The Rock Garden. (Day 13 on Snow)

Been Sick for the last 3 days with a bad head cold and cough, but felt better today. Conditions on the mountain are really good right now, but rain is forecasted fro tommorow night, so I figured I better get out there while its still good. Jeremy picked me up, and it was a beautiful day for earning turns on the Mountain.

We were able to go down a home grown trail called The Rock Garden. This trail is a steep pillow line that isnt usually filled in enough to go down until later in the year, but it was good today. The shot of Jeremy coming down the rock garden (1:13) is one of my favorite pieces of footage I”ve filmed yet. I wish I had shot it with my video cam instead of the cannon digi cam because it would have been much better quality.

Utah 2010 (Days 9 and 10 on Snow)

My trip to Utah for my older sisters wedding started with the phone ringing at 2 oclock am thursday, and an automated message telling me that our flight was cancelled due to bad weather in my connecting city (CHI).  I immediately woke up and went on-line to see what the soonest  I could reschedule was, and found that Southwest had nothing to SLC until Friday afternoon.  Apparently they had all there eggs in one basket and all the flights for SLC were routed through chicago, seems kind of stupid to me. Anyways I grabbed the one for friday that connected in Phoenix.  When I told my older sister she was kind of freaking out cause my mom was supposed to do all the florist work, and now we werent going to be there until late friday night and the wedding was saturday.  I couldnt get through by phone there was a 3 hour hold time! so I went down to the airport thursday morning to see if  I had any other options.  Boston, Providence, Hartford? No they all went through chicago on thursday, the only one flight that went through phoenix on thursday was sold out already.  I felt bad, but there was nothing more I could do so we made the best of it, Emily and I hung out with my folks, went out for breakfast, went to go see Avatar at the local IMAX, and I snuck in a run up on Unc later in the afternoon.  It was really nice and powdery still.  I was kind of glad I had an extra day at home it was fun.
We got to Utah late friday and when I woke up saturday morning it was nice to look out the window and see this:

Saturday my sister played bridezilla and we tried to help as much as we could to get everything ready, and the wedding went really well. It was all in spanish so I was like: Como se dice What?
My Dad walking my sister down:

The Newly Weds left and headed for Jackson Hole for there honeymoon and Sunday was another day in Utah that I was going to spend with my family, I talked my dad into going for a ride up into Ogden canyon and checking out a hotspring that I found last time I was there, we kept going and Drove up to Powder Mountain to check the snow.  Conditions looked really good in the trees and in Powder Country.  But no turns for me on sunday.
Monday My dad and I drove to Park City to meet my younger sister Lee and use her free Warren Miller Tix to The Canyons.  My sisters friend Ashley who I am really good friends with too was with her,  we had a really fun time.Snow conditions werent great, and we rode groomers all day.
My Dad and little sister at Canyons

little vids:
Lee and I in the Gondola
lee and me

Later we went back to Ogden and went to Roosters Brewery and played cards and hung out, and Lee’s husband joined us.

Lee has a pass to Brighton so Tuesday morning we headed up Big Cottonwood Canyon and went to brighton. 

At brighton it was colder, windier, and firmer, but there was some good snow to be found in the trees, and we found some steeper stuff to ride that was still soft.

follower vid:
trees POV:
I never got to ride at Powder Mountain this time and I wish I had because it looked best, and last year I had so much fun there.  But it was cool to get 2 new lift tickets to resorts I had never been to before.
Tuesday night my parents met me at Lee’s house in American Fork and we stayed there and flew home early on wednesday morning, this time the flight went well and It was nice to be back home, where we have better snow right now. 
But in any case, sometimes the best snow on earth is at home,  just because of the simple reason: its at home.

Mt Cabot 12/31/09-1/1/10 ~Ten and Done!

For the 10th and last consecutive December 31st Matt and I headed up Mt Cabot.

We left the trailhead around noon, and we were followed by Paul, Clif, and Tim who started hiking up about 45mins behind us.  The trail was not as well packed as usual and was alittle slower than usual and we arrived at the cabin in 3 hours. 

We left at noon hoping to be able to drop a bunch of gear at the cabin and then continue on past the summit and try to get The Bulge and The Horn.  These two peaks are both on the NE 100 highest list and are only about  1 1/2 miles past the Cabot summit.  We had hoped that our timing would put us on The Horn right at sunset.  The Horn has one of the best views in the whites.  We got to the summit of Cabot at 3:15 right on schedule
On Cabot for the tenth time:

To our suprise for the first time the traill wasnt tracked out any further than the summit.  We tried to post hole, but the snow was just too Deep.  We never bring snow shoes for this hike cause its always well packed, but yesterday we wish we had.

Mt Cabot 12/31/09-1/1/10, originally uploaded by surf88.

We post holed for about 1200 feet down the trail before giving up and turning around.  We then went back to the cabin and got there just as the rest of our friends arrived.  I then turned around and accompanied them the 1/2 mile each way back up  to the summit from the cabin.  For the first time of the day the clouds and flurries lifted and I got a peek at the sun, and a little bit of a view.

The wind stayed calm and the temps stayed in the 20s for the rest of the night.  A balmy 40 degrees warmer than last years trip!
Its been a fun tradition to wake up in the same place the last 10 January 1sts in a row.  The best part about it is, that it has really been the only constant in our lives.  Both of us have changed lifestyles, jobs, ect. alot in the last 10 years, and at times its been pretty much the only time we’ve seen each other for a year.  But it was cool to know that no matter how much had changed over the course of the past year, we would return to our roots and wake up in the same place on January 1st.  We are definitely going to do something next year that involves our wives, and maybe after a few years off we can come back up here again.  I have mixxed feelings about ending the tradition, but in any case the last 10 1/1’s have been an experience I wouldnt trade for anything in the world

A little nonsence I videod in the cabin:

Mt Cabot 12/31/09-1/1/10, originally uploaded by surf88.