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Old 01-02-2013, 09:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Pickhandle Point, WA 01Jan2013

This was my first actual backcountry trip ever, so the description may not be so great.

gear: K2 Panoramic 162
burton mission binders
burton moto boots

Started off with an easy drive from Yakima up hwy 410 to Bear Gap trailhead just before 410 closes off for us. Cloudy morning and wasn't expecting much visability for the trip, but the clouds broke just as we got to the trail head. Trail started off super easy with little to no elevation gain which was great for me since I'm still extremely new at skinning out and working on my technique.

After about an hour and a half the trail opened up and our destination was in sight. The flat trail gave way to the hillside and we chose to stick to a skin track left behind (probably from the day prior) switching back and forth through the trees. Took me about two hours total to make it up to the ridgeline and I felt bad cause my friend who went with me, who was obviously in better shape, kept having to wait for me to catch my breath every 50 feet or so. I was completely exhausted by the time we reached the peak, but it was totally worth it. The view was amazing and it felt great being able to accomplish this feat while everyone else was still in bed nursing their hangovers from the night prior

The snow had a thin layer of sun crust but was still fluffy underneath which made for some fun turns. I was pretty impressed with the trip but not so impressed with my set up. My boots felt great throughout the day, but I feel like the bindings added a shit-ton of weight and gave horrible responsiveness from the board. Thinking about ordering some Spark Blaze after doing some research and they seem to be lighter than the voile light rails(not much but every bit counts I suppose).


All in all, it was a fun trip. Wasn't difficult at all and a great first time excursion out for me. Learned quite a bit about avy protocal and slope analysis from my friend. He does SAR and has taken a ton of courses so he was extremely informative. Definitely want to invest in a course for myself when the $$ allows for it.

-Leo

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