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Wasatch Mountains

Wasatch Mountains

 

MARCH 08, 2016 BY ZACH HUSTED

Got into Salt Lake City around 10:30 pm Sunday March 6th, after leaving Taos that morning. Crashing with a mate for the next few days while we knock out some backcountry lines in the Wasatch. 

 Wasatch between Little and Big Cottonwood  Photo: Zach Husted

Wasatch between Little and Big Cottonwood

Photo: Zach Husted

 

Day 1: Big Cottonwood

Started the morning with a liter of water, a 6 pack of day old donuts, and a banana... Already sense that today is going to be a big day! 

After a 7 am start, we skinned up Argenta, (above) looking into Mineral fork and finally laid eyes on the real Wasatch backcountry.

Stoked to have two veteran locals show me around such mind blowing terrain. We spent the day smashing pow and laying first tracks everywhere we went. Smashed a full lap in the Argenta slide path, then skied over to Silver Mine and laid down another 3 laps. Sending two down a series of pillow lines and open glade skiing to the valley bottom. Crossed a descent stream with dry boots; wrapping up a solid day in the hills. 

 Photo: Absolutely smashing pow a top Argenta on the first few turns in blower pow  Photo: Ryan Irvin

Photo: Absolutely smashing pow a top Argenta on the first few turns in blower pow

Photo: Ryan Irvin

 Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT  Photo: Gazing into some hits in Silver Mine Meadow

Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Photo: Gazing into some hits in Silver Mine Meadow

  

 Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT  Photo: Snapping a shot of Ryan Irvin on our last glade down to the van.

Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Photo: Snapping a shot of Ryan Irvin on our last glade down to the van.

After a full day on the splitboard we made a last min decision to hit Brighton for a bit of night shredding... Could not have been a better day to spend 13 hours in my boots.

 

Day 2: Out for the shooting gallery atop Little Cottonwood Canyon

We split up from Alta, passing a handful of the most iconic backcountry gaps ever! Moving quickly into Wolverine Cirque and all started picking lines and sending chutes for the day. 

 Photo: Pyramid Gap        Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Photo: Pyramid Gap      

Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

 Photo: Chads Gap   Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Photo: Chads Gap 

Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

 

After passing these legendary spots we made our way up to Wolverine Cirque. 

 Photo: Patsy Marley Ridgeline by Zach Husted  Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Photo: Patsy Marley Ridgeline by Zach Husted

Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

 

Making our way up the ridge.

 Photo: Wolverine Cirque   Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Photo: Wolverine Cirque 

Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

 Photo: Bombay Chute Zach Husted  Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Photo: Bombay Chute Zach Husted

Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

 Photo: Zach Hused boot pack setting up after three laps in Wolverine Cirque  Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

Photo: Zach Hused boot pack setting up after three laps in Wolverine Cirque

Little Cottonwood Canyon, UT

 

Epic trip with phenomenal conditions. Rolling to Sun Valley Idaho tomorrow afternoon.

Bitterroot Ranges, Idaho

Bitterroot Ranges, Idaho

Taos Extremes 4 Star FWQ

Taos Extremes 4 Star FWQ