Purple Peak S-Couloir 4.7.09

(Last Updated On: April 9, 2009)

Conan and I headed out for a quick lap on Purple Peak’s S-Couloir on Tuesday. I first met Conan a couple of years ago while drywalling his house. We did a lot of talking on that job, since he used to guide Aconcagua and other peaks, but this was the first time we had a chance to ski together. Conan will be heading to one of the world’s 14 8,000meter peaks, Cho Oyu, in a couple of weeks, hopefully getting a chance to ski it. I’m not sure if little old Purple offered too much practice, but it was a fun day. Purple Peak and the S couloir (left) taken the following day from the Daisy pass area:
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We took the easy route, climbing the S face to the summit. This tour was the first time I’d been out since the last devastating dust storm. The peaks were not looking good. Owen:
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Rare photo of me on top:
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Afley:
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We didn’t get too many photos, since this route is better skied as a continuous pitch to the bottom. Despite the dust, this north facing couloir was holding some nice powder, although it was slightly variable in some spots. Conan exiting the couloir:
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Some of our tracks can be seen here:
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We did a quick skin back up to Scarp’s ridge and skied down to our snowmobiles. The snow on this S facing terrain was awful- 2″ thick trap crust. My turn here shows the snow in all it’s glory:
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That’s about it- a quick little 4 hour mission on a pretty classic line. Bonus shot of my truck showing the dust. I hate dust:
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Frank Konsella

Frank loves snow more than anything... except his wife.  He ensures his food is digested properly by chewing it 32 times before swallowing.He is a full-time real estate agent serving Crested Butte and Gunnison and would be honored to send you his monthly newsletter.

Frank Konsella

Frank loves snow more than anything... except his wife.    He ensures his food is digested properly by chewing it 32 times before swallowing. He is a full-time real estate agent serving Crested Butte and Gunnison and would be honored to send you his monthly newsletter.

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