UP. . The goal today was to get up to the ridge above Crater Lake. In an ideal world, I would have left about an hour earlier in the day, but with going to the second service at church this morning, things got delayed a bit. . Nevertheless, I was cautiously optimistic that the clear sky we had in town would hold and I would have visibility all the way up. Thankfully the little bit of cloud I drove through on my way up the mountain dissipated quickly and I did indeed have perfect visibility the whole afternoon I was out on the mountain. . The snow was quite wind-affected and so ski-penetration on my way up the steepest part of my ascent today was almost negligible. It made for a tense situation at one point when my right boot came out of my bindings as I was making my kick turns. Thankfully I caught my ski in time before it took off down the mountain with reckless abandon. . I thought I might be able to make it up to the top of the ridge before the sun completely disappeared. While I didn't quite make it, there was still enough light left in the sky for some colour in the clouds. It was my first time up to the ridge this season, and I was thrilled to be able to make it and still have energy to spare. . The sastrugi beneath my feet on the way down meant nice and soft turns were definitely not to be found. My shins and feet took a pounding all the way down until I could start gliding across the prairie to the softer snow in the treeline. . But the biggest takeaway from today was the satisfaction I took from setting a goal and achieving it. Days like today are good for my self esteem. ❄️ ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ #skitouring#skiing#ski#backcountryskiing#backcountry#skintrack#alpine#turnsallyear#earnyourturns#ilovesnow#justgetout#travelnorthernbc#explorebc#explorecanada#smithersbc#smithersvibe#goodtimesoutside#live4snow#skistories#nature#mountains#natureastherapy#visitbulkleynechako#ChaseYourGOAT#thesweatlife#humanpoweredadventures
First backcountry ski touring experience! 🎿 - - - - - - Holy moly. So hard. But so beautiful. And what a hut! The Wendy Thompson Hut is gorgeous. Going to enjoy an après ski brew and a bubble bath now. And think long & hard about when I’ll have the strength to do this again 😳
Haven’t posted in over a month, so why not kick off my return with a throwback from this last Summer in my favorite national park 🎉 Ironically I’m praying for lots and lots of snow right now, and I just cut down my Christmas tree today, but I still can’t wait to cross some more hikes off the to-do list next year and camp like crazy.
Sunshine and snowboards and smiles OH MY! 😁😍 Oh, and jolly ranchers too. Important detail. And Clif bloks. The necessities ya know? 😅 #guesswhobothforgotwater In all seriousness though, today rocked our socks. ✌️💜 Going to bed with a full heart 🙏💕 andddd probably a little dehydration 🤣 #sisterhoodofshred