Saturday, February 12, 2011

Hidden to Y Tour

               Beautiful Lamoille county sunshine up in the Notch today.  Enjoyed a great outing with my friend Silas Rossi.  Silas is training for his final exam to achieve his IFMGA license, so we linked up a tour comprised of many transitions, route finding and of course deep snow.  It began with a beautiful skin up to Hidden Gully, climbed a few pitches of water ice and steep snow, then a beautiful ski down a very interesting feature to the beaver pond.   The snow was so good we headed North and skinned and skied another mountain of bottomless powder through the open hardwoods.  An amazing day of great weather, awesome turns and wonderful camaraderie, thanks Silas! 
                                    Silas Rossi enjoying the first snow slope in Hidden Gully
                                                     Looking over at the Elephants Head

                                                                      Tools of trade
                                                   I swear there's a ski up there somewhere Silas!
                                            Looking down into Stowe and the Worcesters
Beautiful hardwoods to finish our tour
 Our boy Stokely Ryder showing one of our girls Miss Frances how to carry a ski mountaineering kit!

Monday, February 7, 2011

Ice Climbing JSC JO2

  The Johnson State Crew heading out after a fantastic day of warm sticky ice!  We experienced some of the mildest temps. of the winter season here in Vermont.  This made a great weekend for introducing folks to Ice Climbing.
                                     Eamon and Tim enjoying great conditions on the Mystery Wall
Sun coming down the Northern flanks of Mansfield

                                               Enjoying our ice grotto for our transitions
                                          Cleaning the Mystery Wall after a foot of fresh
                                               Kevin styling on some steeper ice day 3
                                                        Great posture there Morgan!
                                                   Eli enjoying some great hooking...

  Another happy crew from the Johnson State Outdoor Ed program, many thanks for a great weekend!