October 28, 2014

Pastoral Autumn 2014

Kruser, mw, and yours truly toured to Pastoral in boot-top fresh snow.  The glacier skied well, but we scraped through to rocks or tundra on many turns on the return from Taylor Creek Pass.
An early start
After starting up in the dark, the warm sunshine was a godsend. We had a thin snowpack, but good ski up to the pass. The uptrack to Taylor Creek Pass was great - return was rocky. Beyond the pass, mounting the glacier was tricky and rocky.
mw at Taylor Creek Pass back lit by the rising sun and Pastoral

The concentration of crevasses was worrisome, but not too surprising given the low snowpack of last winter.

mw on the Return Leg at the Glacier Mount
Finding the right place to mount the glacier was tricky, but worth the effort. On the outbound leg, we descended mw's uptrack with skins on - it was rocky.