The Sliver (photographer unknown)
I dropped in first to check the snow stability while Brent had me on belay. After downclimbing the length of the rope, Brent followed on rappel. By this time the front had moved in at full force, and powerful winds blew snow in our faces. Halfway through the "hanging" section of the couloir (requiring a rappel in and out), I lowered Brent off a rock horn with a Munter hitch to the top of the second rappel. I downclimbed behind him, and we both rapped the lower cliff, using every inch of the 40m rope, slipping off the ends onto a steep patch of snow just below a large chockstone. We strapped in here and rode out the main section of the East and the lower half of the West Hourglass. Unfortunately, the pristine powder we had scoped from above turned out to be extremely wind affected. The skiing was mostly crap (and a bit dangerous) until we reached the West, where we hung a right, and made some big turns in soft bleached flour. We arrived at camp at around 4:00pm, almost 12 hours from start! After initially planning to camp a second night, we decided to leave that evening, due to the deteriorating conditions.
It was dark. I fell in a frozen lake up to my neck. We got lost. We argued. I became mildly hypothermic. We camped off-trail in driving rain. Brent made camp while I warmed up in a damp sleeping bag. We slept poorly. We found the right trail in the morning, and made it home in time for breakfast. Done. Season over.
Regretfully, the photos we took are of poor quality. I had forgotten the battery pack for my camera, and Brent's was accidentally set to a slow shutter speed. But here they are (I've included one from the web). I guess we will just have to return here again next year, when conditions are better and cameras are in full operation!
The Teton Range (Nez Perce is the 3rd peak to the left of the Grand, the tallest among them)