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Day 17, on one board again....

Day #017

I just got back from three days in the mountains at our cabin, and two more days on the snow. It has not snowed for a couple of weeks, and it was a good thing that the weather was warm because it made the slope a nice combination of warm soft snow and good hard packed.

I even tried snowboarding again for the first time in 8-10 years (can't remember exactly when the last time was). But I did pretty good and had a good time hitting the slopes on one plank with K80.


Ostrander '08 Trip Report


So we are back, and it was a great trip this year, each year proves to be great in its own way. This year, was not by the tremendous amount of fresh snow, it was the amount of snow that was still great, and more or less untracked, and the new adventure. But it was just enough and not enough at the same time to go back one more year....... At least.

Day #1:
As usual, the first day is something you look at the calender for months and long for. But when that moment comes where you pull into the parking lot, your are actually dreading what there is in front of you. You are dreading the thought of carrying this pack, that surely must have shit in it you do not want to be carrying or do not need. Dreading the almost 10 miles of cross country travel. And then you set the foot on the trail and you are off.

The first day was a throw back day to year one, as we did not hit the trail until 12:15. But I made it to the hut by 6:00, still it was a slow year. That night we cooked for Howard, the best hutmeiseter, and Ostrander historian and artist. We made goulash, with prosciutto and chees efor an appetizer. Then off to bed.

Day #2:
We did a few laps on the face in front of the hut on some great snow before heading out to Howard's Ridge as we like to call it for a run on the "Nose" the steepest almost always untracked section to the right that makes people say, "you skied that?". Well Howard's Ridge was a boulder scramble, and rock climbing lesson with packs on you backs. But once at the top, the first part was phenomenal, and the second part not so good with sun crust setting in as the day went down. George and I did a final lap on the face, and off to dinner, a great one by Dan with his classical "Mexican Soufle" or whatever he calls it, still pretty damn good.

Today we did a tour into a region that Howard had "never skied, but always wanted to". That was enough to sucker us into following him, which is all you do when you tour with this man. But it was a great tour and we headed west, up horse ridge and followed the ridge past the heart lake bowl, into the next drainage, and down the face. The not so comforting thing was seeing the evidence of a recent slab avalanche that released about a 6-8' slab near the bottom of the run. The slope was good, snow was spring corn soft, and we high tailed it out of there ito the western side of the Heart Lake drainage for a few runs on great snow, but still signs of avalanche on slopes facing east. Another great meal by Craig, Gumbo with fresh sausage.....

Day #4:
A lazy day, even though Dan wanted to get going earlier, but still a few laps on the face across the hut, followed by Howard blazing a trail up the ridge that was STEEP, and a great run down untracked, Dan even tumbled all the way down instead of turning. The final meal by George was great, even though we wondered why he would cook perfectly dehydrated pasta then dehydrate it again????

Day #5:
After a little wrestling we hit the trail for home at around 9:30, and to my surprise I rolled back into the parking lot at 12:15, or just under 3 hours. This is a testament to how fast you can make it out in just the right conditions!

Looking forward already to next year, year #7 for the crew......


Ostrander V6 Release Coming...

So tomorrow is the big day, the drive up to Yosemite followed by the annual pilgrimage to the Ostrander Ski hut. I am not sure this year I am as prepared as I have been in the past, but ready or not here I come. This will be the 6th year the same group of friends have made it to the hut and it feels good to have an annual tradition that just can't be broken, no matter how loud or obnoxious George is, how hung over (aka "sick") Craig gets, how lost Dan gets or how grumpy I am.

Every year has been full of anctics and this year sounds like it is shaping up to be another great one. Maybe we will actually do that slide show we have promised in the past.

Still need to get a few things though:
Battery for watch (oops)
Asparagus (sorry Dan)
Port Wine

Hoping to get out of town early, but no promise it will actually happen.


Countdown to Ostrander

OK, so we are in the final week of the preparations for Ostrander year #6. This year is probably a year where I am the least prepared in my training so we will see how I do. It sounds like the other blokes have been running, cycling, and elypticall training in their garages in the covert hours while I have been.........

Well lets just say it is my own damn fault. Anyways we head out Thursday night, and this week is going to be full of packing and figuring out just how heavy I am willing to allow my pack to become. It looks like they just got another dump, but also that it is going to be warm this week, which is prime weather for crust and ice. Still can't wait to get out on the trail and test the legs.