Friday, March 11, 2011

Early March Update

The wind came and the high pressure followed. Most folks were content bitching about it from their couches. The snow quality justified the complaints, but the weather has been excellent. Big blue skies with no wind, and the snow is supportable on Peak 3. Send the ascent, send the descent. Back home in time for Oprah. Eagle River is not supportable.

Besides making hot laps in the Front Range, I tried to climb ice and made a work trip to the North Slope. -20°F air, -43°F wind. But things are looking up: Anchorage is starting to thaw out and we are beginning a corn cycle on steep South facing slopes. The weatherman is also pointing to an end of the Big Blue H.

- Eddie Coyle

Wind Affected Slope - Turnagain Pass

Index Finger - Portage Valley

Wolverine Tracks - North Slope

Clyde "The Glide" Drexler