Mt. Conness/Saddlebag Lake, CA
June 15, 2002

Skiers: Matthew Reagan, Mark Kim, "Stonefiend" Keith, Paul and Friends.

I had one Saturday to spare, and damn it, I was going to ski. Telemarktips provided the contacts, caffiene got me on the road by 5am, and good weather made steep, remote lines possible. What an awesome day.

My photos of this event are still floating around the Target photo lab system, but here are some shots kindly sent by Mark Kim.

photo by Mark Kim
West Shore of Saddlebag Lake

Hiking across deep suncups to reach the goods.

photo by Mark Kim
Top of the East Ridge Bowl

Mark and I dropped in here, while Paul and Co. booted up to ski the somewhat steeper headwall.

photo by Mark Kim
East Ridge

From left to right, the East Bowl headwall, the Conness Lakes Basin, and North Peak. GPS chute emerges from behind the rock buttress just beyond the lower right corner of the photo.

photo by Mark Kim

Assembling gear at the north end of Saddlebag Lake, we meet boat pilot Paul (of Greg and Paul's) and friends. Perfect timing, because we got a guided tour of the best terrain.

photo by Mark Kim
North Peak

An unmistakable feature of the Conness area, its north face provides seriously burly skiing and late-season ice climbing.

photo by Mark Kim
Steep and Smooth

Forty degrees is a bit steep for my developing telemark technique, so I tightened up the Hammerheads and turned 'em together. That's good corn.

Fellow TTipster Steeleman made another recent trip to Conness. A bit burly for my taste, but good reading!

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