Sunday, January 25, 2009

Killebrew Canyon

Tahoe received a little storm this weekend. At Heavenly, conditions improved drastically compared to last weekend although there is still room for further improvement. I am not whining, however, since I hit the jackpot today. I took this picture from the top of a slope in Killebrew Canyon. Well, I knew that to get out of Killebrew and back to a lift it's a long, narrow, icy, uphill traverse - and indeed, it turned out as cumbersome as expected - I ended up hiking the first part, then riding a bit until I slipped below the ski boundary from where I hiked back to Mott in deep snow. But the actual run in Killebrew was divine: plenty of fresh snow with no tracks whatsoever until half way down. I enjoyed it so much that I went back to it with Demian for a second run. This time we started at a different point and there were more rocks and trees; but both times we hit the best snow the mountain had to offer and spent substantial energy to get back to the Mott lift.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Back from Kilimanjaro

I'm back from vacation, and since they printed me (and fifty thousand others) such a nice certificate I thought I'd put it on record here. The boring part is that yes, we made it all the way to Uhuru Peak, the roof of Africa. I'm still sifting through the pictures which will be more fun to look at than this post - promised.