Earn Your Turns

I just got done with a 3-day Avalanche Level I safety course, which turned out to be a great experience.  We spent half the time in a classroom learning about snowpack, avalanche characteristics, and safe travel techniques, and the other half was spent in the mountains digging pits, doing compression tests, and taking observations.  It was my first time using skins and touring on my new gear.  On the last day, we did two laps up the mountain and got a few fresh turns…which felt extra good.

I’ve been wanting to get into the backcountry for years now, but have never had the time, equipment, friends, or initiative.  It was extremely satisfying to get over the inertia, throw myself into it, and do something I’ve always imagined.  Grant it, it’s not mind-blowing…or even all that difficult…but, for me, it’s authentic….and it’s just the beginning.

Can’t wait to get out there and find some good snow!

Mark does lunch

Mark does lunch

over the ridge

up the skin track

tall trees



’13 Ski Days: 13

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