|Creative skinning. And this is just one of the shenanigans.|
|Pretty Girl Climbing Pretty Pass. It should sound sweet to refer to this pretty girl.|
Efforts to extrapolate elsewhere have come up short. We watched from town as a series of wind events scoured the high country. Counting on dry ridge-lines, a buddy and myself made an alpine-climbing jaunt into the Palisades without skis. That endeavor yielded great ridge conditions and unexpectedly excellent coverage. I hesitate to say we should have been skiing, but, well, maybe we should have been skiing. Reacting to that adventure, and jonesing for some mileage, Alex and I returned closer to the "Mammoth Snow Belt" and slogged (with skis) from Convict Lake to the Mammoth Lakes Basin. On this tour we found less-than-ideal coverage and firmer-than-desired windboard surface. We made it work, covering a ton of miles in a beautiful section of the Range. More like a spring ski mountaineering outing this was not what one would call "fun". This was fun of one of the higher numbered types.
|Pretty Pass, Pretty Turns. But something about saying "Pretty Girl" makes me feel dirty.|
|Ram Lakes. Scoured and shiny. Warren Miller doesn't use those terms in his dry commentary.|
|Is that "The Books"?|
|Last light coming down Pika Pass. We lost snow and daylight around the same time. Yikes.|
Made a little video here: