|Canadian Skimo Training camp - Michelle Katchur Roberts, Marg Fedyna, Melanie Bernier, Steve Sellars, Brad Schalles, Peter Knight - photo Igor Bernas|
|Leaving the Illicillewaet parking lot for the long climb up with packs. My setup... Manaslu 161cm with Dynafit Radical ST bindings|
|the Asulkan hut ahead|
|Steve getting closer|
|Asulkan Hut - sleeps 12 max|
|Michelle, Peter & Steve off for a few runs|
|Michelle heading up to the bunks|
|Mostly Dynafit TLT6's drying by the fire|
|View from the Hut down to the trailhead|
|What am I doing?! - photo Michelle Katchur Roberts|
|Michelle digging a path to the outhouse... |
outhouse abit far away from the hut I thought
|getting clipped in - photo Michelle Katchur Roberts|
|terrain we covered|
|Yes, it looks abit lumpy and boney in the early season!|
|The whole crew putting skins on. |
Check out the lumpy terrain at the bottom!
|Steve making his way up. Good powder runs from the top!|
|Marg on the last skin up to the hut to get packs for the final descent - photo Steve Sellars|
Steve and I put on dry clothes and ate well before we began the final descent. Going into a steep powder section, my right ski dove into the snow and unclipped. I flew forward with myself and the heavy pack. I attempted to keep my eye on where my ski dove into the snow. It was nowhere to be seen.
Steve skinned up to help me shovel as I used my probe to search the nearby area. The time ticked away. It was a horrible feeling to think of the possibility of not finding the ski.
Peter and Michelle were just coming up from their ski day. Peter stopped to search lower down and found my ski within minutes. Phew!
My guess is the ski went 20' forward under the snow from where it entered. I tumbled just abit further. The ski also went further to the opposite direction even though I thought it went in straight.
Thanks to Steve for spending a lot of energy digging with the shovel!
|Spectacular views from the hut - photo Michelle Katchur Roberts|
|Peter skinning up - photo Michelle Katchur Roberts|
|Awesome shot - photo Michelle Katchur Roberts|
Once we hit the lower section of x-c like trails, I was good! Double-pole most of the way back.
Awesome experience to be with this strong crowd at a challenging area. Ha, it was my first backcountry trip!!