Like many great adventures, inspiration for the Cham struck late the night before our anticipated alpine start. My very close friend Doug Burns was recently accepted to medical school, so we had to have one last ski trip together before Doug started a new four year chapter of his life on the ice coast. Our other close friend AJ Dayvie joined us and brought along Suisho, his tricked out Delica four wheel drive van. Leaving Bozeman just after ten pm, we arrived at the East Rosebud Canyon trail head around 12:30 am.
After two hours of dry trail, wobbly talus walking, and precarious deadfall navigation, we made it to the entrance of the couloir. Predominately still traveling on talus at this point, we transitioned to ski boots before the real climbing started, and stashed our approach shoes and unused skins. Although we knew where we needed to be to start booting up the couloir, we had to decide which route we wanted to take to bypass some open waterfalls and steep rock steps. We meandered our way through the rocky maze and got to continuous snow in about 40 minutes.