(Last Updated On: July 20, 2012)
Yep. Even after reaching 120 days of skiing this season over Memorial Day weekend, I’m not satisfied. Though it’s full-on mountain bike season here in Crested Butte, I’m leaving summer so that I can return to winter. I’m going for it. I’m going to ski some volcanoes. What’s on the itinerary? Weather will dictate. But, first stop is Shasta and possibly Lassen. Next stop, Mount Hood and Adams and possibly Mt. St. Helens.
It’s been a trip I’ve been planning since the fall. I’ve spent all week preparing. From “Jerry-rig” mounting a box on top of my car to getting my car inspected and necessary repairs done, to buying ski crampons and borrowing whippets, tuning up my skis and getting my pack repaired, reminding myself about the necessities of glacier travel by reading an entire book and going through my rope and prusiks, gathering beta on routes and picking up gear for my partners who will be flying and meeting me along the way, it’s been a long week.
We went through a dry-run of the Texas kick for ascending with prusiks at our mountain playground.
The full-page to-do list that I had on Monday is mostly crossed off. I leave tomorrow to embark on yet another ski adventure. And I can’t wait!
Links to Other Reports from this Trip:
From SLC to Shasta
Shasta Ski (14 June 2012)
Shastarama Ski (16 June 2012)
Lassen Peak – Closing a Volcano
Oregon Days Off
Mount Hood (19 June 2012)
Mount Adams (20 June 2012)
Mt. St. Helens (21 June 2012)
From the Gorge to Craters