Friday The Shepherd put out the word that Saturday looked like a good day to make a run at it. I had plans to take the kids skiing but I knew we could do that any weekend. Furthermore the way the storms were stacking up and the snow pack stability was firming up. This would be the day. I rearranged my plans.
A group of 7 of us met up at the trailhead and we were skinning before 6:30. The elevation went by quickly as we frequently looked into the valley to check our progress. The snow was pretty crusted over but we had the good fortune of following a 4 wheeler track that had pretty much groomed the trail for us. Once we had made it up to the second hamongog the group had thinned as schedules and blisters took over and our groomed run came to an end.
|Later in the morning we saw a hot air balloon rise above the inversion cloud.|
|Lone Peak on the left and BigHorn on the far right.|
The one we affectionately refer to as Hobear lead us up the entire way. Forget about the fact he is 14 years old. He hiked with the strength of three men. The old guys like having a young buck around to keep us humble.
|My favorite picture of the day: A heavily flocked Evergreen framing Box Elder and Timponogos in the distance.|
|Dug and Tyler|
|Looking down into the Lone Peak Cirque. Come up in the summer and climbers will be all over that wall.|
|Taking it all in.|
Here is a little video footage The Shepherd shot of the final approach to the summit: http://vimeo.com/m/58837044
After a bit of a rest and some lunch we were ready for the down. The snow had softened up a bit and made for some sweet turning on the way down.
P.S. Box Elder you are next.