I had hoped to get to the Rockpile last Sunday, but all my potential
accomplices were either otherwise engaged or were done for the season.
Not wanting to make the trek from Burlington solo I decided to stick
around town and play volleyball. Definitely not a bad
way to spend an afternoon, but I was a little bummed that I had missed
my last chance to get to slide on snow for the season (and a great day
that from what I've read on t4t). With more rain and warm temps last
I resigned myself to packing it in.
Then... on Sunday I heard from
Aaron. After he spent Saturday driving up and down Rt 100
unsuccessfully looking for some snow to ski, he decided he needed to
pay Otto a visit on Memorial Day. The beta we could gather led us to
believe there were still a few hundred continuous vert to ski, and that
the fog would be lifting by late morning. The winds
would be ripping up high, but we were pretty sure we could deal.
Ripping winds is exactly what we found as we got to the summit.
Not wanting to stay up there long we went back
downhill a little ways and began the hike to our destination:
With a little hiking...
a stop to wave to
and smell the alpine flowers
we were there
Once in the protection of the gully the wind was practically
non-existent, the sky was continuing to clear, and even though we had
just reached the snow things were beginning to feel a lot more like
summer. In fact things felt so much like summer that as we ate our
lunch the black flies began to swarm around us. Never thought I would
need bug spray for snowboarding!
Not wanting to sit there and get bitten up we decided it was time for
what we came for. I went first and led the way
and Aaron followed
What a blast! The snow was soft, the line tight and steep. We
descended till we ran out of snow and then back up we went
A break to enjoy some local reeb
and then we were back for more. This time Aaron took the lead
and I followed
Not wanting to say goodbye to the snow quite yet, we went back for
Finally feeling content with our harvest we packed up our gear and
What a great day to be on the Rockpile. Otto came through huge,
allowing us to give winter a proper send off. I think now I am finally
ready to be done for the season, but I make no promises ;-)
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