We started 2012 with our 2nd annual “Ride-N The New Year” tradition, which is our attempt at skiing or riding (snowboarding) in the New Year, instead of partying like most folks do. This year (not 2013!) we camped for a few days up on Mt. St. Helens, where we shredded a few turns. Since we didn’t make the summit on the nice day, and then conditions were crappy the following day, we came up with the phrase “Jib now, pray later” which means if you have a chance to build a jump or kicker and just play around in the good weather, you can pray for good weather later! We managed to ski from tree line in the coast range of Oregon on Saddle Mountain, following a big snowstorm. This is a peak you can only ski once every couple of years at best.
Photos from our New Year 2012 trip are here: http://caverpilot.com/climbing/skiing-mt-st-helens-january-2012-new-years/ In addition, here’s Katt’s account of that trip: http://journeyfromself.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/days-three-five-mt-st-helens-1230-12/
In February, we skied Lost Trail pass with my brother Mike, Skalkaho Pass, and I skied a little bit on my trip to Alaska. Here’s Katt’s blog post on Lost Trail: http://journeyfromself.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/day-seven-25-lost-trail/
In March we did a “sidecountry” trip with Nick Worden (who was visiting from Oregon) to Lost Trail Pass, since the access roads in the Bitterroots were in horrible shape. We hauled up sleds and spent a couple days camping and riding. Katt’s account: https://journeyfromself.wordpress.com/2012/03/18/days-ten-thirteen-210-212-backcountry-at-lost-trail/
In April, Katt and I backcountry skied Trapper Peak, the highest in the Bitterroot Mountains at 10,157 feet. Katt slayed it! Here’s her account: https://journeyfromself.wordpress.com/2012/05/15/day-fifteen-423-backcountry-skiing-at-trapper-peak/
In May, we backcountry skied near Galena Summit, south of the Sawtooth Range in Idaho. This is an awesome, high pass that affords a short approach to some sick lines! Here’s Katt’s account of that trip: https://journeyfromself.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/day-sixteen-56-galena-summit/
At the end of June and on July 1st, we backcountry skied and camped on Washington’s 2nd highest peak, Mt. Adams. Adams is a glaciated peak and is massive. We had to wait out the weather so we were glad we brought plenty of food! I’ll post an entire story on it later! In the meantime, you can read Katt’s account here: https://journeyfromself.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/days-seventeen-twenty-628-72-mt-adams/
October saw the early season beginning with a trip to Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park with Don Gisselbeck and Jake Kembel. This was about 12 miles on dirt for about 20 or 30 turns. Now, that’s what I call dedication! We were spooked by a grizzly bear just 40 feet from the trail!!
This year afforded us the best early/pre-season turns I’ve ever had! We went to Lost Trail in November and skinned up the still-closed ski area. Talk about GNAR GNAR!! Katt posted the whole story here: http://journeyfromself.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/day-one-november-25-2012-lost-trail/
Of course, all the ski areas in Montana were pretty much open by December so there’s nothing to exciting about this time of year. Conner, our good friend that just moved to Montana from Kentucky, got his first-ever day on skis on December 6th! Woo-hoo! Katt posted the whole story of that trip here: http://journeyfromself.wordpress.com/2012/12/14/day-two-december-7-2012-lost-trail/
Here’s all of the photos! Thanks for watching!