I went out today to scout conditions for the 10th grade Winter Trip and found some really interesting snow. There is about 10-12 new inches of snow in the Galena Summit area in the last two days, seasoned with some pretty strong winds. The hazard rating was considerable. I was solo so I stayed in green light terrain--but most likely would have done so with a larger group--given the results I got.
Extended Column Test: Went on 9 with a Q-2
My conclusions below
Sunday, February 19, 2012
|SVT Lead Guide Joe St. Onge putting Benny K. "on the clock"|
|Beginning the fine search with Joe offering encouragement.|
This past weekend several of our own OLA students and faculty went through the 24 hour - Level I Avalanche Course offered by the American Avalanche Association, the nice folks Sun Valley Trekking, and hosted by Community School.
The course focus was not on the minutia of snow crystal formation and the semantics of snow pack metamorphosis (things that didn't pass the "so what" test), rather it was a distillation of the broader concepts that directly inform individual and group decision-making and lead to best practices when traveling in avalanche terrain.
Course participants refined their rescue skills during single and multiple burial scenarios, scrutinized slope angles, analyzed sample and real-life tour plans, digested daily weather conditions and avalanche forecasts, and practiced open and candid communication in the field to manage each other and the entire group effectively.
For those in the Mountain and Rock endorsement, this is a outstanding introduction to the skills needed to minimize your risk in the backcountry or alpine environment during the winter months.
|Establishing the 1X1 box.|
|Assessing the "Tupperware Box" Victim|
|Patiently waiting skis....Galena.|
|Maranda prepping the Rustchblock. (Day 2)|
|Bonzai! Final attempt to get the rustchblock to move.|
|Gunnar: In Flux|
|Joe helps identify the "islands of safety". Avalanche Peak.|
|Peeling skins after a brief facet mining session on Proctor. (Day 3)|
|Regrouping before dropping into Trail Creek.|
|Maranda on the Proctor descent. (Day 3)|
|Why would you ever stand in a lift line?|
Monday, February 13, 2012
This Sunday Tim, Nancy and I went back country skiing. We didn't expect much as it hadn't snowed for almost a month--but I have a few secret powder stashes--the deep dark due north above the rain line that I though just might still be holding good snow.
Nancy on the climb
What the skiing was like--bottom of our first run. Snow quality exceeded all expectations!! I sure hope to see some more OLAers next time we go out.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Anders and Cooper get the credit for making this one happen. I love post-school skiing as much as the next guy, but I've been fighting off the black lung and have been behind on work. They reminded me that this counts as work, so there you go. Timmy Price and I headed out with the boys directly after school (I may or may not have skipped a meeting) and headed out Morgan Ridge. The first run was a little snarky and we had some navigation issues to admit to (well, I did). But, the second run was a beauty. Life is good. Thanks boys!