|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?"