Louie and I posted our summit photos a few days ago. Because our group was doing a ‘Retreat from Moscow’ due to the weather and issue of getting on the waiting list for plane flights, I didn’t get photos of the boys, till yesterday. Getting the images ready for upload took a while, and here they are finally.
While working on these excellent photos (many from Jordan, others from the rest of the group), I was struck by just how fortunate we were on this trip. Again, getting seven guys in the same expedition skiing off the summit on the same day was a in my opinion a somewhat rare gift offered by the mountain, and I continue to savor it.
FYI, we’re still stranded by the weather at Kahiltna Base. People are starting to act strange, making weird noises and gazing for hours across the glacier with what I’m calling the ‘Kahiltna Stare.’ Hopefully any mental problems that develop will be limited in consequence due to the absence of weaponry, but then, everyone has an ice axe. Luckily we’ve got Whippets as well, and have practiced the art of ski pole throwing. Thus, we plan on arriving in Talkeetna alive and uninjured.
WildSnow.com publisher emeritus and founder Lou (Louis Dawson) has a 50+ years career in climbing, backcountry skiing and ski mountaineering. He was the first person in history to ski down all 54 Colorado 14,000-foot peaks, has authored numerous books about about backcountry skiing, and has skied from the summit of Denali in Alaska, North America’s highest mountain.