I just returned from a four-day yurt trip in eastern Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains. When most people think of eastern Oregon, steep lines and deep powder probably aren’t the first things that come to mind (potatoes and flat plains, perhaps?). But, picture this: 35 inches of snow in four days, a forest of perfectly-spaced burnt trees, and a two-story yurt that sleeps 10 comfortably in bunks around a wood-burning stove.
The first day, we got a six-mile snowmobile tow in from the trailhead, then skinned the remaining two miles and 2,000 vertical feet up to the yurt in Norway Basin. The teepee-like structure was buried in a marshmallow of snow when we got there and the flakes just kept falling. Low visibility and avy danger limited us to mainly lower-angle tree stashes, but the snow was deep enough to keep us entertained.
On our last morning, the clouds parted to reveal the high-alpine terrain that towers above the yurt, steep, varied peaks that rise from the basin floor and shoot into the sky. Here are a few shots from the trip.