Dawn Patrol

November 30th, 2007

Well, not really dawn but it was early. Andreas threw out the idea of heading up to Snoqualmie Pass before work on Friday. Feeling more and more chained to my chair I said yes, I *need* to get out.

The snow was light and fluffy but the base wasn’t there yet; at the closed lift area (Alpental) the run we wanted to do (International) was a mass of barely-covered boulders. We traversed climber’s-left to the top of Chair One and skied down amongst the bushes to an open glade where–for a short pitch–the turns were heavenly. A couple yo-yo’s and a core-shot to one of my skis and we were back to the car.

I didn’t really take any pics except as an afterthought, with the cell phone, when Andreas boarded down the bridge. A whole posse went out to Mt Rainier on Saturday for higher-elevation snow but Friday was a trial run for my tweaky knee; I felt I should wait a little while longer lest I put myself out for the season. So I went for a run instead, my first in weeks. It was good.

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