The Elk Lake Hut Backpack Trip, Saturday/Sunday 28th 29th Nov. 2015. Thanks Tudor for the trip report.
Sunny skies and great skiing weather, compared to last year’s -30 and cancelled. The set tracks and snow conditions very good. Depth of snow 40 cm on our downhill to hut. Temp: -19 at start at trail head parking, to plus in afternoon sun. We were eight: Kelly, Linda, Judy, Barb, Amanda, Bob, Dion and Tudor; and Saturday sleepover with four others in the hut.
Backcountry Backpacked Steed.
We’re off the set tracks;
Barb’s behind pulling bobsleigh,
and whipping this unbroken back country bronco
on a rough tracked carousel.
I wobble, mogul my way
down the steep Hydro cut line,
levelling off at times;
and on challenging mid section,
bucked off many times
into feathery deep snow…
….my head a merry-go-round,
getting no-where fast,
but past the saying:
three tries for a Welshman!
After my eighth, I prank off my skis –
“I’ll walk,” and duly stepped through
the thin packed upper crust,
to the knee deep base.
Fall after fall, takes my stuffing.
With Alpine Christmas-turkey-supper ahead,
back on, couple more blips,
then near perfect bottom section
to the hut.
Many a but, but not beaten.
Back out, a re-waxed new day,
through overnight gloriously cut diamond snow,
uphill to track set, with rocking horse stability…
…and stable tracked sprint to finishing post.
Next year, skins for sure.
© Tudor (this, my first Club trip, first loaded backpack, and mogul like downer)
Many thanks to Kelly and Linda our trip leaders, and all for your preparation, company, advice, fun.