Conditions are getting interesting out there. If you aren't headed some place warmer for the break and plan to play in the mountains here keep an eye on what is happening to the snowpack over the next several days.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
|Tornak Hut - Smoky Mountains, Idaho|
We had an outstanding trip from start to finish. Poking around the high country of the Smoky Mountains after a fresh foot and a half of pow-wow on an old melt/freeze crust required leadership in route finding and navigation, accurate risk assessment of avalanche terrain, and effective group management.
|Peeling layers at the Easley Bridge on the Harriman.|
Ben was our resident navigation expert and with map in hand, his brain easily kept pace with the battery-powered GPS and smartphone apps that we employed as a back up. Other students quickly deferred to his judgement when the map emerged from the pack.
|Ben's transitions were as buttery as the turns.|
|Gunnar plans the next move as Drew looks on. (Day 2)|
|Ben, Cassidy, and Cole prepping the Extended Column. (ECT 11- Q2 @30˚)|
|Good to be a Cutthroat...|
Charlie H. and Benny K. making memories.....
After three days in the winter backcountry on a typical trip, I've found that most upper school students are clamoring for an 8" Delbello and a hot tub. All these guys could write on their evaluations was, "Why can't this trip be four days instead of three?"