Today, not looking to spend the whole day out, Sam and I took more of a cragging approach and just climbed till the ice ran out and then rapped down to our skis. Next time, I'd like to finish the route and enjoy a ski from the summit but time, a poor rock to snow ratio, and other responsibilities conspired against us today.
Regardless, it was a blast and since I'll never climb "hard" ice, I prefer to add some skiing to the moderate variety that I enjoy.
|Skinning toward the "goods". Note the large debris pile...apparently a lot of snow is not needed to have large avalanches|
|Sam getting started|
|A little higher up - it is a little steeper than it appears with short vertical steps punctuating the lower angle flow.|
|Looking dorky and getting confused by all the gear that used to feel second nature but now makes for a nice junk show. Also trying out some new ice climbing boots|
|Now for some skiing...|