kids, stay in school!
March 24, 2009
You know how when you have a baby, and you’re so proud, because you’ve never had a baby before, and even though it hurt, and brought you a whole new set of problems you never envisioned, or maybe you did and had a baby anyway, and even though you’re now exhausted, you are SO happy you had that baby, and wouldn’t trade it for anything?
Right. Me neither. Cuz you know, I’m a man.
But still. Today I took Ian backcountry skiing for the first time. Ian’s first Dawn Patrol. To one of my favorite shots, Scotties Bowl in Little Cottonwood Canyon, on a day with untracked boot top powder.
Ian had no problem getting up at 4:45am, which is something that’s hard to say about most 14 year olds, and also no problem missing his 8th grade science test to hit 2500 feet of bliss. Although the Rockstar he drank in the car on the way DID give him some trouble. But only for a bit.
Here’s Ian, hiking in the dark at 6am:
Still going. He can see the ridge, he can smell the ridge:
And we’re ON the ridge:
Ian’s first de-skinning transition. We’re still working on this.
The group transition shot, on the cornice Ian couldn’t keep his eyes off:
Ian doing the two step drop in all his steezy glory:
And he’s in:
Ian killing the chute, acting like he was born there:
Bob got me dropping in old man spazmatic glory style. (Thanks Bob):
Ian cranking the big mountain turns halfway down:
A quick break. Notice the tongue:
And we’re down. The bridge and the parking lot are all that remain.
Oh, did I mention this part? Sorry.
The only problem now? How do I keep him going to school? Kids! Stay in School! There’s no money in this.