We had some great conversation on the drive up as the snow fell. As you can see above the weather was great - windy, snowing, with occasional glimpses of the sun. The previous week's weather had been snow, snow, snow with light accumulations each day. Looks like it's going to be a great day!
|This was the view I had all morning - the rear of John and Dylan|
|A glimpse of sunshine on the way up|
John took the lead since the snow had covered up any sign of a skin track. He didn't relinquish it much all day, breaking trail; while I struggled to keep up with him and Dylan. It was a good move on our part to invite him - the guy is a machine. After a couple of hours we had climbed just below the summit and decided to de-skin and make a run down a protected line.
|Dylan blowing smoke|
We skinned all the way to the summit for our second run. John pointed out a big crack in the cornice that must have been 30-40 feet from the lip. It was hard to imagine that back on Jan 2 we were at this very spot looking over the edge of a much smaller cornice.
This second run was a bit tricky. It had warmed up a bit and with the wind blowing there was much more of a crust. Still had a great run, but it was a little tough for the tele guys!
After the second run we called it a day and skied on out to the car. All told we climbed 3000 feet and skied about 2500 feet of vertical. Another great day!