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ComeBack_Kid 11-29-2012 06:17 AM

Lake Tahoe Backcountry Adventure Pics
 
Hey guys,

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. ↓↓↓

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j2...ril2606001.jpg

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. ↓↓↓

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j2...ril2606006.jpg

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! ↓↓↓

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j2...ril2606008.jpg

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 ↓↓↓

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j2...l2606011-1.jpg

With each step, the peak was getting tantalizingly closer... ↓↓↓

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j2...ril2606009.jpg

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. ↓↓↓

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j2...ril2606014.jpg

And then.... the summit! ↓↓↓

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j2...ril2606019.jpg

The views... ↓↓↓

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j2...l2606015-1.jpg
http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j2...ril2606016.jpg


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. ↓↓↓


http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j2...ril2606017.jpg


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.

killclimbz 11-29-2012 08:56 AM

Ahhh, spring riding in the Tahoe backcountry. Arguably the best place in the States to do it. Looks like a mighty fine day to me.

ComeBack_Kid 11-29-2012 04:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by killclimbz (Post 545005)
Ahhh, spring riding in the Tahoe backcountry. Arguably the best place in the States to do it. Looks like a mighty fine day to me.

It was a day well spent. :D
Quote:

Originally Posted by Snowolf (Post 545073)
Gorgeous! That view is amazing.

It was beautiful. Here's another pic we took at the top. The Desolation Wilderness directly behind Mt. Tallac:

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j2...l2606013-1.jpg

...and for comparison, a picture I took from the same place on Mt. Tallac while hiking there 3 months later in July.

http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j2...DSC00025-1.jpg


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