Riding the Crest in Truckee!
My day started about an hour before Robs did. I climbed Mount Lincoln to avoid buying an “up and out” pass, and met Rob at the summit. We dropped off of the south west side of the ridge into a slew of variable conditions. The terrain on this aspect looked epic, but the snow was not exactly blower pow. We navigated wind buff, corn, and ice between two different drainages. The moment we became accustomed to the light wind buff and started to open it up, we suddenly started scraping on ice.
After some more turns in the sun it was time to hoof it back up the ridge. This western drainage certainly must be revisited after the next storm before the sun gets to it.
The ridge was heavily guarded by cornices and rock walls. After some crafty navigating we found our way back to the top. We decided this south west ridge was best for another day and headed for more protected slopes. We found ourselves a great N/NE facing chute that just begged to be ridden. On higher avalanche danger days this slope would not have been ideal considering the angle and terrain traps that lay below. Today, the chute goes!!
We picked out our descent path. Rob won the ro-sham-bo to drop first, and just like we expected- plenty of powder for both of us!
We ascended Mt Judah and found another fun slope to ride. Not quite as deep as our previous line, but just as soft and fun!
We headed north and climbed Donner Peak. The views of the lake were stunning, and it was clear that more powder awaited us for our decent!
Our journey to the lake required a fair amount of navigation to avoid cliff bands and find our desired entry into the neighborhood next to the lake. The snow was so fluffy and fun that we could not stop for pictures, but let me assure you, we both squeaked in a few face shots!
I hope you enjoyed the trip report! Get out there and earn some turns!