Well, I just returned from an epic Utah trip (3 weeks long!!!) and I'm back to living vicariously through the internet. Within 3 days after I landed in SLC a storm rolled in, and Solitude got 45" of light fluffy powder in one day (the biggest 24 hour snow total in their history). The snow went haflway up my thigh with fatties on, and it stayed light and fluffy for weeks!!! Hence, a few dayes later, with guidance of the locals and a transiever under my jacket hiking to the backcountry I went. I was quickly reminded that hiking can be a lot more dangerous than skiing down. Is anybody familiar with Fantasy ridge at Solitude. If anybody is not, the path is icy and about 1 foot wide, with a 100 foot cliff to the right, and nothing good to fall into on the left either. With a pair of fatties over the right shoulder and poles in the other hand, I didn't exactly feel well balanced. It was well worth it in the end, dropping into 1500 steep vertical feet of freshie, nevertheless very scary. Any comments on making the hike safer, or rants about the storm I mentioned are welcome.
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2/21/02 at 12:43pm