Procrastinating on my way up to Snowmass Mountain. Sometimes it's easy to just keep going. You get in the rhythm of walking and it becomes a blur. Other times it's hot and your sure your getting sunburnt even though you put sunscreen on three times already. You want to do anything but keep walking and it feels like your on some sort of sick and twisted treadmill not making any progress. That's just life right? Some days are hard some days easy and breezy. At least I know after any hike like this I get to eat all the 🍔 and ice cream 🍦! 🤗 #shredthe14ers#holyfrozenwater#snowmassmountain
This photo from the Japan trip showed up this morning. It is a funny parallel to the Kluane expedition in that these are the only two places in the world I have seen such crazy snowfall.
That being said, Japan had onsens and ramen to enjoy after you spent a couple hours falling down avi barriers, Kluane just had the ramen after you spent a couple hours falling down spines.
I could really have used an onsen in Kluane.
Thanks to @freeluftsliv for snapping a moment I wasn't penguining, and for the grape candy on Kluane as a reminder of the onsens.
This run was incredibly enjoyable to me; in some ways it is the most memorable for me from the entire trip.
Multiple avalanches on the approach during the morning meant that we tackled getting onto the ridge with 'alternative methods'. Namely I climbed the last 70m of the slope on belay; slinging rock outcroppings to protect myself as I tunneled up the slope through the storm snow. The moment I watched the crow break, 25m away from the safety of the ridge still sits with me. Committing to be pummeled as the slide went over me, axes plunged into the slope, the rope a safety line if the slide overcame me.
Yeah, I count this one as a hell of a run.
Photo and belay credit goes to: @gigstagrams