Summer Skiing The Great One

Its August 3, 2019 @ 2:30 a.m. I just woke up more hyped than ever because I’m about to climb a mountain while the sun rises behind me.

After packing my gear into the truck I set off for what turned out to be a 2 hour drive to the trail head. An hour of driving through fog and bumpy back roads later I finally arrived at the trail head ready to set out.

After about 30 minutes of walking through the woods with my headlamp beam to guide me, the sun started to light up the sky. It is always amazing watching the star filled sky turn into a mix of orange and blue.

The next 2 hours were rather uneventful as I just continued the walk along towards the patch of snow that comes off of the ridge.

Below are a couple shots from the top 🎉

This is the view from where you finally get to put your skis on.

The line is split into 3 sections, the top which you can see. The middle, which is just over the hump below the snow, you can’t quite see it, then the more open field below which is debatably ski-able as it is usually plastered with tiny rocks that have fallen from above.

Half way through skiing, this brave mountain goat walked across the snow patch and proceeded to climb this sheer rock. This was the only mountain goat I saw that whole summer

And that pretty much marks the end of the trip, there was a small hike down that takes you by a beautiful lake and from there it is pretty simple getting back to the car.

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