April 14, 2012


Kanchee's big sister is Knoya.  Big sister was cruel today in the shade with 4 inches of snow from the Easter storm sitting on a firm snowpack, rocks, or rocks coated with a half inch of ice.  The ice-coated rocks were tricky climbing with or without skis.  After abandoning my skis for a bootpack to the ridgeline, I slipped a couple of times on the descent, but fortunately didn't slide too far.

The brilliant morning sun gave way to grey clouds just after noon, but the snow below 2500 ft el. was slushy without the sun.  The snow above 3000 ft was scritchy regardless of aspect.  South-facing snow below 1800 ft was becoming rotten at 3 p.m.

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