Variable weather had me wondering where we would end-up for our Haute Route. As it worked out, the fluctuating cumulus clouds lead us to heavenly climbs and descents. This kept the crowds at bay most days, leaving us tranquil in the huts. 80cm of fresh snow was deposited as we started, giving us fabulous runs to the valley floors. The climb over the Pigne d’Arolla was done under perfect blue skies. Wednesday, we skied cool powder then corn to Arolla, then skinned up to the Bertol Hut. The clouds were thick at times, cooling us for the climbs, but breaking enough to let us enjoy the downhill runs. The preparation for the PDG was apparent in bit and pieces. The Swiss Army was setting up the high altitude posts for this prestigious race. Download the App to follow your favorite team. Jamie and his two friends, Bill and Andrew, made for super companions for this Alpine traverse. Thanks so much you guys!
(Update: Dec.11) Jamie has produced some mind blowing prints of his shots.
And I have this great urge to thank my sponsors for everything they have done for me these past few years. Mammut has been with me since I started selling their gear in my shop 15 years ago! Their colection has exploded into a vast array of Gor, polypro and wool. Handling a Mammut rope is a climber’s dream.
My first pair of skis were K2, and I still get super excited to feel the wind in this team’s sails, year after year. The energy I get from each turn of these skis, makes me convinced I am flying, not skiing, trough these fabulous Alps.
Scarpa has pushed the limits for so many years with their telmark and randonnée gear. The idea of putting baffels into a plastic boot, completely made it for me. The lightness one has, moving up and down through these hills, is a feeling not attainable by any other boot. I often forget to take my F1′s off at the end of the day becaues they feel like a pair of runnng shoes.
Thank you so much, you happy skiers who skied with me, for a wonderful winter season. Here comes sumer time!!! (And just a few more Alpine ski decsents…)