TR: Jenga Chute (8 Aug 2011)

(Last Updated On: August 14, 2011)

The weekend in Marble was hot. Yet snow lingered in the mountains above us, taunting Kim and I. It wasn’t hard to convince Kim to make a stop in Crested Butte to join me in some summer turns before heading back to Boulder. Besides, I had yet to get my August ski.

Although we knew the Wine Bottle couloirs were still in, as I posted a picture of them in the Marble TR, we weren’t in for a long day. We wanted nice and short. Earlier in the week I had seen my friend post a picture of Mt. Owen on Facebook, showing a lot of snow. Owen’s access is quick and easy, and the Jenga Chute (marked on the photo) was still good to go. So, that was our line of choice for the day.
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As we headed up the dirt road past Lake Irwin, it became increasingly rough. The road is in bad shape this year from late snowmelt and trucks getting on it too early. We could not make it all the way to the base of Mt. Owen, but we got close enough. Our first glimpse of the basin that lies between Owen and Purple.
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Kim, ready to go.
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Shortly after reaching the basin, we began walking on snow.
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The Jenga Chute was fairly hidden on our approach route, until it suddenly came into full view.
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The climb up the chute was pretty fun.
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Kim climbing.
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The Jenga chute is named after this spire, called the Jenga tower- the rocks are stacked like the blocks in the Jenga game.
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We were at the top of our line only 2 hours after leaving the car. Though not at the top of the actual mountain, the views were still great. Toward Ruby.
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The Elks- The Bells and Pyramid among others.
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Getting ready to ski.
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Me.
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Kim.
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The snow ended but that didn’t deter us 😉 We found some more…..
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The turns near the bottom were still pretty good. Kim.
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Me.
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As we neared the end of our line, we transitioned back to hiking shoes and headed back to the car, which we reached only 4 hours after leaving. Though the snow was not very smooth, it’s consistency was good. Still, they were good August turns. It’s still ski season 🙂 Thanks Kim for joining me on another day in the mountains!

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!

5 thoughts on “TR: Jenga Chute (8 Aug 2011)

  • August 15, 2011 at 8:19 pm
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    I really love these pics! Thanks Britt! 😉

  • August 15, 2011 at 9:11 pm
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    Skied the same thing a couple weeks ago. Good ski

  • August 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm
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    So, Adam, it was YOUR tracks we saw! Didn’t think you skied this time of year 😉

  • August 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm
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    Glad you like the pics, thanks for joining 🙂

  • August 16, 2011 at 9:09 pm
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    Adam only bikes in the snow and mud, and only skis in dirt and suncups….

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