a pretty good day
February 15, 2009
This has been a pretty remarkable year in the Utah backcountry. Not only are we getting lots of snow, but the snow is generally well-behaved. So sort of the opposite of my kids.
A benefit to having a largish group of guys willing to get up at 5am to hike in the dark and ski in the cold is that when, say, 4 or 5 guys CAN’T go, 1 or 2 pretty much always CAN go.
So Saturday me n Mark n Jon got up, got word of those who couldn’t make it, bowed our heads in silence for a second to mourn their absence, then drove up Little Cottonwood to enjoy the feast.
Mark very much doesn’t like the look of that cornice. “You’ll be FINE” me n Jon kept yelling. “No Worries!” Yes, sometimes we follow the existing skin track a little too closely.
So next time Mark took out some anger on a smaller, defenseless cornice:
The line (and the only part of me IN a picture, since I had the camera). Yeah, it’s pretty much bottomless blower:
Mark enjoying some cold smoke:
We did have to do some walking.
Picking our way along the ridge:
After several shots on the north, the long south shot back to the car, um, didn’t suck very much either:
And, another storm on tap for tomorrow night.
If you don’t ski, um, why not?