|Our second trip summiting Diamond Head, this route was much more fun|
Nothing beats boots on the ground for learning an area.
I often like to call my first attempt "scouting". Scouting is a great word that transforms a day that falls short of my goal and could otherwise feel like failure into a day that prepares me to reach my goal on another day or helps me discover a more interesting goal.
|Scouting in the Chiwawa River Basin|
Ryan and I attempted to ski Mill Point this weekend, but did not reach our objective. Yep, I felt bummed. But I will return! You can hold me to it.
What went wrong? I was unprepared for the trail conditions in combination with the weather. I looked at the satellite photos, but couldn't tell the miles of blow downs from a passable trail. Now I know what acres of blown down trees look like on the satellite image.
I now dub this trip a scouting trip!
While up on the ridge we saw a potentially better trail on the next ridge South....looks like we could skin up a forest service road that will meet up with our original line.
|If you look closely you can see a road on the far ridge|
Here's the hillmap of the ridge in question. Looks like the road is semi-visible on the satellite image, although not present on the topo map.
I'll report back when we've skied Mill Point, but I will wait until the snow conditions favor the ascent. Might be next season.
|Success on the second go: North Early Winter Spire, Washington Pass|