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[TR] Marble Creek Cirque - Lost Marbles Couloir 03/09/2020

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Trip: Marble Creek Cirque - Lost Marbles Couloir

Trip Date: 03/09/2020

Trip Report:

 

Wow, what a feature!  And what an outrageous setting!  But just be sure that the avalanche danger is reasonable, and expect that the snow in the couloir will likely be the worst on the entire tour.  Be thankful if it is, actually.  Because if it isn't, there is a much greater chance that you will have a quick trip into the cirque.  So much hanging over your head!  Thanks to @skykilo for bringing this gem to the masses and to @geosean for jogging my failing memory.  Lastly, thanks to @therunningdog for being a true friend and breaking trail for my sorry ass most of the way in and out.  If you have ever gotten out with him you know that his fitness is legendary and remarkable.  Fun to be the beneficiary, yet again.  

All I can provide are these photos.....

 

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Early Morning Spire and Dorado Needle above @therunningdog

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It has to begin somewhere.  And here it is.

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Oops.  Not off to an auspicious start.

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Not a place to be in considerable or higher avy danger

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Whew!  20 mins down and 3 hours up!

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North side of Triad

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I still care that you tele @therunningdog

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Gear Notes:
don't you dare bring snowshoes

Approach Notes:
Parked at ~1900' on HLL road. Plan for a 10 hour day with stops.

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Fantastic images! Looks like conditions were x5000000. You all are really making that couloir dance lately...:very_metal:

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Should we start a go fund me for Tim to get a new pack?

Great pics, thanks for sharing the stoke!

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Just now, Bronco said:

Should we start a go fund me for Tim to get a new pack?

His is newer than mine.  Ha!  We are quite the pair with old gear.  My boots are 15+ years old and my skins 18 years strong!  I would like to say that we are saving the earth, but really we are poor, cheap bastards.

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4 hours ago, JasonG said:

 but really we are poor, cheap bastards.

I agree on the bastards part but I think you just have other priorities with your $ and enjoy crushing the deskjockys like me who have the latest and greatest gear. :argue:

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Nice work Jason, it looks like you had good conditions for skiing. We had terrible visibility everywhere except in the couloir. 

Apparently I blew up the stash.

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4 minutes ago, geosean said:

Apparently I blew up the stash.

Oh, that's how these things go.  There was a flurry of activity around 10+ years ago as the Cirque was first explored for steeper ski descents.  Then we forget and wait for someone like you to reminds us.  Thanks again for moving it up in my mental files, and glad I could provide the views that you were missing.  It is worth going back to see in person though!

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Posted (edited)

Nice report, Jason! Cool to see the views of Triad N face.

Tabke blew up Marble Creek with the Eldo Royal couloir last year, wish I could've skied it with them but my hip was in an overuse injury situation and I had to stay in camp. I'll have to go back for this one, who wants it?

http://www.turns-all-year.com/skiing_snowboarding/trip_reports/index.php?topic=41929.0

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That's pretty funny @Kameron!  I actually talked to Tabski on the Eldo trail as you hiked in to slay that dragon last year.  I should have introduced myself!  We were coming out of the Forbidden tour.....

And I might be convinced to check that out with you..... if you don't mind going dad speed. :crosseye:

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