Wednesday
Mar312010

Avalanche Hazard high once again

Yup once again this season the avalanche hazard has hit high. Up to 40 cm of new snow has fallen over the last two days accompanied with wind. So touring up Connaught we noticed huge winddrifts, and deep wind slab. The new snow also came in warm so its heavy and has a slab like quality to it.

We played it safe but still managed to trigger 6 smaller avalanches, (don't worry Mom these were expected!). So its definitely on the tipping point right now. But overall this load should be good as it has shocked the snowpack and once it settles it should "bridge" over the deeper instabilities and allow for some great spring skiing.

All is well otherwise, just trucking along around 535 right now and getting all sorts of future plans set up. Working on where to live and ski in SA, and also organizing the St-Elias trip. So lots to dream about and set up.

More on that later, time to ski.

 

Thursday
Mar252010

511 051 ft

Yesterday I finished off the first quarter of this mission. It felt amazing, 500 000 done by March 24. Awesome.  And what was my next thought? "great now I can focus on a million!!!"

Its been amazing, excruciating,challenging. Its a challenge that is requiring all I have. Focus, commitment, complete dedication. I cannot imagine what will happen in the next three quarters but the first has been everything I could have wished for. 23 summits, endless skiing and the hardest thing I have ever done.

Looking forward to the rest.

Sunday
Mar212010

Balance

I am up at whitecap alpine, a great ski touring lodge north of Whistler where I guide occasionally. Its a fun zone with lots to ski. Playing it a little conservative with all the accidents lately, but still finding great turns. anyhow here is the latest movie
Friday
Mar192010

Staying Young Forever

Its a funny moment in life when you realize that you may be part of the "older" crowd, although we still think young,act young, kinda look young we might actually be ageing. But hey if we are the 30 something crowd that is still active then I can accept being the mid thirties crowd.

With no plan we headed up to Rogers Pass and decided on Young's Peak, we had attempted this on monday but avalanches on all aspects made us turn around. But with time things are somewhat more stable and we aimed our skis towards Young's peak.  On the way I headed up Lookout mountain and had a direct view into a line I have wanted to ski for awhile.

I knew that Joey,Danielle and Christina were dreaming of the Forever Young couloir (A) but I had such a  great look into option B that I was probable not going to ski the couloir for the 15th time but ski this new line for my first time. Looking down it I could not believe that I had never ventured down. We headed up to the summit of Young's and I kept getting excited about the prospect of skiing this line. Small shots of adrenaline made me ski over and look down it again while the gang skied the couloir. Looking down I knew that today was the day and I carved into the slope, a couple of ski cuts got my slough moving but overall nothing so I let go and enjoyed the line.  A little deek around the waterfall at the bottom and I rejoined the group. 

Always inspiring to be able to ski new lines.

Tuesday
Mar162010

skiing with some fans

 

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.

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