My preferred method for water crossings is to hurl my skis and pack to the opposite bank and find a log or some rocks to shimmy across. The best part about this method is once you throw your skis and pack across you now have an incentive to get across the water. Of course, it also relieves some weight off your back to be able to pull off some ninja moves on those tricky logs.
Sometimes it’s tough to find a good spot and you just gotta make do.
Emily fording a river. Ski gear is made to get wet. Right? If you do it right you can bridge the rocks with your skis, keeping your boots high and dry.
Conditions have been mixed bag to terrible lately. We’ve encountered slush, crusts, mashed potatoes, mank, avy debris, rain, and even some skiable stuff.
Emily climbs into the fog.
It’s been warm, but we’re still finding some good snow.
Emily happy in the sun with Idaho’s Seven Devils in the background.
Still able to sniff out some deep powder
We took a break from skiing and spent the weekend climbing rock in Hells Canyon. Nice change of pace and good to work some different muscles. The forecast is looking good for awhile, hopefully conditions line up to finish some ski projects I’ve been working on. Back to work in a couple weeks, need to get it while the gettins good!
I apologize for the short notice, time got away from me. Emily will be doing a presentation tonight on her career as a photographer. From her humble beginnings with a point and shoot to shooting with a professional DSLR. The presentation is geared towards skiing and will be heavy with awesome photos from Wallowa County and elsewhere. Check it out! 7:00pm at the Josephy Center in Joseph.
Emily and I headed into the Lakes Basin last weekend to ski Eagle Cap and check out the area. Emily spent a lot of time in the area last summer for work and loved it. I had never been out that way so I was excited to see some new country.
We spotted this slot about a week ago and had to check it out. I’m sure it gets skied regularly by guests staying in the Big Sheep yurts. Anybody know its name?
Emily and I have been shut down twice on this line this season. Third time’s the charm and we got it in amazing conditions. Continue reading
Emily and I have been exploring some new areas, finding good snow, and had a blast at the backcountry festival last weekend. Enjoy the photos!
It’s been a little windy the last couple of days with weather stations reporting gusts up to 45 mph. It’s pretty difficult to get motivated with those conditions, but the sun has been coming out so we went out also.
The Wallowas have had fluffy snow, the good stuff, for over a week now with more in the forecast. Thank you we’ll take another.
These early season pow laps have been great to get the old skinning legs back in shape.