Confessions of a slide junkie: a return snowshoe journey to Avalanche Ravine and the East Fork of Tripyramid's North Slide, to see it and to partly ascend it in the depth of winter.
Livermore Trail was in prime shape for XC skiing.
White Cascade was now almost 100% white.
Surprise blue sky over the Avalanche Camp clearing.
Avalanche Brook, where the Mount Triypyramid Trail crosses it en route to the North Slide.
At this point, the mood of my hike had soured. Some knucklehead apparently thought it was a good idea to bareboot the Tripyramid slides loop in two to three feet of snow. The divots and occasional postholes in the old snowshoe track on the Livermore Trail had been annoying; my snowshoes were smoothing them out somewhat. But on the much softer Tripyramid Trail he (a pretty good bet) left the trail as an ankle-twisting minefield of deep postholes. The trail to the South Slide had looked the same when I passed by it along the way. Maybe he was watching too many Everest movies: real mountaineers don't wear snowshoes! Grrr....sorry about the rant.
But the beauty of Avalanche Ravine soon cast its spell.
Even more so when I veered off trail into pristine winter backcountry.
From the bottom, the snowy corridor of the East Fork beckons. How could a snowshoer resist?
It's steeper than it looks, though the lower part of this slide is relatively low angle compared to the upper part.