Not much touring posts, in January. My Dad is complaining about all the inactivity on my blog. Sorry Dad. After a dry spell which forced me to break out the skate skis, January really delivered. My deck looked like this several times in January. Ended up skiing lots of chairlift days at Alpental.
Hooked up with Scott Otterson for his annual ski day. He's back to Germany to work on wind power next week. Also, along for the tour was Greg Louie. With no real agenda we headed up the commonwealth valley. We got sucked over towards Guy Peak and found an interesting ascent route through the cliffs to attain Cave Ridge. Climbed to the high point of Cave Ridge then dropped North towards Mt. Snoqualmie before hanging a right back into the commonwealth drainage. More touring, than turning, but an excellent day in the woods.
First tour of 2012! My nephew Jack and his dad Leonard are signed up for a three day avalanche course over MLK weekend. Needing a little touring practice we headed out the back door for a Mt. Catherine tour. Unfortunately for Len, his demo skis came with undersized skins that were not staying connected to his skis. He dialed in using his backcountry gear, but ultimately had to turn back with his skin issues. Continuing with Jack, we topped out at the summit of Mt. Catherine and enjoyed the views before dicing up the fresh powder, As in most of my tours, the downhill seemed to be over far too quick. However the snow was great, and it was good to get my nephew out experiencing skiing without a chairlift.