Saturday, June 20, 2009

Snowboarding Mt. Dana, Yosemite National Park

Pictures from a trip to Mt. Dana with Jürgen on June 6, 2009. The sun sets as I'm driving towards Tioga Pass.

We park outside the park boundary and sleep in the car. The night is short, and the morning beautiful.

We hike up the road towards the park entrance, and then cross the Dana Meadows towards Mt. Dana. We don't see the trail initially but the mountain would be hard to miss. Beautiful little lakes in this area.

We find the trail on the western slope of the mountain and hike up the switchbacks. Looking west, Mammoth Peak to the left.

Arriving at the first snow field we switch to snow travel. Powder in June!

Jürgen skinning up the slope.

The snowfields allow us to travel efficiently until we hit the boulder field near the summit, a bit after the entrance to the Solistice Couloir.

We leave our gear behind and walk to the summit. The views are nice, even with the clouds rolling in.

The Dana Couloir looks like a sweet ride and will be on my list for next season.

This time we skip it because the coverage in the valley below the couloir is less complete than on Dana's western slopes.

We hike down over the rocks and pick up our gear.

Even if it's a mellow slope, no regrets for bringing the powderstick.

We draw some lines into the slope ...

... and ride the snow field until it becomes dirt.

I realize that even the greatest winter season must end eventually.

On the way home we stop for the flooded forest near Tenaya Lake.

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