Keep It Going Boys and Plan Those Ski Tours


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | June 4, 2007      

Bob sent me the photo below, figured we’d better head up there for a few days to the semi-secret spot. Trip planning is fun. First I got the NOAA weather synopsis, looks like a good window Monday and Tuesday in central Colorado. Then off to Topozone for a few GPS numbers. We may be doing some approaches in the dark — who wants to wander around like a goofy springtime Ptarmigan when yet another of Colorado’s nearly infinite variety of couloirs awaits the kiss of glisse? A quick email to a few web clients letting them know I’m pulling the plug for a few days, and don’t forget to call the dentist and cancel Monday’s appointment (heck, I’ll just floss more). Full report Tuesday, about the skiing, not the flossing.

Planning the backcountry skiing descents.
Looks good, still enough snow a few days later? We’ll see.

Ice axe lessons.
Time to review a bit of safety technique. Colorado snow this time of year starts to become summer neive. If you fall, you’re not stopping unless you’ve got your self arrest technique covered. We’ll do some real-world practice as well. That’s a shiny new Black Diamond 55 cm Raven Ultra that Louie got for an end-of-school present from Alan G., a former guiding client of mine. Thanks Alan! (The book, “Mountaineering Freedom of the Hills” of course!)


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3 Responses to “Keep It Going Boys and Plan Those Ski Tours”

  1. Mark June 4th, 2007 5:50 am

    Secret spot, eh? It looks unreal as usual. Louie’s got the best outdoor textbook around, and my advice is to study up AND practice things like self-arrest. I’ve only had one time where I really needed to self-arrest with my axe, but perfect peak-bagging conditions caused me to take a wild slide without it in hand. Enjoy the peaks.

  2. Kirk June 4th, 2007 6:11 am

    mmmmhhh, that big gully in the right of the photo looks tasty.

  3. Seth June 8th, 2007 12:58 pm

    Hey Lou,

    Seth here. I plan to shoot the Griz Sunday AM…

    btw, do you have a fan photo for me from skiing at OR?

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