So for the 8th time in the last month, I hauled my butt up the North Skyline Trail to the snowline. Twice I did it on my bike. That did wonders for my riding already. 5 times I hiked it, and this time I threw on a 40 lb backpack to get me ready for my 45 mile trip through Paria Canyon next week. This time around I made it up to 8260 ft, that was a gain of 2500-3000, not really sure, in 3 miles one way. That put me on the ridge that’s visible from North Ogden, the Southern-most part of the ridge.
The snow’s melting fast, a 300 ft glissade that I was able to do on Monday is now not doable, that was 2 days for 3 feet of snow to disappear. Glissading it was fun though. It was really steep, about 70 degrees and I had to find a curved stick to use for self arrest. It was great.
|This is what I glissaded down on Monday, it’s all but gone now.|
|On the ridge looking at the rest of the trail under snow|
|Standing on the snow…again|
|Ben Lomond with the sun low in the sky behind it.|
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