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#1069291 - 05/23/12 12:59 PM [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012
danhelmstadter Offline
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Trip: Black Peak - NW face

Date: 5/19/2012

Trip Report:
In a collaborative effort, Eric Wehrly and I climbed and skied the NW face of Black Mountain. There are ski lines that when viewed from a deceptive perspective, or through some camera trickery appear to be truly steep when in fact they are only moderate in slope angle. The Northwest face of Black mountain is not one of those lines. Steep, sustained, exposed, are words that come to mind when contemplating a description. Snow conditions were scary in places, but good enough for a complete descent in proud style. Rocks and holes shallowly buried with sugar snow, slick ice crusts lurking under variably meager depths, these conditions added spice to both the climbing and skiing. Little in the way of progress came easy, the ground we gained was fought hard for in places, and entailed many white knuckled / no mistakes hours of fun. As I write this days later, I am still in a daze of emotions and memories that will be long to fade.

We got some good pictures, this is my favorite one, Eric shreds the knar


John Scurlock photo Black peak NW face (left), and Black peak western summit (right).


This was our first view of the NW side of Black, we had to make a long steep downslopeing traverse on variable snow to get to the beginning of the NW face (far right). Eric Wehrly photo


On the traverse, Eric Wehrly photo


E$ climbing lower face


Eric Climbing steep sugar over rock and ice high on the face.


cruxin


Looking down on our route from the summit. Eric Wehrly photo


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E-Money crossing a runnell mid-face


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Eric Wehrly photo


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Looking back on the traverse


Edited by danhelmstadter (05/23/12 09:50 PM)

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#1069293 - 05/23/12 01:04 PM Re: [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012 [Re: danhelmstadter]
skykilo Offline
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Loc: SF, NM
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#1069294 - 05/23/12 01:06 PM Re: [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012 [Re: danhelmstadter]
jon Offline

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holy shit
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#1069297 - 05/23/12 01:29 PM Re: [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012 [Re: danhelmstadter]
downey Offline
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Loc: Bellingham, WA
I thought you were probably being overly dramatic with the opening description... after looking at the pics, that's definitely not the case. Holy shit dude.. hats off.

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#1069298 - 05/23/12 01:37 PM Re: [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012 [Re: danhelmstadter]
Tyson.g Offline
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Loc: Bellingham
Right on Dan!
WOW!
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#1069320 - 05/23/12 02:22 PM Re: [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012 [Re: danhelmstadter]
NoBoltsNoBeta Offline
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Loc: The Daks
holy crap.
that is crazy steep.
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#1069323 - 05/23/12 02:31 PM Re: [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012 [Re: danhelmstadter]
Feck Online   confused

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Kick Ass tup

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#1069326 - 05/23/12 02:34 PM Re: [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012 [Re: danhelmstadter]
SeanO Offline
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Registered: 10/11/11
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Loc: Seattle, WA
That's just insane. Wow. shock

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#1069338 - 05/23/12 03:27 PM Re: [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012 [Re: danhelmstadter]
powdherb Offline
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Registered: 04/05/08
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When we skied Black last May, right after we saw you, I took a look down the NW face. While potentially skiable, I thought, it was improbable. It's a proud face; really steep, sustained, committing, and by the looks of it technical.

Good work. This is a significant line.

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#1069351 - 05/23/12 04:22 PM Re: [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012 [Re: danhelmstadter]
j_b Offline
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Wow! Your posts have a tendency to leave me speechless.

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#1069360 - 05/23/12 04:41 PM Re: [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012 [Re: danhelmstadter]
Atraslin Offline
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Loc: North Vancouver,BC
Hours of white nuckled fun, good to see you guys pulled it off.

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#1069366 - 05/23/12 05:28 PM Re: [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012 [Re: Atraslin]
JasonG Online   sleepy
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Had this face even ever been climbed before? Strong work!
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#1069372 - 05/23/12 05:42 PM Re: [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012 [Re: JasonG]
ZimZam Offline
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You guys smoked it! rawk
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#1069375 - 05/23/12 05:46 PM Re: [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012 [Re: danhelmstadter]
YocumRidge Offline
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Registered: 03/18/09
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Loc: PDX
Is that for real? brew
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#1069400 - 05/23/12 08:30 PM Re: [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012 [Re: JasonG]
Lowell_Skoog Offline
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Loc: Seattle, WA
Originally Posted By: JasonG
Had this face even ever been climbed before?

The first ascent was made by my brothers Gordy and Carl in August 1978. Gary Brill and I did the second ascent in May 1979 under snowy conditions similar to the ski descent.

When Gary and I climbed the face, we were climber's left of the central rib. Our route had a step that I don't think would be skiable. I'm guessing that you guys were skier's left of the rib. Correct?

Glad you had a safe trip...

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#1069403 - 05/23/12 08:34 PM Re: [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012 [Re: Atraslin]
Pete_H Offline
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Originally Posted By: Atraslin
Hours of white nuckled fun,


For Dan to say that, shit must have been real.

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#1069412 - 05/23/12 08:55 PM Re: [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012 [Re: Pete_H]
telemarker Offline
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Eric and Dan. The Lebron James and Duane Wade of the skiing world. I'm just fascinated you guys were able to take one hand off a pole and maintain an edge to take photos!


Edited by telemarker (05/23/12 08:59 PM)
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#1069414 - 05/23/12 09:02 PM Re: [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012 [Re: danhelmstadter]
mountainsloth Offline
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Loc: Seatte, WA
you guys are crazy.... crazy skilled.... and well... just shock

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#1069418 - 05/23/12 09:39 PM Re: [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012 [Re: mountainsloth]
JasonG Online   sleepy
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Thanks for the history Lowell. I saw the original summer line on the rib, but didn't know if it had been ascended in spring conditions. I should have known!
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#1069426 - 05/23/12 10:22 PM Re: [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012 [Re: danhelmstadter]
justcallmegary Offline
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Registered: 07/30/11
Posts: 40
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Loc: Hood River
Holy shit! Almost peed my pants from here!
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#1069427 - 05/23/12 10:22 PM Re: [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012 [Re: JasonG]
mick_scott Offline
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Registered: 02/04/11
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NIce work guys! thanks for all of the inspiring pictures -

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#1069428 - 05/23/12 10:29 PM Re: [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012 [Re: mick_scott]
Noodle Offline
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Registered: 06/01/07
Posts: 58
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Woah, awesome!

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#1069430 - 05/23/12 11:05 PM Re: [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012 [Re: Noodle]
Sol Offline
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Loc: leavenworth
Sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick, sick!

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#1069432 - 05/23/12 11:29 PM Re: [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012 [Re: danhelmstadter]
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Loc: hwy 542
Another amazing TR Dan.

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#1069436 - 05/24/12 01:09 AM Re: [TR] Black Peak - NW face 5/19/2012 [Re: Whatcomboy]
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I usually don't read trip reports. But when I do, they are usually of pretty cool routes. Good work folks.

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