I just found some pics of my buddy and I climbing Mt. Tallac in Lake Tahoe (9,735 feet) the day after a big winter storm in late April a few years ago and thought I'd share. It was a 5-hour hike up from lake level and as the temperature rose, we caused a few minor slides, but finally got to the very top and enjoyed 3,000+ feet of untouched powder on the way down. I highly recommend at least trying a backcountry adventure once, it was an AMAZING ride down.
A few hundred yards above our start at lake level. ↓↓↓
It started to get steep a bit further up, and the temperature was rising quickly. Every step we took caused a mini snow-slide, so we had to kick into the snow with force on every step to maintain footing. ↓↓↓
We stopped for a quick snack here and I couldn't help but look up at where we were headed and just how much further we needed to go... Do'h! ↓↓↓
Even further up, and still a ways to go. I just kept telling myself "one step at a time, just keep moving your feet" haha ↓↓↓
With each step, the peak was getting tantalizingly closer... ↓↓↓
The view from our final push along the North ridgeline... In the foreground is the last bit of the ridge we traversed, and in the background is the Desolation wilderness with all of the peaks, powder, and runs that 99% of people who visit Tahoe never get to see. It's late April and still buried in snow! Unbelievably beautiful. ↓↓↓
And then.... the summit! ↓↓↓
The views... ↓↓↓
The best part? The ride down, of course! The tracks are from two telemark skiers who summitted an hour before us. We dropped into this bowl moments after I snapped this pic, and it was some of the deepest, most amazing snow I've ever ridden. Fresh tracks all the way down to lake level, too. ↓↓↓
Anyways, it was a great day of riding and I would recommend anyone who loves boarding do some backcountry riding (properly prepared, of course.) Hope you enjoyed the pics, guys.