Now that the snowpack has filled in to about the 6,500′, the Wasatch backcountry is officially open for the season. This is good in many ways, but one of the biggest benefits is that a low elevation snowpack means that many of the bigger lines are now skiable and most importantly, there are many, many more options available than just Cardiac/Silver & Days.
I brought out my Contour POV camera today, but between the weather being kind of greybird and me pointing it too far towards my feet (you get a sore neck just reviewing it – “Look up! Look up!”) the only worthwhile shots came at the Coalpit rappel/downclimb. I’ve heard a few people say they have seen this filled in enough to ski through, but I have always done some sort of downclimbing or a handline rappel. There are ropes fixed all over this section in various states of decay. Most of the time you can get through without them, but in low snow conditions they add a nice bit of security.
Category: current conditions