Second cooly was just like the first one we did, bomber snow and a great shred. We got Big Rich to come along with us for his first steep technical line. This might have been a little much for him because we had to break out the ropes and harness. He was a little shocked but the excitement and adrenaline took over and he handled it well. When we got to the top of the cooly there was a nasty cornice and some rotten snow on a exposed 70% rock face. We got in a safe spot and I lead a interesting 30 meter section of hard snow and rotten snow. I topped out, belayed rich and miranda up and then I thought to myself how do we get back into it...... Luckily there was a nice rock fin that I was able to throw a sling on and miranda and Big Rich got to do there first ski repel! After skiing 2,000vert of 50% steep couloir skiing and some rope work there was only big smiles and tired legs, but WELL WORTH IT!
Are 3rd trip to hatcher for the weekend we decided to go for a little bit bigger of a line. 3,000 vert of steep 45% skiing was the leg burner we needed to be exhausted for the next week of school. This was a north facing aspect so the snow was a little different then the other 2 west facing aspects we had skied previously that weekend. It had already slide probable 3 weeks ago and had blown in with 5 inches of new. Knowing that there was a solid bass and the new snow was bonding well we where able to get into this cooly in prime conditions. I was exhausted from the last 2 days and for the first time ever I had to stop half way up the cooly and sit down to rested, wired! Also I was so tired I had Big Rich and Randy set the rest of the booter! THEY KILLED THIS TRIP!