Wednesday, February 4, 2009

First Adventure up Cody Peak

With the warm sunny weather and stable snow pack, I decided that today would be a good day to go exploring. I hiked Cody Peak with Jacki, Phil, and Tim. Phil and Jacki had work in the morning, so we started our hike around 1:00. None of us had been up Cody before, but the we had the proper equipment, great visibility, and we were cautious. Jacki and I were on skis; Phil and Tim were snowboarding.

[ Cody Peak from the top of the Tram ]

After leaving the gates in Rendezvous Bowl, we traversed to the base of the ridge. Getting onto the ridge was the hardest part of the hike. The beginning was shear rock. Being in hard plastic ski boots, it was a challenge for me and Jacki. Once we were onto the ridge, it was a fairly simple walk up. The total hike took us about an hour.

[ At the base of the ridge about to start hiking. Notice the rocks we're about to climb... ]

[ Cresting the ridge ]

[ Are we there yet? ]

[ View off the back ]

[ Jacki ]

We saw a heli dropping skiers off at various locations around the peak. We were proud of ourselves to be hiking the same terrain. I would be pretty upset to see us up there after paying to heli ski.

[ Chopper ]

[ Heli? Yeah...we just hiked that. ]

We decided to check out No Shadows and Four Shadows. Jacki decided to drop into No Shadows. Phil, Tim, and Myself decided to hike another ten minutes to Four Shadows.

[ The crew looking down No Shadows ]

[ Tim - visiting from Tahoe ]

[ Jacki dropping in like a pro ]

[ Watching from the top ]

[ At the bottom - you can see Tim half way down (very middle of the shot) and Phil waiting at the top ]

[ We realized how lucky we are to be able to do this stuff ]

[ Tim watching Phil on Four Shadows ]

The snow wasn't great, but the run itself was amazing. It was steep and fairly long. Jacki had to get back down to the rental shop for work and Phil wanted to get back to town. They headed down Rock Springs and back to the resort. Tim and I decided to take one more lap.

[ Nice ]

The snow wasn't great, but the run itself was amazing. It was steep and fairly long. Jacki had to get back down to the rental shop for work and Phil wanted to get back to town. They headed down Rock Springs and back to the resort. Tim and I decided to take one more lap.

[ Our Lines ]

This time we dropped in a little lower down the ridge into Pucker Face. This run was a lot steeper than the first. It was so steep that when looking down from the top, you can't see the bottom...there was a major roll-over effect. We had to be careful in where we skied. There is a small cliff band half way down so we had to hit the funnel that avoids them.

To get back to the resort, we had to ski Rock Springs and then traverse back into the Hobacks. The snow was pretty solid going through Rock Springs, but the views were great. At one point I stopped below a huge cliff and after hearing some noises above, I realized that there was a rock climber probably a couple hundred feet up.

[ Rock Springs ]

[ Huge cliffs...if you look closely you can see a guy rock climbing - high up in the middle ]

Great weather, a great crew, and some great skiing...just another day at Jackson Hole.

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