Today we planned to hike up Bald Mountain. We did. Victory dance!
I wasn’t feeling it at the beginning, we started super early to get up while it was still hard and icy, and ski the soft spring slush down around noon once the sun softened it up.
Going up was just miserable and I felt I was slipping and sliding all over, could have almost used an ice axe in parts where my skins would just slide me backwards!
Thank goodness The Man was more motivated than I today, we made it and oh was it worth it.
The view over the range was gorgeous and there was even cell service up there, who knew.
Skiing down was super and we timed it pretty much perfect. The snow was softening up without being mushy and dangerous – anything over your ankle is no go, but it gets sketchy long before that on certain slopes.
We did see two avalanches on the way up. They had happened a while ago, looked to be triggered by snowmobiles judging from the tracks, but it is hard to say. Both on east facing steep pitches, not hard to believe with how strange the snowpack is and how warm it has been lately.
After we skiied all the exposed stuff, it was time for some lunch – cheese dogs over a fire, oh yeah. There is nothing that tastes so good as a smoky hot dog after a hard hike. Love it.