The first sign of summer is the first trip where I’m dripping sweat, sucking water like crazy, and generally crawling from the heat. Tthis seems to happen in early June. Today, in fact.
The plan; drive to GNP, bike from Avalanche to The Loop, hike to the snowline, skin up to Swiftcurrent Pass, summit the peak if the snow wasn’t too cooked, reverse, head home, eat.
This is one fairly good way to carry ski gear on a bike. The boots weren’t the most secure with only one strap, but stayed put.
M on the other hand is on a quest to photograph as many of GNPs 1100+ vascular plants as she can this year, so she got the camera, and all still photos here come from her.
It was a stunning day. I forgot sunscreen, remembered my sun shirt, and got burnt between shorts and socks.
Swiftcurrent Mountain was gentler than I had recalled it being, and even with a modest amount of sun recently the snowpack was set up much better than I thought it would be. I zipped up to the summit, enjoyed great corn skiing on the way down, and stopped to admire Granite Park chalet. The 1+ story bunk houses behind the main building are almost totally buried.[vimeo 24703654]
Fun stuff, and under these conditions a very mellow and extraordinarily scenic ski tour.
We ran into each other on the way back, and then almost ran into this Griz lumbaring down the road. He wasn’t threatening, but seemed quite emphatic about wanting to continue down the road in our direction. After a minute we moved to the other side and eased backwards, making certain to stay together and big looking. Turns out he just needed reasonable access down to McDonald Creek, which we later saw him swim in fine style. A very healthy looking bear, and a testament to bear encounters demanding both calm action and a global assessment of the situation.
A good weekend.
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