The fall rain had been pounding the windows for a few days! Saturday however, brought us an opportunity to check out exactly how much was snow at different elevations and aspects. I rode up with my neighbors Jeremy and Dan who moved next door last year after riding in Summit County for nearly a decade. The Artist Point section of the highway had been closed in anticipation of fresh snow. So we hiked up the highway and made our way underneath Table. The snow was wet and slushy at first, but by the time we made it to the first snowfield it had a nice Styrofoam squeak. We continued traversing until we came to a small ridge that would allow us to see the desired long, north facing, permanent snowfield. The traverse to this point had been pretty easy. The last ¼ mile looked more dangerous and Duke, Dan’s trusty pit bull was hurting from chapped paws. We took a vote and decided to head back to the first snowfield and make our turns. The visibility was good, the snow was better than we expected and I managed to lay down my first pow spray of the season. As we hiked back to the road the majestic north cascades smiled down on upon us and we were filled with a sense of what will come to be this winter at Baker.
the road down was a blast! Duke was pulling Dan and Jeremy wisely had fresh
wax. I on the other hand need to wax before the next mission! Will reattempt to reach the snowfield next
time might take a different route!
|1ST POW SPRAY 14/15|