Sunday, March 1, 2009

Eastern Oregon's Hidden Secret

Well Art and I aren't a pair to mess with. Without laying out a schedule we both get up around 7am, have our shite ready and we're out the door by 8 each day. That's just how the week has panned out. We joined a 10 other friends in the Wallowas a week prior for a four day yurtopic Presidents Day weekend, which was really fun but we didn't end up skiing the most challenging terrain. Due to orographic snow McCully Basin received +- 40CM in the last 4 days and high avalanche conditions.

Now it was our last bc ski day before we had to head back to PDX. Thursday we drove from Teton Pass we drove to Baker City to crash at my friend Ryan's apt. We explained to him that we were going to explore what Anthony Lakes had to offer. Ryan had never been there before either, but was planning to over the weekend.

It took about 40 minutes from Baker to get to the little parking area at Anthony Lakes. Driving up Art and I kept on commenting on the terrain. It looked like a playground of little drops and steep shots. The only question that we had was how was the snow and what did the stability look like. No one posts avy data for this part of the Blues (I think?.) Which is good and bad. Good because it may keep folks out of the bc and bad for us folks who do venture in.

After viewing the 1940/50's lodge we bought our $6.00 single-ride lift ticket and headed to the 8000' summit on the fixed triple.

From the top it's an easy 10/15 minute traverse to the bc. There we got a view of the upper bowl, which is not patrolled, and other shots that drop you off onto Anthony Lake.

We spent the day cutting cornices, digging snow pits and plauing chutes and ladders into the talus filled bowl.

There are lines here for all abilities- We just explored one little peak and there are 2-3 more to explore at a later date. Definately looking foward to it!

Map Here:,-118.225594&spn=0.035109,0.090981&t=p&z=14

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