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ilookeddown

[TR] Rampart Ridge - Main Summit to Gold Creek 2/9/2010

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Trip: Rampart Ridge - Main Summit to Gold Creek

 

Date: 2/9/2010

 

Trip Report:

Today I skied a line off the main summit of Rampart Ridge. I started out at the Gold Creek just after 9am under blue skies. I trudged up the heavily used road under icy conditions. I took an old logging road after about a ½ mile that took me up to about 3k ft I left the road and toured up to the south shoulder of Rampart ridge to about 5360 ft. Snow conditions improved above 4k. I took the skins off and traversed north beneath cliffs and then skied down to Laura Lake at 4400 Ft.

 

Lake Laura with traverse and slope above

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I strapped the ski to my pack and climbed up a drainage to Lake Lillian. I crossed the lake and the toured up to a col above the lake at 5370 ft

 

Col above Lake Lillian

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Looking down from col to the south

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Tree at col

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From the col I had a short but beautiful ski down a north facing slope to a small pond.

 

Tracks down from col

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From here I put the skins back on and headed for the summit of Rampart Ridge at 5810 ft.

 

Slope I skied and the summit of Rampart in the distance on my way up.

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South summit of Rampart with some great looking mellow lines lines.

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The ski from the summit was interesting. The snow was a bit sun affected. It was 1:15 at this point. After skiing a nice open slope I then made my way down around a few cliff bands and found myself on a shelf above some what seemed like large cliffs. I tried to traverse skiers left to a line I saw on my way up that I knew went through but it was a dead end and still too high to get to it. I usually don’t ski a line like this blind.

 

The dead end.

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I found a suitable sapling and rappelled down to safer ground.

 

Rapelling down

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Pulling the rope

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The line I took. Red is the ski, yellow is the rappel and green is the way I should have gone. The main summit is not in view. It is behind the large rock face.

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From here I had a great ski down to Gold Lake.

 

Looking back from Gold Lake.

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From the lake the skiing started to suck. In a normal year and with good snow this would be a very enjoyable line but on this day it was a nasty, cliff riddled gully covered in avalanche debris for 1800ft. Toward the bottom I had had enough and decided the steep icy treed area would be more enjoyable. After getting spanked I opted for the brush covered sun crust slopes. By the time I mastered the sideslip things turned to breakable slush. Finally I hit the Gold Creek Trail and skated the mile back to my car where a ticket was waiting for me for not displaying the Sno Park Pass that was in my glove box.

 

Nasty Gully

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Fun Brush

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The tour was about 4400ft in elevation with just over 7 miles traveled.

 

Approximate Route

route.jpg

 

Gear Notes:

Touring Gear

Harness, 1.8mm 60m 1/2 rope

 

Ski and boot crampons not used

Edited by ilookeddown

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Very pretty. Funny but some of the most picturesque ski tours I have done ended up having the worst ski conditions at the time. I guess you do have to pay one way or another.

 

Sucks about the Sno-Park ticket. You can fight it though.

 

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