Today we were a bit sore from yesterday but in good spirits. I figured it would take 3 hours to get from camp at Foot Bridge to near Andrew's Pass, counting elevation gain about 3k feet. I did not take into account some very gentle switchbacks, down trees, or booting up a couloir, all which ate up considerable time, adding perhaps 1-1.5 hours.
|One not so large deadfall to negotiate over|
|Down trees largely covered by snow makes easier travel|
We looked at the map and the trail heading up from July campground was not very direct, so we found a couloir that looked to be relatively safe and good climbing, strapped the skis to the packs and started booting.
|Looking back down the couloir, barely into it|
|Following the best booting snow led us to the right. Once we made sure the couloir went we committed to it and had to boot sideways to get back into the meat of it|
Once we got to the top of couloir we could see the general direction we needed to head and it was pretty easy walking.
We got to Andrew's Pass quickly. This was to be camp for the next few days.