First off let me say that having "fans" is funny in its own right and when the moose and treepilot emailed me and wondered if I would ski with them I could not refuse. Actually Treepilot has invited me in the past but it was never the right time.
It had snowed 40-50cm in the last few days and I was worried that we had hit tipping point and I wondered where we could go. Guessing that the 40 cm was enough to hide any sun crust we headed up Mcgill shoulder. This place is always great to go especially when avalanche hazard is high or extreme. The terrain can be negotiated and start zones either avoided or pushed off.
I met the boys n the parking lot and was psyched to see that the moose had the split dynafit set up going on. First day for him. We headed up and set the skin track for our laps. Whummfing and lots of snow had us eyeing any thing large so we played safe and skied the conservative lines through the glades. Deep and fast teh skiing was great. Once the skin track was in the boys decided to tell me that they hoped to get to 12000 ft, looking at my watch we had 5300 feet in by 12 and with 6 hours of light left we could probable beat their record and maybe hit 12.
My internal coach kicked in and we wasted little time; but they had taken 3 weeks of touring and eventually legs began to tire. We worked the Mcgill hill till we crested 11 000 feet and called it a day. A personal best for both of them; and a solid day for me.