TR: Can you double bag that please? Afley & Purple Peak (2 Apr 2011)

(Last Updated On: April 3, 2011)

It’s been too long since I’ve been in the high alpine. Weather windows kept happening on week days, but alas, I am a weekend warrior. After two weeks of battling a bug that delivered 4 days of 102 degree fever topped with a long-lasting heinous cough, I was finally began feeling like myself again on Thursday. With the weather shaping up for a bluebird day, it was time to hit the high alpine. Frank was out filming with AE Films, but I was able to convince Josh to join me, and his roommate Brett also joined. Our plan was for a double bag- Afley and Purple Peak, which lie adjacent to one another at the end of Scarp’s Ridge.

Afley – one that’s been on my more recent wish list.
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Purple Peak – also on the wish list.
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As we took these photos of our intended lines, we debated which to hit first. With temperatures rising fast and wet-slides a definite concern, we decided to hit the east-facing Afley first. We traversed and skinned to the ridge and prepared to boot from there.
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View of Purple Peak from the summit of Afley.
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The cornice- scary, but also a beautiful work of art.
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Photo courtesy of Josh Macak.

Josh got first dibs.
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Brett, dropping in off the cornice.
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Me.
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Photo courtesy of Josh Macak.

The snow was excellent:) And the timing of our descent was perfect. From the bottom of Afley, we began heading over to Purple Peak.
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Eventually, it became too steep to skin any longer, and we switched to booting. Brett and Josh.
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Brett and I near the top of our line.
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Photo courtesy of Josh Macak.

With this north-facing aspect, we skied April pow. Brett.
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Josh.
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Me, enjoying the creamy apron.
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Photo courtesy of Josh Macak.

A look back at our line.
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As we skinned back up to the ridge, the winds increased and clouds began rolling in. Our timing again had been perfect. We were back to the trailhead before 1:30, less than 6.5 hours after we’d left. Not bad for a double bag sort of day 🙂 It was great to be out in the high alpine. I can’t wait to get out again 🙂 Thanks Josh and Brett for a fantastic day out!

Brittany Walker Konsella

Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things,Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate 🙂 Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

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Aside from skiing, biking, and all outdoorsy things, Brittany Walker Konsella also loves smiles and chocolate :) Even though she excels at higher level math and chemistry, she still confuses left from right. Find out more about Brittany!

One thought on “TR: Can you double bag that please? Afley & Purple Peak (2 Apr 2011)

  • April 4, 2011 at 10:30 am
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    Fantastic day out for sure! Your lines looked awesome from the ridge…jealous.

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