Peak(s):  "Drift Pk"  -  13,900 feet
Pacific Pk  -  13,950 feet
Date Posted:  05/14/2013
Date Climbed:   05/12/2013
Author:  Elliot
 MayPow Drift Peak-Pacific N   

Drift Left above Copper from East Red a week prior

With intentions of skiing Crystal North on Sat, Tanner and I made a change of plans as I had received a text from Calc that he was going to ski Drift. It was nice to skin to the top of this one and we enjoyed great views and snacks before looking at the SE bowl.We planned to ski SE and the hike back up to ski the classic NW drift line. The SE face was looking pretty saturated so we hopped on the Driftline and enjoyed great powder conditions.
Tanner enjoying the great may conditions on the Driftline


Calc Ripped it top to bottom while me and tanner traversed skiers right to a nice gully


I think it was about 11 when we reached the bottom so we went for another lap
Second lap on the skin track

above one of the many exits

More of a corn product below the various exits of the drift face


Pacific from Crystal June 28th 2011

On June 28th 2011 Tanner and I skied Peak 10 south to Crystal south east to Pacific, with intentions of skiing the North Couloir. We hiked it but the descent was a bit firm and the crux a bit concave, allowing for only the tips and tails of the skis edge to grab. Needless to say we backed off, and skied tarn bowl over to an inset lookers left of the Maui Chutes. Even on June 28 of 2011 the crux was fatter that when we skied it on May 12 of 2013.
A nice couli we skied after backing off Pacific North 2011

Calc on the summit

Anyway back on top of Pacific with an approach from the Spruce trailhead we were looking at the type of snow you want for this steep couloir. Now I have to mention that I was not too impressed with Mountain Outfitters who had unsuccessfully tried to replace the faulty pins in my Dynafits. When putting them back together the tech asked what I wanted my DIN's set at. I replied "10" and thought nothing of it. Well the tech set my lateral DIN at 10 and spaced even setting the forward pressure DIN. Moral of the story never trust the techs at ski shops and it's your fault if you do.
Adam Brian and Calc check out the North Couloir 2013

North Couloir June 28th 2011

North Couloir May 12th 2013

There are two options up top, the left option seems to be a bit wider than the right that has a few rocks constricting to shorter than a ski length
Calc cutting to the left branch

Calc Dropped first followed by Brian and myself. A recent strong addition to the crew Adam, who is recovering from some serious foot issues after a ski descent of Denali last year skied the lookers left couloir off the ridge. The snow has been very stable on north aspects with minimal sloughing.


Calc lower down

Brian cuts left healside


Brian carving out the dogleg

Me working the shadows just trying to keep the skis on my feet with a no forward pressure DIN

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 Comments or Questions

North Couloir
05/15/2013 12:19

”Moral of the story never trust the techs at ski shops and it‘s your fault if you do.”
Exactly right

And thanks for the North Couloir conditions. Seriously, you just saved me a recon mission which I had planned for early next week.


Sweet stuff
05/15/2013 13:44
Those turns on Drift look solid. And Pacific is filled the hell in. No surprise Calc went top to bottom.

Your dynafit segment is good fuel for my pro Fritschi arguments. Thanks! (But sorry to hear you found out about it on the summit).


05/15/2013 14:02
I have heard plenty a Fritschi curse at the top of peaks this year...


Nice Descents Fellas
05/15/2013 14:16
Hope the snow sticks around for a few more!

Brian, wasn't it your Fritchi that ripped in half in the San Juans causing you to miss an entire ski descent and sending us on a wild goose chase through Tride for a loaner setup? All Elliot's talking about is a minor adjustment that all new Radicals require, at least his bindings still worked .


Time & Tested
05/15/2013 14:26
Those were 8 year old bindings. From the looks of it - I didn't miss much of a ski descent. I still stand by the Freerides!


05/15/2013 14:35
While they did stay on my feet, I didn't have the correct screw driver to tighten them down, thus making me ski very cautious. Needless to say I know a little more about how the bindings work now.

Weekend freezes are in the forecast


Real Reason
05/15/2013 14:40
You only stand by the Freerides because people keep giving you their old crappy pairs for free (probably because they just bought Dynafits), and you therefore have no reason/motivation to ever spend money on bindings . No one ever gives away their old Dynafits, not in my experience at least...


Ben is correct Brian....Loan Stallion!
05/15/2013 15:08
Productive weekend Elliot, strong showing!


Pac N
05/15/2013 15:10
Bill turn that recon mission into a descent. oh and Mayflower is great for sled access!


05/15/2013 15:24
Rick - lets have a spelling contest before we debate over AT bindings. I don't think horses handle bank loans.


loan or lone
05/15/2013 17:48
I can't spell and this should not be a surprise to you!

But just because I can't spell doesn't mean you can't move from the comfort of your freerides to the exciting world of tech. It makes you sound like a crusty old man. ”Damn whipper snappers....Pull up those pants and tuck in that shirt!”

Elliot - I didn't realize mayflower had sled access.

Love the binding debate fellas!
05/16/2013 01:34
Hilarious, you could be using Trekkers.


05/16/2013 13:18
Lol. Hey, Trekkers might not be a bad idea to reach the N Couloir! I bet Elliot wished he had his bomber Alpine setup when he realized that Dynafit screwdriver hole was too small for anything they had on-hand.


05/19/2013 14:58
Your right about those trekkers. Garbage on the way up, great for the way down.

Looked like a fun day guys, nice work.

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