Recently, I posted in the forums looking for old winter gear. Folks responded with lots of kind words and offers of generosity. So I need to get back to contributing more often.
I heart BPL…..
This past weekend I was lucky enough to be free the morning after a good storm. I was going to be solo on this one, so I decided to play it safe and stick to a route I knew well. Mount Baldy’s Ski Hut Trail. I had to go early and go fast, my girls were set on surfing so I had to be home by noon. I even passed on some midnight biking fun in downtown LA so I could get some sleep, so I must’ve been serious. :) I was excited. This is my excited look...
Finally, my timing was just right for this one, fresh powder for the taking. Before long, all the hustle and hard work faded out and the good mountain energy flowed into my eyes and lungs and down through my loins. I was feeling chipper...
I got up past the hut pretty fast and there was nobody around. So, I decided to sit a while and wait for other people to come along before pushing onto the summit. I got mamas and babies back home so I tend to play things safe a lot of times...
After a time, a PBJ, and clearing the jammed snow out of my shoes, a pair of climbers appeared. We clicked some pics of each other and acted giddy at how good the day was. I pushed on ahead but I kept these guys in my rear view the rest of the way up in case any trouble arose. But what troubles could possibly exist in a place like this?
The intensely satisfying work of charging a peak in such yummy conditions with no other tracks around, made for a day I won’t soon forget (and believe me, I forget everything, just ask Wisner about the car key fiasco). I laid first tracks up the south ridge and enjoyed the summit alone for a bit before climbers started materializing out of the clouds.
Gear: The normal winter running stuff, except my new REI shell replaced my Houdini. Twenty minutes on the summit proved this shell to be exactly what I needed for winter peak bagging. Thank you William! This jacket is awesome!! My merino top, wool socks and synthetic shorts were all thrift store finds. Also, I use Brooks Pure Grit with thick wool socks, microspikes, Defeet gloves, small ice axe, ball cap. For emergency kit, I carried a large puffy, synthetic tights, more wool socks, thick wool Kat hat, Driducks bottoms, mylar bivy and basic survival bits. More stuff than i ever carry but I wanted a good margin of safety for doing this alone. Warm mitts and waterproof foot protection would have been good but I’m still working on that. The tips of my toes are still hard and numb two days later so I’m sure there will be a bit of healing to do there.