High (of) Five

By:  Greg
December 18, 2011

Whispers were in the air Saturday night, and it wasn’t just about a Vermont Pow Clause. Nope, it had finally really begun. Were we to believe it though? There was only one way to find out: brave the forecast high of five, and see for ourselves. To be honest, as we approached, it didn’t look good. In fact it looked barren, rocky, windswept, and (did I mention?) COLD.
it didn't look good.

Gradually, as the temperature warmed up to a high of five, things started to look better.
things started to look better.

We made our stability assessments, and came up with a plan that allowed for some turns to be made. We’re not an avalanche forecasting or avalanche education website (we leave that to the professionals), so I’ll omit the details. Just know that as in all backcountry skiing situations, we were ready to walk right back down the (miserably windswept wasteland of sharp rocks with 2 inches of snow) way we came up if we weren’t happy. Well, we actually were going to have to do that anyway… but before that happened we did some of this:
some turns finally!

Jake seemed just slightly content ;)
Jake getting his groove on

We only could get about halfway down before the snow ran out, so we packed up, booted up, high fived, and skied some stones.
skiing some stones

skiing some stones

I’m not sure that’s how it’s supposed to be done, but we all laughed, and pressed on to find some more…

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  1. powhounddd
    wrote on December 19th, 2011 at 10:10 am  

    Good job. I was wondering when we’d see the first of the MountWash snoventures of 11-12!

    • Greg
      wrote on December 19th, 2011 at 12:08 pm  

      well… actually… the first one was over on Eastern Backcountry. This is the second ;)

  2. MadPatSki
    wrote on December 19th, 2011 at 12:03 pm  

    Nice … no snow should be left untouched.

    • Greg
      wrote on December 19th, 2011 at 12:10 pm  

      haha… nice. i like how you can read

      “no snow should be left untouched”

      two different ways without changing the punctuation. Noam Chomsky and Groucho Marx would be proud.

      “Flying planes can be dangerous”

      “Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana.”

  3. rangerjake
    wrote on December 19th, 2011 at 2:07 pm  

    What a great day. I want some context to my slide down that rock ;)
    An attempt at a stationary kick turn on a 60deg rime rock. I got what I had coming.

    Shots are super. I got home and felt like I had just scratched a long bothersome itch. Ahhhhhh.

    PS. Tell KC I owe her one voile strap. Found in my pocket when drying gear.

    • Greg
      wrote on December 19th, 2011 at 7:44 pm  


    • Jaa5
      wrote on January 21st, 2015 at 12:16 pm  

      Hey RangerJake, can you PM me please?

  4. Greg
    wrote on December 19th, 2011 at 5:48 pm  

    can’t believe no one’s commented on the creepy dude in the balaclava advert

    • powhounddd
      wrote on December 21st, 2011 at 7:58 pm  

      ROFL I was lookin at the page at work and saw some skin there and quickly scrolled – creepy clava guy is looking at undies gal. Oboy I best get outdoors soon before I crack.

    • Anonymous
      wrote on December 21st, 2011 at 9:12 pm  

      omg just got it!!! lol

  5. ml242
    wrote on December 19th, 2011 at 9:19 pm  

    Looks like a great day in the no blog zone. But where’s the one pic TR in the roll call, GP? Do I have to put in a formal complaint or something? You know I can see the UN from my house, but don’t make me go there.

    • Greg
      wrote on December 19th, 2011 at 11:10 pm  

      I think I’m better off not engaging in there anymore. Thanks for stopping by ml242!

  6. ml242
    wrote on December 19th, 2011 at 11:42 pm  

    I mean, I come over here anyway to check out KC’s photos. ;)

    • Anonymous
      wrote on December 20th, 2011 at 8:27 am  

      I’m here for the free appetizers… sucks that it’s a cash bar though

    • K_C
      wrote on December 21st, 2011 at 4:21 pm  

      Thanks ML, I know you like my photos – it gives you an excuse to stare at Greg all day.

  7. rangerjake
    wrote on December 20th, 2011 at 8:39 am  

    creepy guy in the ‘clava.

    I just thought you took a self portrait at the end of the day.

    • Anonymous
      wrote on January 1st, 2012 at 5:49 pm  

      Greg is a true Jersey gaper…born and raised gape

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