Archive for June, 2008

Mt. Heyburn Alpine Climb

June 17, 2008

Here are some photos from a June 14th-15th ascent of Mt. Heyburn with Mike and Patty from Tampa. Not bad for a couple of climbers from Florida! Snow line was about 7800 feet. We left camp at the highest bench lake with crampons and wore them all the way to the base of the Stur Chimney, which was snow free.

Erik Leidecker-SMG


Williams Peak Ski Descent!

June 17, 2008

On June 13th Sam Gardner and I skied the South Face of Williams Peak. Sam is from New Mexico and was in town for a wedding in Boise. He is an accomplished alpinist and we made good time on both the ascent and descent. We skied all the way down to Yurt Lake at 7,700 feet, which is the same as you would ski during mid-winter! There was 1-4 inches of new snow and generally fair to good skiing, especially on the old snow melt-freeze crust. Thanks to Sam for a great day!

Erik Leidecker–SMG

South Face of Kent Peak

June 7, 2008

On June 6th SMG guide Marc Hanselman and I skied the South Face of Kent Peak. We approached via the East Fork of the North Fork of the Big Wood River and followed a tongue of avalanche debris at 8100 feet into a high basin to the west of the drainage that comes off the south face. Conditions were firm (crampons) up to 10,800′ at which point they became more breakable. The south face itself was mostly breakable crust, and due to the generally cold and unstable weather the mountains haven’t seen much of a corn cycle. Despite the funky ski conditions there was plenty of sunshine and all in all it was a great day in the mountains.

Ralph Shelton City of Rocks

June 7, 2008

Here are a few photos from the weekend of May 31-June 1st at City of Rocks. Ralph and I spent a day working on lead climbing skills.

Erik SMG