1.9 mill

oh yahhhhh  did that ever feel great. For so much of this quest I have questioned whether I would make it or not. I have wondered to what point will I make it and then collapse or hurt myself. Now I am 95% of the way there and 2 weeks to go… 99 500 ft to go in 2 weeks, its very feasible. And if the skiing stays like it is it will be easy to go for that extra lap of wicked powder skiing. There is still so much that could go wrong but I am so close. A ten year old dream has almost happened, all this focus and commitment for the whole year and I have almost accomplished it. Wowsers.. I wonder what it will feel like to wake up on Jan 1st and have no goal to accomplish, just one to think back on. When we go to the hotsprings and I am sitting there relaxing with the family, reflecting on the past year of incredible challenge, it should feel great. Probable mixed in with a sense of “what’s next?” but content that for one whole year I challenged myself and drove myself to my personal best.

Yesterday, Conor, Chris Reubens and myself headed up Ursus Minor summit for a wild ski off the NW. While we were climbing up the ridge I had the best vantage point of Video Peak. Hearing a holler I looked over and watched as my friend Jeff shredded the untracked peak, it looked amazing from our angle and was so fun to witness. It is so good right now, 30-50 cms of light powder lying on all aspects.  Jeff had some serious powder contrails flowing off behind him as he enjoyed Roger’s pass at its best.

Its so exciting that almost every foot from now to the end could be amazing powder skiing. When we skied off Ursus minor the turns were awesome, and then we ended up down in the dark, cold and deeply frozen I didn’t waste much time before I had skinned up and was on my way up 8812. Awhile later we toured up through the glacier and onto the summit. 

Chris’s 3 new summit in 2 days, and all great powder skiing. Some alpen glow turns off 8812 down the north and then up to Bruins pass. A great finish down to the trail and home….

Sunrise to sunset

I went out early this morning and wracked up a bit of vert, than I went and got Charley and we had a Dad Daughter Date. Which was great, just the two of us skiing.Then I headed out late and skied home in the dark. Ok sunrise in the morning and a great sunset at night.

The other day I tried a new gear combo that will be my weapons of choice for the rest of his quest. The Stokes 173 cm with the TLT5’s. I felt that the 182 overpowered the TLT5’s but the 173’s are awesome, powder slaying tools. Easy walking and powerfull shredding. Perfect.

The snow has been falling consistently and is getting deeper and deeper through all elevations. Higher elevations got wind smashed teh other day and are easily triggered but the trees are in shape and shreddable.

18 days left to this madness, wow. still lots of hard work and a fight till the end. But attainable. Oh yahhhh.

Missed opportunity…

Life is about seeing opportunities and taking them.

I headed up to Chatter Creek with the Arcteryx gang for some video testimonials and some photos. Chatter creek is an awesome cat skiing business just north of Golden, the terrain is endless and the lodge amazing. When we arrived the place was over run by 20 young canadian military, they were in the process of finishing a two week intensive course on skiing and avalanches. We headed out for some photos in the evening light and then skied back down to the lodge. Almost immediately I switched to my light setup and I went for 2 more hours of skinning/ tree skiing. It got quite dark and I ended up doing two runs with my little headlamp. When I got back to the lodge the military boys where showing off all their guns and equipment.  That’s when I realized that I had missed a huge opportunity.  To ski with Night Vision goggles. Damn.Double damn. That would have been one of the coolest ways to ski at night.

The military boys finished their course and partied pretty hard, I skipped out since I cannot stay up late and tire my body out. But I did sample a ceasar drink with double tequila instead of vodka, which was really good and something I will have more often.

Anyhow we were there for 3 more days and each day I would get out ahead of the cat and tour up to wherever we were skiing, and then I would lap it up in the alpine till then end of the day. The skiing was decent, but the light was not great so I don’t feel like we managed many good shots. But more importantly I skied 6200ft, the two ten thousand foot days, and a small 2500ft on our travel day.   Today is a day off and then hammer time.

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