Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Ski season is here!

The ski resorts are not yet open but there is plenty of new snow to be found in Washington. Today I spent the day with other volunteers from Seattle Mountain Rescue looking for two missing snowboards in Mount Rainier National Park. It was a great day to be on Mount Rainier, especially because the snowboarders were found and were okay after spending two nights in a snow cave.

While the skiing was nothing great, in fact if was fairly wet and awful, it WAS skiing. I never took my ski skins off all day, partially because the conditions were so bad, but also because I had a heavy pack with half a litter and a climbing rope in addition to my personal gear.

Packing in rescue equipment

We all fell down a lot
Despite the challenging conditions there was a lot of laughs and smiles as we enjoyed the first skiing of the season.  This was especially true on way back to camp knowing that the two snowboards were alive and healthy.

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