Route Climbed: Alpine Ski Date Climbed: April, 2005
I could have had tons of cool shots of huge avalanches but was never willing to pause. Instead, I chose to make this a marathon ski, feeling somewhat threatened the majority of the time. So the 6.5 hours I took to complete the trip will be a bit fast. On descent, I had little visibility but thanked the cooler temperatures that moved in to hold those cornices. The main obstacle to be avoided at this point was skiing into an ice/snow chunk the size of a boulder due to poor visibility. I also chose to ski through the trees on the way out which is always an event in and of it self for me. Once back to 6500' I could breathe again.
This concern could have been avoided if I had simply chosen colder conditions. The sun and wind was really working over several significant cornices on the upper left flanks of Storm Mountain this particular day. Although I almost exclusively travel solo, it is not a good idea on any of these alpine trips. Cheers!
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe