Sunday, August 24, 2008

Mt Cheeseman

Sunrise as Jane and Gena near the summit of Mt Cheeseman (2031m)
Jane, Gena and I got an early start during the week and got to see the full moon and an amazing sunrise on a pre-work mission to Mt Cheeseman (the peak, not the ski area).
We saw some pretty impressive evidence of recent avalanche activity, no doubt a result from the huge (1-2m) snow falls we had during the previous week.

Jane and Gena beside a crevasse like cornice failure.

Gena has picked up some sponsorship from his impressive string of results in ski mountaineering races here in NZ and wanted to do a pose down in his suit.

Gena in full Lycra, with the Grey Range and a full moon in the back ground, Mt Cheeseman summit.
The skiing was generally pretty good, with cold temps keeping the snow nice where the wind hadn't destroyed it.
Gena skiing in to Tarn Basin

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"The skier who forsakes the lifts to climb under his own power to a mountain summit is a very different person from the downhill only piste basher and is often regarded by the latter as something of a curiosity.
But he was the creator of the sport; and possibly with him lies the future"
-Robin Fedden, The book of Europen Skiing, 1966
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