Storm Days for Ski The Big 3 expedition, May 6 2014
We’re on the Kahiltna Glacier at the base of the icefall leading up to our possible climb and ski route on the western and south reaches of Mount Hunter. Still laying here in my big blue sleeping bag, alternating between staring at the ceiling, reading, making hot drinks and snoozing. It’s hard not to notice the snow and wind lightly rocking the walls of our tent. Intuition liners, skins, sunglasses, hats, jackets, mugs, socks and more are hanging throughout the interior of our lair.
We figure we have enough food to feed a normal human being on a normal diet for over a year. Yesterday, after hauling sleds four miles across the Kahiltna, it wasn’t too hard to finish our assigned portions. Today, doing little more than laying in my sleeping bag, it is proving more difficult to consume mass quantities.
We are at the base of the incredible and burly looking icefall below Hunter. We can’t actually see it today but the glimpse we got yesterday showed a complex day ahead of us to skirt it. Back to sleep now.
Jordan White is a strong alpinist who finished skiing all 54 Colorado 14,000 foot peaks in 2009. He guides, tends bar, and lives the all-around perfect life in Aspen.