"I dare you to hike up Mount Baker!"
Did I hear him correctly?
We spent Easter weekend skiing with the family,
but some lingered longer and decided to do some back country skiing.
She was going to become his back country skiing partner?
Back country skiing is skiing in unmarked and ungroomed slopes.
Backcountry skiing without a guide is NOT anappropriate activity
for most recreational skiers,families on vacation,
or anyone who is "fitness-challenged".
I've seen this mountain for many years as I grew up in the Sumas flats.
(Mt. Baker's front view)
But this was a rare opportunity for some to hike to the top with their ski equipment.
Sun and blue skies...what else can we ask.
I was in the back room of the lodge preparing supper
and I heard clanging sounds...
voices discussing the necessities for packing.
Ropes and harness
First Aid Kit
Mom's down filled mitt's
And an ORANGE!
But why on earth would they need to start their adventure at 2:00 am?
Little did I know about the technicalities of back country skiing.
I prefer to start my ski day at 10:00 am.
Then I heard a distinct comment,
"The beacons are both not working"
My awareness surged at that moment.
I needed clarification.
a well experienced ski patrol/guide whose expertise lies in guiding groups.
His jacket and equipment gave me the assurance I needed.
An exasperated look.
How much further to the top?
Reaching the summit and experiencing the warmth of the sun.
A smile of victory.
And no summit can be celebrated without an ORANGE!
That is their tradition.
And she comes gliding down that slope making fresh tracks.
Safe and sound!
Only to have enjoyed another preeminent mountain experience.
(Mt. Baker from the back view)
"Society speaks and all men listen,
mountains speak and wise men listen."