Saturday, February 26, 2011
With the Avalanche danger at High today, Rob and I put our route finding skills to the test. We got a 6AM start from Tibble Fork in AF Canyon and worked our way up to the Three Temptations area.
With the early start and significant new snow, putting in a skin track was exhausting but well worth it.
Touring and cycling are so closely related. Being 2nd behind the person breaking trail feels just like drafting on a road bike. And a freshly cut skin track reminds me of single track on dirt.
Getting deep into the mountains like that was a nice change from the typical LCC or BCC tours.
We kept it safe and skied mostly low angle terrain but a few spots made us very nervous. I skied with my eyes wide open and ears on full alert.
Ended the tour with a high speed, narrow, bush whack exit. Made me wish I had racing gloves and poles with pads to knock away the branches.