Finishing up the Ski Tour

January 2-3

The last two days of our New Year Ski tour we basked under blue skies.

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I watched the sunrise from our tarp for a good hour.

 

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Then chased the first traces sun…the snow was absolutely beautiful

 

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We skied around a bit.

 

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And enjoyed the stunning views.

 

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Taking a break with the best show on earth.

 

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How can I not kiss this man?

 

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The view from camp isn’t bad on the other side either.

 

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The hardest part of the whole trip was putting on cold ski boots.

 

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But all good things must come to an end.

 

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We skied out.

 

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And headed back towards Bend.

Beneath Broken Top

January 1, 2015

I can officially say I’m hiking the Continental Divide Trail THIS year!

For those that have had to wait years between thru-hikes, and for friends and family that have heard me go on and on about the CDT in 2015 know what a milestone that is. Three more months of work baby!

Back to the trip…last night we skied about three miles before veering off the main trail to make camp in a small clearing near Todd Lake. We opened one of our beers to toast the New Year (and also lessen the burden in what had become a regrettably heavy pack). For some reason I had grabbed my new Western Mountaineering Ultralight sleeping bag (20 degree) instead of my -20 degree bag, and though the temps hovered around the 20s, my feet were still cold throughout the night. It’s hard to sleep with cold feet. But inspiration struck and I put on the down booties I had packed. Much better.

In the morning we lingered over coffee before hitting the snow.

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The day was crystal clear.

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And we were lucky to follow tracks most of the way up Todd Ridge.

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Our lunch spot proved our first good glimpse of Broken Top.

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We made sure to fuel our bodies with the proper nutrition.

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And I had to rock the hikertrash hat!

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Unfortunately temps rose just over freezing and the sunny patches of snow started to get sticky.

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Madness! I stopped to scrape and wax about 10 times in the next hour or two.

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And we finally called it good in a sunny meadow with a magnificent view of Broken Top.

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And celebrated with another tasty brew.

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The snow up here was more wind blown and between the stashes of pow were thick icy layers.

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We set up our new Hyperlite mid and dug in a freaking awesome camp complete with snow sofa and table.

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Peak to peak.

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As the day came to a close we enjoyed a brilliant sunset.

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And as the light faded we kept busy with a rousing game of UNO.