I know there are more than a few of you out there that are holding on to this summer like the end jug on super slabby face. Fall climbing can be great, the temps start to drop, there is a crispness in the air. You have climbed all summer and hopefully built up your strength and endurance. Now is the time to send that project you tried back in the spring. So with all that in mind, I thought I would start this weekends videos with this little trad gem.
However, all good things must come to an end, and with that in mind, our summer here in the North Cascades is finally coming to a close. The winds have picked up, and the greyness is starting to settle in a bit. And with all this change, our thoughts start drifting forward to the ski season ahead.
As the previous video mentioned, with such amazing side-country and back-country access, you need to have an idea of just exactly what you are getting yourself into before you skin through that gate or duck that rope. Last year was a huge year for avalanches at Mt. Baker and throughout the rest of Washington as well. This next clip is from one of the hundreds of smaller slides on the mountain.
Before you decide to head into the back-country, be sure you have an Avalanche Course under your belt. AAI is starting our courses the first weekend of December and running through the beginning of March, so if you need a course, check the dates here and get signed up.
Have a great weekend! - James