Tuesday, May 20, 2014

This is the what.

“After God created men and women, according to local legend, he gave them cattle, the source of ‘milk and meat and prosperity of every kind.’ But God offered mankind a choice: ‘You can either have these cattle, as my gift to you, or you can have the What.’

“The pacific Dinka wisely chose the cow. But others picked, and continue to seek, the mysterious, unnamable, destructive and possibly unattainable What.”

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Lolo Peak on Saturday – made the north summit in 2 hours 40 minutes. After spending much of the spring sick -- including a 10-day stretch when I was the sickest I've been since being hospitalized for malaria -- it feels good to feel fine.

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Up early to go at it again on Sunday.

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Parked at 5800 feet and made it within a few hundred feet of the summit in 2 hours 15 minutes. Waited out snowshowers and fog on St. Mary, then made just two turns in the bowl before traversing out: ice.

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One of a twin, who stopped by for a beer on Saturday:

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It’s spring, so I thought I would embark on a little home improvement.

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Actually, this was less “home improvement” and more “keep the porch from collapsing under a snow load”.

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I got a new camera, finally. I’m blown away with what you can get for $118.

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Mother’s Day.

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Free ice cream at DQ, which mom shared.

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One of the better powder days so far this spring.

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About 50 people came for our Cinco party, including Sammy.

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A nice descent, finally, from the summit of Gash.

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Creepy glide avalanches all over.

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I feel bad saying this, because I know a bunch of the guys behind this, but I find the Omnibar inedible. At $3 for a 2-ounce bar, well, I guess people out there have more money than I do to spend on trail snacks.

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Early starts for spring skiing. It’s now light from 5 a.m. until about 10:15 p.m. Get after it!

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