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Skiing Utah's Lisa Falls Couloir

My friend Jackson and I summited Twin Peaks at about noon, a fairly casual hour for a south-facing line. The day was warm and we knew we had to move quickly, so we did a couple of ski cuts, then dropped in. There were no other tracks in the snow that had fallen the morning prior, and the skiing was just peachy. It started with a great couloir at the top, followed by open GS turns somewhere in the middle, and a wonderful creek bed to finish things off.
February 2016 5

February 2016 5

We happened to nail it in great powder that hadn t begun to get too wet with warming. Apparently, there s an exit from the creek bed on the left side that involves some bootpacking, but in our mirthful state, we neglected to do that. After a good amount of hopping about in the creek bed and connecting snow together to continue sliding, we eventually came to a cliff that did not look like we could safely down climb it. Fortunately, the rope and other supplies we had with us were very much useful.
February 2016 11

February 2016 11

After looking around for anything to use as an anchor, our options were narrowed down to using a torso sized rock as a deadman anchor. This consisted of wrapping the rock up with some cord, burying it deep in the snow, and playing rock-paper-scissors to see who would rappel first. I threw scissors and Jackson threw rock, and a few minutes later I was standing in a shin-deep pool 80 feet below. There was more creek bed skiing until we arrived at the top of the popular Lisa Falls rock climbing spot. After scrambling down and around the side, we put our skis back on and chased each other to the road. Enough adventure was had for the day, so we decided to hitchhike back to the car and get burritos. Ben White

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