rock creek falls
I skinned up the approach on skis, alone, in an extremely quiet forest covered in bobcat tracks. When I got to the ice, put the crampons on, and soloed up the falls in ski boots. I rigged an anchor on top and hauled the skis up on a munter hitch. It worked great.
Once on top I stashed the climbing gear and clicked back into my skis. The gully above was a consistent 25-30 degree slope to the plateau 1,000 feet above. I was not expecting such a mellow (and fun) descent, the skiing was blue square terrain all the way back to the ice climb with 2 inches of fresh snow on a crust I was staying on top of.
When I reached the ice I rappelled it, clicked back into my skis and skied the entire approach back to the car. I was back home 4 hours after leaving it that morning. I am excited about this ice/ski and will do it again this year; I highly recommend it.
looking down the ice
Hauling the skis
the gully above the ice
my tracks heading down the mid section of the couloir
The skiing below the falls was a wee-bit bony