worth getting up for
April 14, 2010
We got a bit of snow, which made not being able to ride my new bike a little less painful. The national weather service forecast site for Little Cottonwood Canyon was telling me LCC got about a foot, and that the cloud cover and snow squalls would continue into the evening yesterday, making me think that today would be one of those fresh-snow-on-all-aspects bomber April days.
Only wonder twin Rob and I were up for it, and we met at the usual time in the usual place, and since Rob is busy designing sewer systems or something at work, we had to keep it short. Which generally means Scotties.
We were underwhelmed once we started up. You know the snow is less than ideal when you plant your pole, it disappears below the surface, but won’t come back up, because the crust on top won’t let it.
But by about halfway up, the snow got softer and deeper, our flagging spirits were buoyed, and we stopped feeling as if we’d made a terrible mistake.
Everything turned out okay. Although, on the descent, to describe the snow on the lower half of Scotties as “variable” would be charitable. On the last pitch, Rob got tired of turning in alternating mank and breakable crust, and just straightlined to the bottom.
On the up:
The views were nice:
Reminiscing about Coalpit:
Rob, tearing it up:
Worth getting up for.