This was exceedingly cool.
One of my wife's friends is going along as a helper on an African trip for a group of MS and Parkinson's patients. Their primary goal is to hike/climb Mt. Kilamanjaro. The friend has been doing a lot of hiking at altitude to get as acclimatized as possible before the trip, but she also wanted to sleep at altitude if possible.
Through a few favors, they were able to get permission from the JH Mountain Resort to spend the night (this past Wednesday) sleeping in Corbet's Cabin at the top of the tram at 10,450 feet of elevation. I got to go along as the "expedition photographer". We hiked up from the base on Wednesday evening and spent the night in sleeping bags in the cabin.
The REAL treat came early the next morning. My wife and her two friends were allowed to ride down the mountain ON TOP of the JH aerial tram. They had to wear their climbing harnesses and tether to the undercarriage, but it was a smooth ride and looked really, really fun.
Here they are getting the safety rap from Chuck. This gives you a feel for how massive the tram structure is:
This is them leaving the top station:
Passing Tower 5:
Disappearing down the mountain next to Corbet's Couloir:
And since I was up there anyway, I took the opportunity to ski on Wednesday evening:
Here, I'm on my way across Rendezvous Bowl to ski out of bounds on the Far Drift. This shot gives you a feel for how much snow is still up in our mountains. In most years, you would only see remnant patches of snow in some of those shaded areas in the background. This year, there's snow everywhere.