These are some pictures from a quick trip on the AT skis with Andrew North up to
the Newton Creek, on the far side of Mount Hood Meadows. I've also got a few shots
from a Feb climbing day at Broughton's with Hempy and Tony.
We started at the base of the Mount Hood Meadows Nordic Centre, and followed the Heather Canyon
trails up where the great snow was.
After a brief encounter with the Meadows trail service, we were advised that the better snow lie over
the top of the ridge. So, we "cut a skin line" right up the ridge. The only down side was that the
traverse across the wind-swept icy mess wasn't really optimal. Good thing my edges were sharp!
Somebody asked me one time why we skin up and spend so much energy getting up the hill for only a few minutes of
downhill. Well, check out this pitch of barely-touched beautiful powder on a perfect day. This is why
we ski off-resort.
And because of snow like this.
Yup, just a great day to be up on the mountain and enjoying life. This was to be the last day that
I rented gear, as I had put in my requisite number of days of rental so that I could justify AT bindings
and new boots.
On the way out from Newton Creek, we got the pleasure of enjoying some cross-country trails. We actually
thought we were off-trail for a while, until we found this bridge crossing over to the rest of the
Nordic Centre trails. I decided that I was so strong on skis that I'd just ski right across this bridge.
Check out the ruts!
Yeah, as usual, not one of the brightest things I've done in awhile.
These are my pictures from the same trip
We had such sweet weather. The snow was nice, the sun was out. Just a great day all around.
As mentioned, we skinned up the Heather Canyon, which isn't really backcountry, but got us up to where the
Heather lift is for Meadows, which puts us just below some sweet skiing.
For some reason, we decided to sit on our edges for 20 minutes and cross a junky slope. This is
Andrew whining like a girl, but with a nice shot of Hood behind him.
There is nothing better than a fun morning skinning with a great lunch waiting for you. Here
Andrew and I sit in the sun and consider our descent options.
Me, right before I hopped the cornice and dropped into some sweet pow-pow.
Andrew, loving the snow.
Andrew after hopping into some lightly touched snow.
Making some fun turns.
A small ledge to hop from.
Andrew on the way out.
I took some video of Andrew enjoying the snow and dropping some spray. VIDEO CLIP
I'm using a really nice tool called FirmTools Panorama Composer to make panoramas. My trial ran
out so I can only use this in black and white, but it still makes for a nice panorama. That's
Andrew in the middle turning his split board into a descent tool.
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