A forecasted weather system coming in two days left us debating our plan of action moving forward. There was one week left on our permitted window on the mountain, and our team had ridden just about every line on the mountain except one, Black Rock peak off the North Summit. This face had only been skied once in 2007, on a session spearheaded by Clark Fyans, Chris Davenport and Greg Collins. This striking face made up of several couloirs stares you in the face along West Buttress with an undeniable attraction.
The idea of putting tracks down this elusive canvas minimized the fact that I was completely beat from the previous day's outing on the Orient. Motivated that this would possibly be the last chance for stable weather, the eight of us set out on one final push. Without saying much, everyone chose a line that looked appealing to them and slowly made their way back up to Denali Pass to climb up the backside of the peak.
The route wanders through a maze of loose smooth black stones to reach the top of the lines. By some magical alignment of the stars, everyone safely navigated down the face in smooth and soft conditions with their own signature style. Perhaps the most impressive to me was our token surfer, Ian Walsh, completely out of his comfort zone and making a proud first snowboard descent.