Patrick Gephart

Freelance Web Engineer | Alpine Enthusiast

Tag: gore range

2016/2017 Season Edit

The 2016/2017 winter was hands down the best seasons I have ever had on a splitboard and snowboard. With the help of some great partners and a stabler Colorado snowpack, I was able to pursue my goal of climbing and riding more technical lines in the backcountry. The entire process of pursuing technical objectives is what I enjoy the most. The problem solving needed to ice/mixed climb a couloir and safely descend, the snowpack analysis through an entire season, and the judgement needed to know when to turn around are all parts that make up the equation of splitboard mountaineering that I love.

Much thanks to Weston Snowboards for their tremendous support and providing me with the absolute best splitboard for both freestyle/freeride and mountaineering, as well as all of the backcountry partners and mentors that have helped me progress in snow science, ice climbing, rock climbing, and backcountry knowledge.

Song: Yo La Tengo – The Room Got Heavy

SE Gore Range Snow Observations 12/19/16

Snow observations from the SE Gore Range, Summit County:

The overall depth of snow has really increased in the past week. I performed a quick snow profile on a SE face, slope angle of 32 degrees, below treeline, at an elevation of 11,000 ft. around 10:50 AM. No wind loading was evident in this area although wind loading is prevalent above treeline and would most likely hold a different looking snow pack than what was observed here.

The average depth of the snow pack in this area was 100-110 cm. From the ground to a depth of 20 cm a 4 finger hard depth of hoar with 2-3 mm facets exists. From 20 cm to 60 cm a 1 finger hard slab was observed, with a 1 finger hard slab above it to 80 cm. Above 80 cm to the snow surface a first hard slab exists which contains the snow from the previous storm cycle.

The stability test results were CT 22 Q3 at 80 cm and CT 19 Q2 at 20 cm.

Uneva Peak

March 20, 2015

Venturing into the Gore Range, Jeff Kepler and I approached from Frisco in the east to Uneva Peak. After a difficult climb through the pines and above treeline, Uneva Peak revealed a bounty of terrain.

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