Alpental Ice, March 2002
After bailing out of a planned climb of the North Twin Sister, Scott and friends decided to hike Mt. Persis, whereas I opted to take advantage of the last dump of the season and make turns in heavy Alpental pow. The snow was...well...heavy, but after a fresh wax it was all good. I wasn't expecting any climbable ice to be 'in' this late in the season and was suprised when I saw a couple of guys climbing the small ice flow to the left of the Alpental quad chair.
I called Scott later that evening and suggested that we give it a shot the next day. I would meet Scott later that next afternoon at the Granite Mountain trailhead and together with his friend John we drove up to the pass. I brought my AT gear with me and had to convince Scott and John who were without skis to just get on the damn chair. Without skis, or hassles for that matter, we all got on the chair and rode lazily to the top. I skied somewhat clumsily (for the first time in 10 years) down to the ice flow and waited for Scott and John to set up the top rope. (more...)
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