Friday was Scout’s first day out for the season, when she joined Hans and I for a tour at Berthoud Pass. She made the cover photo for Saturday’s Colorado Powder Forecast (here) and also wins the award for making it look way better than it was. Before we get to the rest of the trip, here’s the shot of her working it for the camera:
Hans and I got a super-early start since he had to be back to Denver fairly early, heading up for the first skin a little after 10am. We didn’t expect this to be an issue (and it wasn’t) since we were only going to Second Creek.
Scout, not having been out in the mountains for a few months, forgot how to pace herself. While Hans and I slowly skinned up, she was charging up and down, back and forth, and generally burning off energy.
Not much later we were at the first transition; Hans and I slowly swapped over to get ready to ski while Scout patiently waited. A few minutes later, we were off.
The snow has been so good inbounds this year that neither Hans nor I have had too many days in the backcountry, and were feeling a little slow on the second skin up. Darn snow, making it so good inbounds! At least Scout was dragging pretty hard by this point.
We got up and took a look at Corner Pocket, which had been hit by some pretty funky winds (out of the NNE). We backed off and headed toward some trees a little farther down the ridge for a fun gladed line. I dropped first.
Then went Hans, enjoying some decent snow, particularly given the recent weather patterns.