I have a confusion to make ...
- Nov 14, 2015
Psyched you're getting so into the steeps this season!
I remember the Gathering at Squaw where the upper lifts were closed till fairly late in the afternoon. Many people had bailed by then. Bazzer and I went up with Jackson Hogan who guided us for two incredible runs, despite my horrendous boot issues.Convex pitches where you have to commit before you can see what you're going to have to ski. Far scarier.
Yes, Possibly 2-3 times. Can’t remember.
OK, I'm impressed.The only way to get more comfortable with steeps is to ski them. There’s just no way around it. I’m not sure I’ve ever gotten comfortable on 40 deg pitches because I don’t see them enough.
You do have to talk yourself into going downhill and committing your body into space. If you cling to the slope, it’ll likely go badly.
Some more steep photos. The Brévent area in Chamonix. This chute was legit steep, but not crazy steep. Seeing the town below does not help calm your mind. We had to rappel to get in, and the wind is blowing and I couldn’t hear the guide. “Did he say over rocks??” Yeah. So much for tuning. Then the 192’s didn’t fit well into the entry. This was ok on rope, but we de-roped way too early. The last thing you want is too much tip up on the side, leading to a tails first self arrest attempt.
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Guide coming down.
Looking up can work. Maybe it’s the rocks that help with the perception.
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Disappearing with a late day shadow.
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The crazy thing is this was her first day on snow of the season, on rental gear. Young German surgeon. Earlier on a break, her friend asks her what to do about his leg cramp. The guide says “how would she know?”.
-“Because she’s a doctor”
To which she indignantly replies, “I’m a surgeon!”
That day just happened because of windhold, group cancelled, then the three of us hired the guide and we got lucky with wind hold on the tram lifting for a bit.OK, I'm impressed.