First, this isn’t quite a stupid as it looks. Kinda dumb though.
Dropping a cornice is a known way to test the avalanche conditions in the backcountry if you don’t have dynamite like ski patrol does. There are some safe ways to do it, including sawing through it with a knotted rope or cutting it with a snow saw on a ski pole. You can kick if off, but you should be on a roped belay because you can’t really be sure where it is going to break. In fact, I was clearly surprised when this one broke right at my foot.
However the consequences here where not going to be that great. Here is a shot an hour later near the top of Mt. Ralston, and I didn’t go anywhere near that cornice!
As the old saying goes, “Its much better to be on the ground wishing you were flying than in the air wishing you were on the ground”.
We drove out to the Humboldt Range in Nevada to climb the highest in the range, Star Peak. We should be skiing but there just isn’t any snow around. It was forecast to be a windy day so we drove out there, and windy it was! It had to be 90 mph or more at the top. In fact, we didn’t even make it the last little bit to the top because we feared for our dogs eyes with the screaming wind and stinging bits of ice hitting us.
Other than a long night on Mt. McKinley with Betsy many years ago, I’ve never experienced winds like this. Well, except for sticking my hand out the window of the plane. I am SO glad we didn’t fly out there.
As a follow up to my “best of photos”, I’ve gone through my videos and selected the best, in my opinion, of 2013. First, you can see all my videos on vimeo at my video page: https://vimeo.com/neygrant
Here are my picks for the best of 2013:
I can’t help but put this at the top, it is pretty obvious it means a lot to me – it also got me into being a presenter at Osh Kosh and free gear from GoPro and others:
In Celebration of 100 Flying Adventures
This one gets a lot of attention because of the swivel mounted camera. I wanted a song with a strong beat – and I got it – but I know its a little strong for some.
GoPro Aerial Tour of the West – Flying over Mountains, Valleys, Coastline and Deserts
I like this one because it tells a story, and its an attempt at some humor. It helps if you are a kayaker, but hopefully you’ll laugh regardless.
California Kayakers Do Idaho
The rest are here because they are among my favorite moments and memories of the past year:
Fly, Bike, Ski Expedition to Ellery Bowl – A first Ascent?
Baja Whale Petting at San Ignacio Lagoon
Narrated “Scary” Flight To Schafer Meadows USFS Airstrip
Like adventures with dogs? Check out our faithful (like, go-anywhere-faithful) companions Bodie and Ande:
Bodie and Ande Climb Mt Agassiz
Bodie and Ande Go Canyoneering (Hiking in Utah Canyons)
Bodie and Ande Ski a Mountain