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:


Dropping in:

dropping in

Rob, tearing it up:





Worth getting up for.

5 Responses to “worth getting up for”

  1. mark Says:

    Too bad. But what I really want to hear is your heli free wasatch conversion story.

  2. bikemike Says:

    the route, up coalpit, looks just like the route i took going up everest in ’52. sir edmund had called me for pointers and i’d only attempted it once before. so, i thought i should do a final ascent, you know, just to make sure it was going to work.
    he took all the glory, of course, but i was first. go ahead and ask him.
    yep, that’s exactly what it looked like…exactly.

    do you guys use bottled oxygen at the top?

  3. UtRider Says:

    That’s what she said.

  4. rob Says:

    The pictures look much less spazzy than I felt while skiing…but that last one is pure style – backseat, hands on the ground.

    Totally worth getting up for it.

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