|Ryan Murray dropping into The Pencil|
Ryan had been scoping a tight chute near the end of the Rooster Comb formation and Google Earth gave us enough optimism that the line would go.
From the top of the Tye Mill chair, Ryan Murray, myself, Joeseph Treftz, and Chris Petry made a rising traverse out to the power lines and from there a descending traverse to the basin below the south end of The Rooster Comb.
We donned skins and Joey T pushed an ambitious skin track out the basin and up the "Could-a" chute near the Rooster Comb/Fleur-de-Lis saddle.
|Skining up with End/Pencil Chute looming above Joe|
|Laying some mean track|
Traversing below our intended line was quite intimidating. We could tell the top was steep and we couldn't make out a clear entrance. We could see a steep roll-over below the entrance and an exposed turn above the bordering cliffs midway down. Nonetheless, we were psyched to check it out and slightly optimistic knowing that besides being quite tight, the line appeared continuous.
|A Broken Spctre just visible above End Chute|
Having seen some snow instabilities on the way up I was proabaly the most reluctant, Chris and Joe were basically silent, but Ryan seemed psyched and we continued discussing exactly how you could ski-it, safe zones, problem turns, etc. After about 10 minutes, Ryan sacked up and dropped in.
He cautiously skiied two tight turns off the entrance before making a hard ski-cut to the left, releasing the chute below, and ducking beneath a small rock outcropping to watch the chute empty. Ryan's background as a couloir crusher from Bridger Bowl was clearly evident, and he continued on, expertly jump turning through the steep rollover. He scrapped his way into position above the constriction/ cliff-turn, and skied out of sight. Moments later he came into view ripping turns in the bottom of the basin. Two poles in the air meant rip it, so we did.
|Ryan giving us a clinic|
|Joey T high in The Pencil|
|And fully commited further down above the constriction|
|Looking towards the Icicle from its headwaters at Lake Josephine|
|Heading out See-Yo with Fleur-de-Lis above Ryan on the left and End Chute above Joe in the center|
|Fleur-de-Lis on the left, End Chute/The Pencil on the right|
|Skiing off the top of Wenatchee Bowl with Lichtenberg and Rock Mtn in the distance|