Blake Posted February 20, 2007 Share Posted February 20, 2007 (edited) Trip: Oval Peak - East Ridge & Sawtooth Ski Tour Date: 2/20/2007 Trip Report: On Friday morning, Chris Simmons (MtnFreak) and I left Twisp and drove 11 miles up the Twisp River Road, with eyes set on climbing and skiing from Oval, Star, and Courtney Peaks. We skinned up 5 miles of Forest Service road before starting up the trailhead for the W. Fork of Buttermilk Creek. We lost the trail a few times in the woods until Chris found the "cat track" for us to follow. After a few more miles we left the trail and headed up to the basin on the North side of Oval Peak (8,800'). The next morning we skied up the North side of the East Ridge until it became to steep and rocky. After cresting over into the sun we finished the scrambly climb and topped out into a strong wind filled with spindrift. The summit had a clear view of Washington, from Mt. Stuart to the Pickets. From the summit we enjoyed a 1300' ski run down to the Oval Lakes basin, where we toured across the frozen lakes and enjoyed a view of the North face of Courtney Peak. From the basin we skiied up to the pass between Courtney Peak and Grey peak, and the very strong winds along the top changed our minds about trying to climb Courtney. We skied from the ridge down to the South and camped on Saturday night between Star Peak and Courtney peak. Our plans to climb and ski Star the next day were derailed when we woke up to 4" of fresh snow and more falling quickly. We navigated (read: I tried to get us lost, Chris got us found)up to the pass between Star and Courtney peak, and from there we skied back down the valley to our car. The ski-out took about 9 hours, and we left a blizzard at 8,000' to find bright sun and calm at the car. I'm not sure if Oval Peak has been climbed in Winter before, or skiied from. Gear Notes: Brought ice tools and a small rack. We did not use it though Approach Notes: Twisp River road->W. Fork of Buttermilk Creek trail. The trail is fairly easy to follow on skis. Edited February 21, 2007 by Blake Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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