Shit For Brains Couloir, Black Mountain
Shit for Brains is an iconic Summit County line on Black Mountain near A-Basin. You can see this beautiful line by just looking west towards Grays/Torreys from most of the county. Ive ridden this a few times now, on both ends of the scale from blower powder to bulletproof crust, and it never gets old. There are several options for the approach. The most common being to take the ridge to climbers left of dog-leg chute up to gain the Grizzly-Black Mountain ridge and then traverse over to Brains. This option I think is the most fun due to a bit of traverse scrambling. Another popular route is to just attack it directly by just booting straight up.
First attempt at it, Greg and I tried to traverse over all the way from Loveland Pass. We got shut down at about daves wave due to blizzard conditions. Second attempt was a success with Greg and we decided the L. Pass idea wasn't the best and took the approach ridge near dog-leg. We encountered great conditions with about 4-6in of fresh blower. Another notable time was with Mike Bannister, which was during a very bad snow year. This resulted in bulletproof crust the whole way with spotty coverage nearing the apron. I was able to get the line in this time from top to bottom which I was stoked about. Check out the video!!
I seem to always enjoy my shit for brains! This is a great area and also one of my favorite zones in summit county. Can't wait to get back for some more fun!
WATCH THE VIDEO ... SHIT FOR BRAINS