|Tasty Couloir near Girdwood|
|Tundra: The Best AK Foliage|
|Ragged Top: 5,215'|
I got my first view of the Jewell Glacier, and there was no warm fuzzy. It looked downright scary because I didn't know if there was any old snow under the fresh. It might be great or if might be dust on straight ice. A few years back Tommy and I tried the dust on ice approach with limited success - definitely a junk show I did not intend to repeat. So it was on to to Crystal Lake to suss out snow fields.
Is there old snow under the new?
Today was just a tease of the winter to come. It was better than summer snow, but nowhere near as good as its gonna get. Soon the shit barometer will drop and the winds of shit will build. Soon the mountains will be blanketed from top to bottom, the roads icy, and the sun weak. The storms will line up. Sleep won't seem so important. The base will build. The chairs will spin. Weather reports, snotels, wind readings, and radar will be studied daily and nightly.
Today ratcheted up the anticipation, the stoke, the giddiness of what is to come. Get ready! It will be here soon
Soon, but not soon enough.