Huge climbing walls of the Owens river gorge.
Twinkle Toes lead climb
The tiniest toe holds make for sketchy lead climbing.
Maria can find foot places where most of us can't reach.
Owens River Gorge (Oil Painting)
California Mine Shaft
Stairway to climbing Heaven
Slip & Slide Straight Arm
Brian House straight arms a Super fun climbing route called Slip & Slide.
Sip & Slide
Upper section of Slip & Slide turns to crack climbing. Awesome route with varied styles of climbing.
Mid wall shoe swap
The rope wasn't quite long enough so Maria had to switch from belaying to climbing from her precarious perch on the wall.
Partners who climb together are always connected
3,600 ft monster couloir near Bishop California. There's nothing like being totally WALLED in the backcountry.
Convict Lake reflection
Unknown peak reflects off Convict Lake. On the left there's a slide path that runs directly to the lake's shore. It is calling me to be skied.
Going to The Pinner
A mix of booting and skiing is the way to the Pinner. (mostly booting)
The final open view before being totally walled in the Pinner Couloir. Looking back at Convict Lake and where we started.
Entering Pinner Couloir
About to get totally walled.
Entering Pinner Couloir (oil painting)
The pinner couloir is a frequent runner. Avalanches often. The snow here is a complete field of avy debris. Avalanche debris is usually rock hard chunks of uneven snow. Skiing avalanche debris is kinda like driving on a really rough dirt road. Fortunately the avalanche debris here was not solidified chances and skied surprisingly well. The debris here was like skiing through little soft snowballs which the skis could cut through nicely.
Skiing the Pinner Couloir
Comstock slaying the Pinner Couloir
Finally I got on the other side of the camera and made the most of it in the Pinner.
Comstock down the Pinner
Mtn House Totally Walled
Brian House gets totally walled in the Pinner.
Skiing the Pinner
Hitting the Pinner
Brian going down 3,600 feet
Painting Mount Tom
Early morning light on the massive Mount Tom and a dusting of snow at the campsite.
Mount TOM alpen glow
Sierra Range North Bishop
Panorama of the Sierra Range north of Bishop California