This was the map that we used for the overall route for our journey on the weekend of the 12th. The ultimate goal was to get some backcountry snowboarding in and try out this new fan-dangled idea of skinning and make use of our new home made splitboards.
Some ski trails for the area once we get to pear lake. Spoiler alert, because of the sleds we didn’t make it to pear lake.
In order to get an early start Saturday we camped Friday night in the car.
Most of the 70 to 100 pounds that we carried in the sleds came from firewood.
Nice heavy burrito.
Here is the trailhead to Alta Peak/Pear Lake.
We’re laughing because our burritos are so … very… heavy.
Laughing at what we’ve gotten ourselves into.
Miserable. I think it’s the hardest I’ve physically ever worked. Tougher than Spartan Race and Tough Mudder combined.
Here is what the snowboard looks like split apart…
The trees have natural holes near them and man … my sled falling into each and every one of them nearly broke my will….
Here we are starting “The Hill”. Most hikers would walk up this with their snowshoes or skins but we… we were pulling 100 pound sleds. This hill took us ALL DAY. Turning what would normally be a day hike into a day adventure.
Pondering, resting, what are we doing?
We only carried water in our bottles making it necessary to boil snow later on when we camped. On day one, when we attacked the hill, we were extremely dehydrated.
View out of my tent at camp mid-hill.
I think the face says it all. What an exhausting haul up the hill.
Our fire slowly burned down inside the snow. Here’s a view from sitting down in the hole with the fire so that we could get some heat.
We decided not to skin downhill because it was hard. So we walked out the lower part of the trail out pulling the much… much… much… lighter pulks (sleds).
On our way to Pear Lake about to go down into another valley and lake.
Me near a tree…. I kept sliding down into them. The downside to splitboards, as I found out, is that unlike skis they don’t have two edges.
Long story short we decided to get down the brutal hill the easiest way possible which, much to our delight ended up being sledding down…. uncontrollably down the steep terrain.
Every adventure should end in a high calorie all meat pizza and beer.