Sarah and me on top
"Truchas Medio" and South Truchas (L to R)
North Truchas and Chimayosos (center and right)
Sarah making her first turn from the summit
Carl dropping into the top of the couloir
Sarah enjoying the powder
killer view looking down the couloir
Aaron finding some soft stuff
Carl bringing up the rear
looking back up at our boot pack and tracks
cool snow snail with a rock lodged in its core
We arrived back at the truck 11-hours later. Our feet were soaked from hiking in sneakers through countless patches of snow on the road.