On Wed, 10 Mar 2010 04:08:45 -0800, Mark P. Renson 
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>Had some ground moose for dinner courtesy of a cah strike on Route 16 which
>was finished off with a slug from a shotgun per permission from fish and game.

As much as I dislike commenting on the peripheral aspects of Mark’s TRs, that 
part really cracked me up.
A few conditions notes for the past few days (sorry, no pics – I use my camera 
only for baby shoots these days):

- Thursday, drove up in preparation to teach at the NSP/AMC avy course, so 
after not getting started until almost 1:00, first went up the TRT & Triple Right 
Gully to the Alpine Garden, and dropped 1200' vert into Raymond Cataract 
down to just above the, well, Cataract.  The Ray part was pretty rough 
(hugely wind eroded), but the mond part had some decent snow (although 
would have been better earlier with some sun directly on it).  Skinned back up 
to the summit, then came down a very nice packed powder Otto onto the NE 
Snowfield’s wind slab (which felt good by contrast after a brief stretch of some 
eroded snow so chattery that one of my knee pads vibrated right off my knee 
down to my boot top).  The very tippy top of TRG was okay b/c it only 
recently had gone into shadow, but after that it was firm all the way to the 
AMC dinner (which although not freshly killed moose, was still pretty good after 
all the Gu).

- Friday skinned up GoST then up to almost the tippy top of the most 
prominent Finger (i.e., immediately to skinner’s right of #3).  I was too early for 
optimum snow quality, but it was already decent.  Continued back down GoST 
a ways then up and across and down and more across Graham to Sherburne, 
skins back on again and up to the crux of TRG to rejoin my boot pack of the 
prior day (which had only partly erased by some guy skiing it just before 
sunset).  Braced myself at the Alpine Garden for the typical wind tunnel but . . 
. perfect calm and warm temps.  Continued that way all the way to the 
summit.  Skiing off the summit cone and NESF would have been perfect but for 
the extremely flat light, almost vertigo inducing, and requiring skiing next to the 
rocks for contrast.  Decided on Lobster Claw: excellent condition, and could 
even start off on a decent portion on the kind of rib in between it and TRG.  
Would have loved to take more laps in the absolutely perfect conditions, but 
had to hustle down to meet up with my fellow avy instructors for AMC lunch 
(which once again was not freshly killed moose, but still pretty good after all 
the Gu).

- Saturday, the AMC breakfast (pancakes – much better than moose at that 
hour) started at 6:30, and the avy course started at 8:00.  Thought about 
skipping the AMC breakfast (I’d brought lots of Gu...), but the skiing wasn’t 
going to be worth a true dawn patrol anyway given the overnight refreeze.  So 
I just went up to the Little Headwall, which in a few places was already almost 
(yet definitely not yet) good.  Was getting ready for my beacon presentation 
when AMC staff handed me a note: “wife not feeling well, please call her.”  
Ooops - so much for teaching patrollers how to find buried people, and time 
instead to help Andrea change diapers and other such activities.  (Fortunately 
Micayla is already making great contributions to avalanche safety education: . . . although I’m not quite sure 
what Mark is doing in that picture.)  Delivered the presentation (with uxorial 
permission) then drove back to Western Mass.  What a contrast between a 
warm, sunny, dry climate vs cold, overcast, precip - except this time it was 
the reverse of the usual contrast!

- Sunday is the big field day for the course.  Looks like the weather might be 
okay higher up, so sure hope it works out well for them.  The lead instructor 
has a really clever idea for their introduction to treeline, so some decent vis will 
help out too!

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