Joined: Fri Nov 02, 2007 4:42 am Posts: 304 Location: Girdwood, AK!!!
Woke up this morning with BIG plans for the day for we've had a high pressure system sitting on us for a while now creating LOW avy conditions for the past week. But with high pressure comes COLD temperatures! Watch This...
(click on the photo and it will play a short clip)
Yes, you can make "snow" out of hot water when it's
NEGATIVE 29 DEGREES OUTSIDE!!!
But like I said in the video, "Let's go skiing!" by which I mean snowboarding of course. So we loaded up and headed out for TT4430 which stands for Terrain Trap 4430'. You definitely need LOW avy conditions for this one. So here we are testing the waters
for you surely do not want to fall in and get wet today!
and making our way toward the objective
Did I mention it's cold out?
So, as you can see, the whole mountainside funnels into a big bowl and down a tight canyon. Hence the name TT. We skinned straight up the canyon and then broke lookers right up the "safety zone" of the shoulder. Except it was bullet proof ice. My buddy "crawling" in the"relatively" flats
The ice wall took us by surprise and we expended much much more time and energy then was expected. But we topped out after some very harrowing experiences.
(note to self, invest in a whippet and some crampons!)
After battling the ice we were both mentally and physically exhausted. And the daylight goes fast here still, so we decided to call it a day and make our return home via some pow on the south side.
(notice the raised bootpack from wind blasting)
Oh look at all those beautiful lines to be had
and back into the heart of the beast
with my ski partner who apparently dreams of being a rider
Aaah one last look
I'll be back!!! (and maybe one day I'll post some "action" shots) For now, more snow is on it's way! Hope ya'll are getting some too. Suckas
_________________ If you had a moderate chance of being shot in a bar, would you go in? -Tom Kimbrough, former Utah forcaster