Throwback to last Saturday, when it wasn’t raining everywhere... made it up to the crater rim on Mt. St. Helens! I learned a lot of good lessons, like taking an effective angle with ski crampons on hard steep snow, when to back off a skin track that traverses a ridge that is just too steep and exposed (at least for my risk tolerance), transitioning on a hard, smooth, steep slope (cut foot holds with your ax!), strap on crampons fall off of my ski boots pretty easily, communication on the trail is key, I’m much faster skinning than hiking if the snow is right, sometimes, skiing back to the boot path is the fastest way up, moleskin is essential, particularly if your friend just got new ski boots, and for me, the mountains are best experienced as an encounter with encompassing beauty, that you are swept up in, taking each step with a sense of curious adventure and discovery... a sense of competition can steal that away, so tell ya what @msayenko
, I’ll just meet you at the top next time! :) haha. Good adventuring with you, man.