Where to Start?
This trip simply oozed of awesomeness in every aspect.
Headed up Eagle River valley to the Twin Falls valley Saturday with JT, A, Dogust, Julie & Chunkfest 09.
Very Busy Beavers!
After a few hours we turned and headed up the very steep hunter trail into Twin Falls.
Windy night, chicken curry, a flapping megamid and restless puppy gave way to a stunning bluebird morning.
JT, A and Dogust headed over the pass to Vertigo peak and the ridge, while J, Luz and I headed up Mt Yukla. Its the highest peak in the Eagle River valley but has a nice snow route that twists around the back side of the peak.
up up up... past the little glacier.
Over Twinsicle pass to the back side of Yukla. Mt. Soggy just plastered with ice..
up up up, made our way through a little couloir and over an ice buldge that Luz needed to be carried through. We were not sure at that point how to get her down but 'll get to that later...
summit ridge, luz needed to be tied off to prohibit 4000' cornice hucking.
Yukla has twin summits, J & luz stayed on one, while I went over to the other.
View down Yukla's North face into Icicle Creek. Nice contrast between summer's lushness and the alpine. About 6,800' vertical relief!
Time to go down. Luz was short roped as the exposure was quite stiff for a fearless puppy.
To the ice step. After some quick thought, the only real option was to sack the dog. She really did not protest at all and quickly started snoring. A good reason to bring a decent sized pack!
down down down, 1000's of feet of glissading:
Monday was beautiful again. A hiked out early, so after a mellow breakfast with JT we headed up to the ridge for a little hike before going back. JT headed over the pass again to traverse around to Emerald peak and out Thunder gorge.
Glacier Lake - the start of Eagle River and the crow pass trail valley:
Devils Mistress and Beezelbub - Two hard to climb peaks in the western Chugash.
Yukla from the trail hiking out the valley: