Across From Two Oceans

Disappointment Peak was swiftly followed up with more mellow slopes in Togwotee Pass, the mountain pass between the Tetons and Lander.

Andrea, Martin and I first skied the area about two weeks before, when they were leaving Lander for Jackson. This time around Alyssa and I were leaving Jackson for Lander, and it didn't take us a few hours bushwhacking to figure out where we wanted to go.

Up

The approach started mellow, short and easy off the road, and Martin charged through the deep goodness.

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Martin & Andrea breaking trail for us

Alyssa and I got to take our time in the back and enjoy the view.

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Alyssa and Two Oceans

The weather was a nice contrast to what we had gone through the day before in the Tetons, with nary a sight of the sun. This time, it wasn't long until we had dropped our shells and were enjoying a skin-up in baselayers.

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Martin in the sunshine

Martin took us to a clearing that looked like good fun, but needed investigation. He went off and put himself in the line of fire to check a pit, and I took lead on trail breaking. Things got steep and funky from there. I think this photo of Alyssa sums it up well.

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From the "How to Kickturn" handbook

Eventually, it got to the point that attempting to go up via my route just got silly, so we did our run.

Seriously, it got deep.
Seriously, it got deep.

Down

Our first run was short, but outrageous.

I used my camera as an excuse to go first again, and got some fun snaps of Martin's stylish ... style.

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Martin starts his run, poaching the only other drop
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The best rooster tail I've ever caught
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Andrea making do with where I dropped in

Poor Alyssa went last, and over the same spot Andrea and I had. By the time Andrea and I went through it, we'd scraped all the snow off, and Alyssa ended up caught in our debris and tracks. I've got a bunch of photos of her, but I don't think she'd want most of them seen by people.

Still, she made the best of it on her way down!

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I have no idea how that white stuff got on her helmet.

 And Up Again

None of us took  much convincing that a second run was in order.

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Starting up for the second run. The meadow we cruised in the background

Martin found a new spot for us, past an area of instability that I couldn't navigate on my way up, and so we got new tracks for run number two. I didn't get the camera out for it though

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Alyssa and Andrea scoping their run, just below the rockline. What you see on their faces is referred to as "stoke"

And Down Again

Martin and I took one line, Alyssa and Andrea another. Martin scouted ours and took off a good amount of snow, but my board's no longer hurt by rocks. The three meter drop after the scrape caught me a bit off guard, but WAHOOOO!

I didn't manage to get my camera out, but Andrea got this amazing one of Alyssa that makes up for my poor turn earlier.

Alyssa dropping line #2. Photo Andrea
Alyssa dropping line #2. Photo Andrea

After run number two there was Much Rejoicing, followed by a really enjoyable traverse back to the road,

Photo Martin or Andrea (the tracks make me think Martin)
Traversing out - Photo Martin or Andrea (the tracks make me think Martin)

And .. Done

It took no time at all to get down to the road, where we got to see some amazing light from the setting sun and where we realized we had a terrific view of our lines up above us.

Martin and Andrea pointing at the rock-band we started our second run from
Martin and Andrea pointing at the rock-band we started our second run from
High fiving the sun
High fiving the sun
I probably shouldn't put this on the internet. Sorry guys.
I probably shouldn't put this on the internet. Sorry guys.

Mr Gradles was waiting for us in the car, which I got to first. He was pretty happy to change the snow to a different color, and see his mom again.

Grady just finished relieving himself, and then sees Alyssa. He's off!
Grady just finished relieving himself, and then sees Alyssa. He's off!
I don't know who's happier!
I don't know who's happier!
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Togwotee has some great formations

Andrea, Martin and I got together again a few days later for more adventures in TNP.

Stay tuned.