Patrick Gephart

Freelance Web Engineer | Alpine Enthusiast

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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

Tenmile Range Snow Observations 1/16/17

Jeff Kepler and I did a short tour up Spruce Creek and rode some fun terrain below Mt. Helen. I dug a snow pit on a E/NE aspect, 11,400 ft, with a slope angle of 35 degrees around 2:40 PM. Deep persistent weak layers were evident but hard to trigger, although in areas that have a shallower snowpack this could change quickly. Some surface instabilities were encountered as well.

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Mayflower Gulch Snow Observations 11/29/16

Some observations from yesterday, 11/29, Mayflower Gulch, Tenmile Range, Summit County:

Skinning up to and above treeline no significant whumpfing or cracking was observed, even in windloaded areas.

A snow profile performed on a NE aspect at treeline, 11,800 ft, with a slope angle of 27 degrees, at 2:22 PM revealed the following observations:

The average snow depth was 40 to 45 cm. From the ground to a depth of 6 cm unconsolidated facets of 1 – 2 mm were observed. Above 6 cm to 24 cm the facets were about the same but slightly more consolidated. At a depth of 24 cm a 2 cm crust layer exists, most likely a result from being the surface layer before the last storm cycle began. Faceting is evident both above and below this crust layer. Above 24 cm to the snow surface exists a fist hard slab containing all of the snow from our current storm cycle.

Pit results were CT11 Q2 and ECTN12 Q2 on the crust layer at 24 cm.

Mohawk Lakes Traverse (Helen Mt. – Father Dyer Peak – Crystal Peak – Pacific Peak)

June 28, 2016

Temperatures began to rise and the remaining alpine snow was quickly disappearing before our eyes. Summer was finally beginning to dominate the high country. Pat “Perry” Johnson and I were eager to transition into approaches involving lighter packs and routes with more rock than snow. We planned for a full day in the alpine knowing that the weather would be bluebird and warm.

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Peak One

March 8, 2016

The beginning of February brought us some really good powder here in Summit County. Just as things were shaping up to be a promising month for snow, a trend of warm weather began and persisted for a period that had everyone dreaming of more pow days. The mild temperatures were a nice break from the ice climbing and avalanche safety level 2 classes I took at CMC Breckenridge. During the avalanche level 2 class we performed snow profiles all around Summit County and things were looking quite stable. Thanks Dan Moroz for such a great class!

Pat “Perry” Johnson and I decided to take advantage of the relatively stable conditions and go after a bigger line. After some thought we decided to climb Peak One from Mt. Royal and tentatively descend the eastern ridge, leaving us some room to judge the conditions once onsite and maybe take a different line.  We skinned up to the top of Mt. Royal and transitioned to crampons at the start of the ridge to the summit of Peak One.

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