We are off to Whistler so I got up early and squeezed in ten by 10:10 am. Started at 5.30 and went for it up Mt-mackenzie. I was surprised by some great dust on crust, 15-20cm of light flluff on of a hard crust
Yesterday i lapped some spring skiing runs at the fingers (not recommended). Ended up doing 12 000 feet in 7 hrs. Saw some huge grizzly tracks. Kinda eery knowing there is a grizz around while I am skiing. Hopefully I would be faster than him on the uphills but i wonder?
The weather man predicted “cloudy with sunny breaks”. So I went up to the pass with hopes of perhaps climbing and skiing off Mt-Rogers. But I never actually saw the summit, the clouds moved in with such frequency that the sunny periods were far too brief for me to make a summit attempt.
So I toured up 4500 feet onto the moraines and the toe of the glacier. At this point I was in a complete whiteout, just wandering through the soup. It’s funny i may not be able to remember people names but I usually always remember terrain features. I have not been up to Mt-Rogers since last year and through the whiteout I managed to navigate up the usual route. Even though I could not see 25 feet around me. So instead of heading up to the summit I set up a 1200 foot lap and started shredding some dust on crust. 20-25 cms of nice snow lay over a rain crust and provided some decent skiing. 5 runs and my goal was complete.
10080 feet in 6.5 hrs.
Two years ago when I toured 1 000 000 feet I ended up skiing 37 ten thousand footers, so today I doubled my previous best. That’s pretty exciting, all this hard work and great skiing and now I have toured 74 ten thousand footers.
After a late day, like yesterday,I always like to show my gratitude to Tracey by letting her sleep in and getting some kid time for myself. Charley and I went out to the coffee shop and let Tracey sleep in till 9, then Trace and I went for a twenty minute run and some social time. Some more family time and then touring by 1pm.
I cruised up Mt_mackenzie, and set up my laps just like the other day. I put my head down and skinned my butt off. The skiing was not as good as the other day, more crusts with less snow. But I kept at it and in 5 hrs 45 minutes I hiked and skied 11 000 feet.