February 04, 2017

Skiing the Aemmer Couloir on Mt. Temple


The Aemmer Couloir was the first bit of steepish skiing that I did in the Rockies. It was probably in the spring of 2004 and Chris Brazeau and I did it in pretty firm conditions. Since then, I have always imagined what it would be like in more civilized nick - to quote the Brits. 

In Dec 2016, I teamed up with the Austrian Mafia - Sepp and Gery - for a few days of frenzied ski activity. Over three days, We skied off Emerald Peak, The Aemmer Couloir and the North Face of Mt. Whymper.  The Avalanche "Green Brick" was upon us which meant early wake-ups and minor relationship stress were de rigeur. But at the end of the day, nobody remembers the disagreements and all that remains are the good memories... right??? 

At the time, this was my second descent of the Aemmer and will probably be the best conditions that I ever ski it in. I have since gone on to ski it two more times and, while always exciting, I have yet to find those faceshot conditions agains.


The Holy North Face of Mt. Temple