On Thursday, we tacked on over 4,000 feet of climbing while scoring two laps off Beard Mountain. The tour up Taylor would only gain us 3,000' so how bad could it be, right?
Steep and challenging.
None of us have skied Taylor before and we thought winging it the old Lewis & Clark route would magically net us that highly coveted cowboy card. What that means is we followed a heavily-packed and well-traveled trail towards the southeast ridge, but apparently we missed the turn off to the left and uphill for what I imagine was a gradual ascent. Instead, we continued along the creek towards the basin between Taylor and Mount Glory before eventually finding a skintrack towards the summit. It was clear very early on that this was a local skintrack and one that was nothing short of an elevator shaft up.
Topography map from the trip
Our reward for following a ridiculously steep skintrack? Unobstructed views to the south which did not disappoint
Soon enough we were well above treeline and got to visually taste why we killed ourselves today
And now a look towards our goal
Our line choice (wanted to tag right down the gut and over the cliffs, but the snow there was completely backed and crusty ... we skied the shaded area on the skier's right side which gave us trenchtown and quality powder given a few days after the last storm)
Photos of our descent
All thumbs up and smiles today
A look back towards the zone and damage control
First of many beers after reaching the bottom (and somehow, I grew an extra left arm)
To keep the stoke alive this day, we were greeted by a very awesome sunset
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Taylor Mountain, WY | January 18, 2013