The Denali Girls just had our 3rd overnight training. This time we loaded up our sleds and headed to Steven’s Pass. With El Nino weather, we have an impossibly low snow year. This means your Denali Girls are having a hard time finding enough snow to practice in.
Steven’s Pass is possibly the last patch of snow in the state of Washington. This is mostly because the resort made some snow artificially to try to stay open longer (this was unsuccessful and we’re all getting deeply discounted passes for next year). Still, there’s only like 4 inches of snow to work with… and it was rapidly melting as we worked.
We spent the weekend at the closed ski resort, taking advantage of the snowy slopes to work with loaded sleds. We practiced traveling as a team in crevasse country by tying into harnesses and working with the ropes and pickets as protection. We basically did laps up and down the ski slope, placing and passing running belays with our sleds. I’m sure whoever saw us, thought we were nuts. Wait! We are nuts!
Saturday evening, we hunkered down in the rain and last bit of snow to do a little winter camping, work with the stoves and talk about strategies.
On Sunday, we were joined by our Special Guest Star: Tristan for a conditioner hike up Rock Mountain with 45 – 60 lb loads as training weight. It rained, it snowed, it was sunny, it was cloudy. Ahh… spring in the Cascades. Don’t like the weather? Wait 10 minutes. It will change.
Thanks to Tristan for taking a team photo. We needed a photo of us all together!
And Thanks to Leigh Ann for driving us again. She has a truck. It’s hard to fit the sleds in my car. The sleds fit in her car… so she has to drive a lot. But, I really do appreciate it.