May 312012
 

Skiing the Devil's Bedstead in the Pioneer Mountains of Idaho.

When any skier first catches sight of the Devil’s Bedstead (11,865′) when driving over Trail Creek Pass, their car stops and jaw drops simultaneously. It is one of Idaho’s classic ski mountaineering objectives. Joe and Craig successfully climbed and skied this gem yesterday. Thin clouds kept the sun’s radiant effect at bay throughout most of the climb which made for “interesting” skinning over hard snow, into breakable crust at mid elevation, and finishing in sastrugi. Luckily the sun penetrated the haze by the time they started their descent and softened the breakable to a manageable condition. Back at the trailhead, cold banquet beers were waiting in the cooler to finish off a perfect spring ski!

Skiing the Devil's Bedstead in the Pioneer Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing the Devil's Bedstead in the Pioneer Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing the Devil's Bedstead in the Pioneer Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing the Devil's Bedstead in the Pioneer Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing the Devil's Bedstead in the Pioneer Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing the Devil's Bedstead in the Pioneer Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing the Devil's Bedstead in the Pioneer Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing the Devil's Bedstead in the Pioneer Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing the Devil's Bedstead in the Pioneer Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing the Devil's Bedstead in the Pioneer Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing the Devil's Bedstead in the Pioneer Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing the Devil's Bedstead in the Pioneer Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing the Devil's Bedstead in the Pioneer Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing the Devil's Bedstead in the Pioneer Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing the Devil's Bedstead in the Pioneer Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing the Devil's Bedstead in the Pioneer Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing the Devil's Bedstead in the Pioneer Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing the Devil's Bedstead in the Pioneer Mountains of Idaho.

Skiing the Devil's Bedstead in the Pioneer Mountains of Idaho.

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  One Response to “The Devil’s Bedstead, Pioneer Mountains, Idaho”

  1. Wow! Looked a bit gnarly- but beautiful! Great job!

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