Sunday, February 13, 2011

Birch Creek Area

Yesterday I hooked up with my friends Darren, Elysia, my wife Mary, and Simon (l to r in photo) and we drove to the Birch Creek Trailhead (passable with high clearance 4x4).
After an easy fifteen minute hike we were on snow and heading up broad, moderate slopes with grand views of the Owens Valley.
The huge Big Pine Complex fire a few years ago hit this area hard, but left some striking charred snags.
The snow varied with patches of frozen fins (not good), melted fins (ok), corn (yes!), and various winter forms (mixed bag). We were able to link up several corn slopes and had a good run.

Elysia expresses exuberance on her splitboard.
Simon (l) and Mary (r) synched it up here.
Darren ripping and grinning tele style.
Mary milked this snow tongue as far as possible.
While the skis dried in the sun we sipped beer, soaked sun, and basked in the feeling of a day well spent.
Thanks crew!

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