2012 Skiing Recap

Daryl getting some turns on Mt. St. Helens at sunset

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/

Daryl Greaser, Tok, Alaska skiing

Skiing in Tok, Alaska in February 2012. Brr!

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/

Daryl Greaser skis Saddle Mountain, Montana

Daryl in front of Montana’s Saddle Mountain at Lost Trail Pass.

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/

Daryl Greaser skiing Trapper Peak, Montana

Above treeline on Trapper Peak, Montana’s Bitterroots.

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/

Katt McClaine skis near Galena summit, Idaho

Katt heads to the drop in point, near Galena summit, Idaho

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/

Daryl Greaser skiing off the summit of Mt. Adams, Washington, 1 July 2012

Daryl skiing off the summit of Mt. Adams, Washington, 1 July 2012

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!!

Daryl Greaser Skiing Grinnell Glacier, Glacier National Park, October 2012

Skiing Grinnell Glacier, Glacier National Park, October 2012

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/

Daryl Greaser shreds gnar at Lost Trail Pass, Montana

POW POW baby! That’s what I’m talking about!

Daryl Greaser at Lost Trail Pass, Montana, pre-season

nana nana nah-nah!

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/

Conner and Katt on Conner’s first day, 6 December 2012 at Lost Trail Pass, Montana

Here’s all of the photos! Thanks for watching!

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