Sunday, February 15, 2009

On post glacial soil evolution and a trip to beautiful Galehead

Happy Valentine’s Day! The weekend mountain weather seems to be in a rut. The past several weekends the winds have been extreme, temperatures arctic-like (at least with the wind chill), and there’s been a lot of cloud activity above 3500 feet reducing visibility to zero. So this morning I decided to take a different tact by staying low, below 4,000 feet. I skied halfway up and then hiked up to and then east along Garfield Ridge to Galehead Hut. I only stayed a second. It was very cold and “maxed in” (meaning the clouds were down) with a strong wind from the northwest that was debilitating if you stopped and stood around in it.

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