Monday, April 22, 2013

Camas Peak, Bitterroots

Posted by on Mon, Apr 22, 2013 at 3:05 PM

After receiving another round of deep powder, Camas Peak seemed like an ideal place for a mid spring powder tour.

click to enlarge JOHN LEHRMAN
  • JOHN LEHRMAN

The main road had been plowed to the Moose Creek junction, so we opted to tour into Hayes Point to start the day. We made it to the high point about 8,500' and admired the views up the North Fork of Lost Horse canyon and then prepared to ski into Hayes Basin. There is a steep line directly from the high point into the upper basin, which I ski cut and produced a large 2' crown slab avalanche.

Hayes Point Gully
  • Hayes Point Gully
We opted to ski powder around the steeps and left the bed surface skiing to another day. The powder was light and deep as we broke trail to the pass between Hayes and Camas where we warned a couple snowmobilers of the imminent closure on the Kidney Lake side of the pass. The short run to Kidney Lake was remarkably fun in the deep spring powder. Crossing the lake and heading up to the summit we were hopeful that the north side was in decent shape as there had been quite some wind with this storm.
Crossing Kidney Lake
  • Crossing Kidney Lake
We were lucky and found great powder skiing, so we stayed and skied three runs on the north face, finishing with the slot through the cliff band and down to the second Camas Lake. I was tired and oxygen starved due to two weeks at sea level for Spring Break and had a funny day of it, forgetting to deal with equipment issues, or taking off my jacket when hot, then dropping my water bottle in the creek, and almost following it into the water myself. I had to start second guessing myself, hoping i did not get hurt or wet. Heading down and out the summer trail was fast and we arrived back at the car at 7 p.m. after a fine long day in the mountains.

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