Every first day of the season has to have some rough patches right? Luckily, the day was glorious and the snow was deep, which helped me forget the bootpacking/powdercrawling...
I overnighted in my car in the parking lot at Alpental to avoid waking up early, and got to see dawn rise over the resort, before meeting up with Mike and Dimas and heading up towards Source Lake.
It was wild to be at Source Lake in the winter - the last time I was up there I was scrambling over talus towards the Tooth, and the snow made everything way easier. The Source Lake bowl was looking pretty thin, so we climbed up a steep skin track towards Great Scott Bowl.
Halfway up, my skins decided they didn't want to hold on any longer, so I took some tumbles and finished the climb in my boots.
Luckily, I found Scott, whose skins were pulling the same shenanigans, and we took turns breaking trail for one another while the clouds cleared over Bryant Peak.
My skinning fiasco took up a fair while, and I didn't feel eager to get back on the bootpacking horse, so I packed it in and headed back to town for my afternoon shift. But I can't wait to get out again!