Incredible Hulk Take 3

I’ve tried to ski the Incredible Hulk 3 times this season. The first time, it was -17 degrees F, and we simply went up the wrong drainage and ended up on the other side of it, but didn’t know it. The 2nd time, the couloir was firm, bordering on icy, and the people who had skied it the day before us did not help the conditions by sideslipping the whole thing. I was relieved when my touring partner and former King of the Hill champion Will B wanted to turn around too. Sometime early last week, I decided I was due for an ass kicking and so I rallied my friend Greg to head back to the Hulk. We started hiking around 9:30 AM Saturday on the dry trail out towards Barney Lake from Twin Lakes.

The hike in was sporty at times. Here is Greg crossing the beaver dams.


Greg is happy to be on snow with skis on the feet


The Incredible Hulk comes into view. Still no sign of it turning green. (Photo by Greg Marsden)


Greg making the stairway to heaven or something like that.


Grunting my way up the couloir… incredible photo by Greg Marsden! NO FILTER!


Smiling because he’s within steps of the top!


The view from the top was stunning and inspiring


The author getting into the wider portion of the chute. Photo by Greg Marsden


Opening it up more after the crux. Photo by Greg Marsden


The only reasonable pic I snapped of Greg! Poor photography skills today!


We got to open it up a bit after the couloir and ski out an additional 1,000 vertical feet or so and then it was back to walking.

A hop, skip, and a jump and back to the 2 mile trail out


By the time we reached the car, we were exhausted and ready to get out of our ski boots! The best part of skiing in the Eastern Sierras are the nearby hotsprings so we headed to Travertine Pools to soak and take in the sunset!

Sunset over the Sawtooths. What a place! Photo by Greg


Thanks to Greg for being such a great touring partner and capturing the moment with his photography skills! Hopefully the snow sticks around long enough for us to check off more lines this spring!

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