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PostMon Feb 10, 2020 4:36 pm 
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Climbed Humpback with my dad and Neil last year in a complete whiteout.  Neil and myself returned yesterday hoping to catch the views we had previously missed.  The two of us met at Exit 47 (Tinkham Rd) at 8:15 and quickly headed down the road.  After a few hundred yards we turned off the road and just headed up.  Quickly reaching the telephone wires, but we just continued up to the next road.  From this point we continued left until reaching the old avalanche shed.
Avalanche shed
Avalanche shed

The route follows a large chute above the shed to a pleasant basin around 4,000'.  I stayed in the trees while Neil felt safe booting up the side of the chute.  We put in a bunch of extra effort here as we were both breaking trail through deep powder.  Consistent snow was found around 2,800', and snowshoes became essential by 3,000'.
Consistent snow below 3,000'
Consistent snow below 3,000'
Neil breaking trail under 4,000'
Neil breaking trail under 4,000'
snowy trees w/ sunny skies
snowy trees w/ sunny skies

From the basin we traversed left around a sub summit then climbed up some frustratingly steep snow to gain the ridge toward the summit.  Basically just plowed through waist deep powder for 500 vert.
Plowing through the upper basin
Plowing through the upper basin
Neil enjoying the sun
Neil enjoying the sun
Sun & snow
Sun & snow
Winter scene
Winter scene

The ridge walk was sweet!  Untouched powder with 360° views (plus Neil broke trail the entire ridge).  Was nice to see what we had missed out on last year.
Fresh powder
Fresh powder
Ridge walk
Ridge walk
1st view of the summit
1st view of the summit

Spent a good 30 minutes enjoying the summit, but we somehow forgot summit beers.
Summit views
Summit views
Silver and Abiel
Silver and Abiel
deep snow on top
deep snow on top
Neat snow formation
Neat snow formation
Nearing the summit
Nearing the summit

We got back to the cars at 3 after racing down the mountain thirsty for some Dru-Bru.  6.8 miles with around 3,800' gained, and not a person to be seen.  Another great day in the mountains!!!

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PostMon Feb 10, 2020 5:16 pm 
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It's exciting  to see what it looks like up there this time of year.  Thanks for showing us.  ~z
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PostMon Feb 10, 2020 6:39 pm 
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Thanks for showing me all the views I missed... waah.gif

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PostWed Feb 12, 2020 5:38 am 
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That side of the mountain is underappreciated!  Hope it stays that way.  Low start psychs out the hording ski crowd up C-wealth and Source Lk.  Deep enough snow from the snowshed to skin up?  Maybe it is too far away in the pic but it looks like no one had even skied Silver's West Face.
It does get blasted by wind (not much snow left on the trees).  Could you see tracks?  Lovely pics
Thanks, John

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PostWed Feb 12, 2020 10:30 am 
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John Morrow wrote:
  Deep enough snow from the snowshed to skin up?  Maybe it is too far away in the pic but it looks like no one had even skied Silver's West Face.
It does get blasted by wind (not much snow left on the trees).  Could you see tracks?

Not enough coverage at the shed for skinning, but probably only need to gain 400' from there.  Silver's west face looked untouched.  We were actually commenting on the summit that it looked like an excellent ski line.

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PostWed Feb 12, 2020 6:03 pm 
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That's a fun chute to ascend. We did it once in winter after it had already released so weren't worried about another avalanche. But we stopped at the east summit. Congrats on making it all the way to the top.

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PostWed Feb 12, 2020 6:26 pm 
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puzzlr wrote:
We did it once in winter after it had already released so weren't worried about another avalanche

There was some significant water running off the snow shed which had me concerned, but really was surprised to find good conditions despite the NWAC forecast.

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