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Always love your reports Mark!

Chris Silvester
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On Mar 26, 2017 20:22, "Mark P. Renson" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Rather than risk dealing with a frozen padlock late at night in the cold,
> I headed up on a Saturday morning and skinned to Hermit Lake.  There,
> Hutmistress Sarah showed me where the blowtorch is stored so I could remedy
> any frozen lock issue and not have to repeat sleeping on the floor. At our
> morning meeting I got to meet our newest Snow Ranger, young hot shot
> climber Alexa, a local rock and ice guide with AMGA coursework.
>
> In the afternoon, I led an NSP Avalanche group to a safe spot at the Bowl
> near the bottom of R Cubed.  Things went well and I enjoyed lecturing and
> doing downhill guiding afterwards through Connection and Little Headwall
> finding nice skiing for all.
>
> Then at a little after 5pm, we got the word for:  http://www.
> mountwashingtonavalanchecenter.org/2017/03/20/stranded-
> climbers-march-18-2017/
> Whaddya' know, Alexa flexed her technical climbing skills and led up
> Damnation Buttress at twilight and into the dark and up Damnation Gully.
> She totally crushed it!  Another patroller was at the top of the gully
> while I and another patroller were on standby in the cabin doing
> communications, logistics and scribing which was praised.  The next
> morning, I enjoyed a Sherburne run and then we had an extensive debriefing
> about the prior night rescue which was especially valuable - sorry, lotsa'
> top secret stuff that I can't discuss.
>
> This weekend, it was all snow down to the notch as I skinned up under a
> headlamp which was very worth it as I had nice untracked at sunrise the
> following morning down the Sherburne.  Later, we had a snow geek day as 5
> of us gathered with no less than 4 of us having AMGA coursework - it was
> wonderful being with such a professional crew in many ways.  With a new
> Head Snow Ranger comes changes and I am excited about them and buying into
> the new demands.  We poked around Left Gully and the Bowl and had some fun
> turns with the punchy knee wrenching wind slab, death crust and some
> powder.  The descent down the steep super fun Test Slope was a highlight
> for sure.  Today was just a nice day but with the sun blasting the cold
> wind slabs, we kept things conservative.  I did see a small wet loose slide
> in Sluice and per a pic I saw on FB there might have been something ripping
> loose In Right Gully. I made a second and final run down of the day down
> the Sherburne and conditions and coverage was outstanding.
>
>
> Mark P. Renson
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