Day 58, it just keeps blowing strong and snowing up here! This time it swung from NW snow to cold SW snow, and then the wind was due to swing SSW and the skies to clear around 3pm, almost perfect snowkiting conditions due to the drifts.
Snow kited at 3pm, it was gusting up to 53kts on exposed ridges, but with the deeper soft snow the 7m kite was fine on the valley floor. Faceshots, smashing up drifts and cornices, soft landings, clear skies. Best kiting this year! 😄
Now usually the creeks are easy to spot, and the natural snow bridges are easy to navigate over... except when you have drifts around the creeks from 2 directions. I thought I was playing on a drift to see it open up into a creek. I tried to clear it, but I got caught on one side. I tried to use the kite to pop me out of there, but it didn't have enough power.
I got pinballed through a chest deep creek towards a snow bridge which turned into a watery cave. Survival mode. As soon as I got to dense snow I pulled all safeties on the kite. I could barely move, and couldn't see above the edges of the creek drifts. Calmly I found a way to wade and crawl out, I was cold but not as wet as I expected.
The lines were stuck in the snow bridge. I knew if I got too close (even with skis on) it was going to be hard to free the lines without breaking through again. I successfully removed the bar, but by this stage it was well twisted. I put my skins on and toured as fast as I could to keep my body warm to the nearest hut with a fire. After a slow thaw and undress, I got dry clothes on, and all ended up well, but oh what a day 😳
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