Top Ten

Days like today are inconceivable until they happen, and then they just make sense. Aaron and I headed up Mt-Rogers this morning. We had thoughts of various lines but nothing really concrete. On the summit by 11 we had tonnes of time, enough time to really scope out the North glacier line. Considering the stability we have seen lately this was the time to finally ski this line.  Aaron used the photographers excuse and had me go first, which was great, Carvable firm snow held fast to the 45* slope, sloughing fast but very controllable. Several burgshrunds/crevasses had to be managed, which added to the excitement of the line.

This line looks so amazing in the Selkirk North guide book that I cannot believe it took us so long to finally carve our way down it. I cannot wait to  draw this line on my maps. One of our top ten runs ever. From this great sitting spot we quickly boot packed back up to get away from any serac danger.

First day with my new jetboil system. Super cool, we melted 5 litres of water and only carried the weight of 750ml. Quick and easy set up, melt while you eat and rest and then voila more water.  From this break spot we headed up the North ridge on Swiss and billy goated our way to the summit.  Amazing to climb and ski off both these 10 000 footers on the same day.  I have been up this south chute twice, great to ski down it, although not ideal powder conditions, south facing shlop (3pm), but it can’t always be amazing.

So many people think that skiing is done, well maybe its not powder but you can ski dream lines.

  1. Paul April 20, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Hey Greg, hope you’re well. Glad that you are still at it. Over in Chamonix at the moment. Managed to get some nice skiing in here too. Great to see you are a convert on the Jetboil water/weight system. Makes perfect sense doesn’t it?!

    Speak soon.

  2. treepilot April 21, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Looks like an epic day. It’s over down here for sure… +18C @ 6,000 feet today. Pack is melting quicker than a Jetboil….

  3. Forrest April 22, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    That is pretty Rad! Im very jealous of the terrain you guys have available. Keep up the strong work!

  4. randosteve April 22, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    that swiss peak line looks cool…nice!

    but hey…why aren’t you wearing that visor? looks like aarons rockin’ it real time!!!

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