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4/19 Angora Peak – Halls of the Gods

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

After my first trip up to the Angora Peak area a couple of weeks ago the Halls of the Gods couloir jumped up to the top of my to do list. This time the gate was open and we were able to park about 2.5 miles closer than last time, making the approach and exit much more enjoyable. This time we approached from the bottom and set a bootpack up the Mini Halls Couloir, getting us to the top of the Angora-Echo ridge just a few yards from the top of Halls of the Gods. We topped out at about 11:45, which turned out to be perfect timing because the couloir itself is sheltered from the sun by Indian Rock until around this time of day. After lounging on the summit for a few minutes the couloir looked ready to go. We decided the center entrance looked the best although the skiers left entrance was skiable as well. The top 1/3 was perfect corn while the snow in the middle 1/3 was pretty rotten and manky due to it being very narrow and close to warm rocks. The bottom 1/3 below the choke was great corn snow again.  Another great day in the Tahoe backcountry!

Angora Tour 3/26

Friday, March 27th, 2009

I went for a tour up to Angora peak yesterday, first time to this area and I was very impressed with the cool terrain. We found very variable snow conditions with everything from wintery pow to breakable crust to nice corn. We were a day late for most of the pow and early in the corn cycle, but it was still a great day. There arn’t too many pictures due to battery issues with my camera, but I think there are enough to give you an idea.

A couple of lakes

 

Nick on the Way Down

Nick on the Way Down

Looking Back Up

Looking Back Up

Variable was the word of the day.

Variable was the word of the day.

 All in all a great day in the mountains. The snow wasnt perfect, and we diddn’t bag any big lines, but the weather was perfect and it was fun to explore some new terrain.

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