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How to Be Okay, part 1

February 20, 2011

Had we been more efficient with our time on Saturday morning, we could have been to the top of Wood Camp by 10 am, but that’s not really how the day worked out.

And I didn’t care. After a week of greater-than-average stress, I was not concerned that we were behind schedule, mostly because there wasn’t actually a schedule.


Once on the ridge, we picked a line that was most likely skiable and dropped in. A break in the cliff band provided us with world class skiing all the way down.

Wood Camp is the site of the largest avalanche in Logan Canyon (or something like that). We skied out through half a mile of serious avalanche debris. Fifteen foot tall walls ice and snow on either side of a frozen river.  Humbling.  It’s hard to feel confident when you realize that no matter how good you are at avalanche rescue, you will not survive being buried by a slide of that magnitude.  We skied the debris like it was a natural terrain park – a massive icy halfpipe.

This is how I’ve learned to be okay: standing on a snowy ridge, deciding whether to ski the sun-baked crust on the southern aspect, or risk getting cliffed-out on the northern aspect. It’s hard to worry about work or an exam when you’re watching your friend traverse a dangerous slope. It’s hard to worry at all when you are sinking in to your boots turn after turn.  It’s a lot easier to deal with an irrational jerk when you remember how much fun you had last weekend, and realize how you are going to do the same thing the next weekend.

It was a good day out.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Ang permalink
    February 22, 2011 10:35 pm

    Who is the irrational jerk you are referring to?

  2. mamaface permalink
    February 24, 2011 4:12 pm

    It’s a good day when I don’t find out about the largest avalanche blah blah blah… until later.

    This made me cry, btw. A good kind of cry.

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