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[TR] Forbidden Tour - Standard plus Eldrorado ski 05/05/2019

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Trip: Forbidden Tour - Standard plus Eldrorado ski

Trip Date: 05/05/2019

Trip Report:

 

I'd been wanting to do this tour for more than a dozen years and I wasn't disappointed....Let's just say that.  We did it in a leisurely three days (camp one below Sharkin) which allowed for a full afternoon of oogling at one of the premiere deep holes in the range - Moraine Lake.  Often looked at, but rarely visited, it has vistas that even Harvey Manning would struggle to translate into words.  If you follow our itinerary, on days one and three you should expect shenanigans, which are mostly unavoidable, but such is the price for one of the great adventures in the range.  It is worth the price of admission.

Special kudos to the young Tyler, for putting up with the predictable banter (chronic pain, kids, politics, etc.) from a bunch of middle aged dudes for a few days, and gamely signing onto a trip where he didn't know any of us.  Your enthusiasm for the range will serve you for many years!

I could've spoiled it for you with a lot more info, but I'll let you dream about it for a few years and imagine, like I did. 

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Gear Notes:
Skis or splitboard. Whippet or light axe. Boot crampons, ski crampons, helmet, crevasse rescue gear, enough rope for a 30m rap.

Approach Notes:
Sharkfin col (go up the easy gulley but not all the way- turn left halfway up to established station) to Boston Gl. to Forbidden Gl to Moraine Lake to Inspiration and out standard Eldo trail.

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Friendly reminder that the photos are sized for large screen work diversions, and that the cc.com photo viewer is activated by clicking on the first photo.

I'll add some captions during the week....

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I wonder how many people have been down to moraine lake?  cool looking trip.

 

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2 hours ago, genepires said:

I wonder how many people have been down to moraine lake? 

I suspect nearly all have been on skis during the spring.   It seems to get done by at least 5-10 parties a year, and there were at least three groups ahead of us this season.  Oh, and we saw a mating pair of Harlequin ducks at the inlet to the lake!

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As per usual you did a far better job of capturing the scenery than I did.  Beautiful photos!

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Beautiful shots @JasonG that I can see! I will have to be sure to add this to my list 😀

I'm getting a bunch of broken image links after the eighth photo...

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9 hours ago, Alisse said:

I'm getting a bunch of broken image links after the eighth photo...

Weird....displays fine in my browser.  Still the case?  If so, we'll need to get @jon to investigate.

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1 hour ago, JasonG said:

Weird....displays fine in my browser.  Still the case?  If so, we'll need to get @jon to investigate.

They are working this morning for me! Beautiful!

Maybe my internets were temporarily jammed.

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Oh, I should add that the lower cliffs by Moraine lake were nearly melted out when we went.  It is likely to be significantly worse now, and not a lot of fun to connect the glacier to the lake.  Also the lake was beginning to melt out with open water on both ends.  So likely not in great shape at the present....

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11 minutes ago, JasonG said:

Oh, I should add that the lower cliffs by Moraine lake were nearly melted out when we went.  It is likely to be significantly worse now, and not a lot of fun to connect the glacier to the lake.  Also the lake was beginning to melt out with open water on both ends.  So likely not in great shape at the present....

well look at you answering my question before I even asked it!  maybe you can monetize that skill.

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3 minutes ago, tanstaafl said:

maybe you can monetize that skill.

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Awesome trip and photos! I will have to hire JGAP LLC for next year!*

*Paid endorsement 

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