|The parking lot at 5:30. Elevation 6000'.|
|Midway up the Magic Mile, ice and sleet freezing to our shells|
|The faint outline of the Silcox Hut appears in the clouds. Elevation 7200' and winds reaching 35MPH.|
By following the canyon towards the Silcox Hut, we made slow progress in whiteout conditions with visibility ranging from a quarter mile to a few feet. In the summer this gulch is twenty five feet deep, but the Timberline snowcats had filled it almost completely in making navigation difficult. 1:15 to the Silcox.
Moving left and following the lift towers up the Palmer we made swift progress in increasingly variable winds. An atypical storm system rotating counter clockwise around northern California meant NE winds, so the further up the mountain the more we entered the eddy behind it.
|The mid station on the Palmer lift. 7900'.|
|A typical view while skiing above the palmer.|
|Approaching Crater rock and at the beginning of the unstable slabs. Final elevation 10,200'.|
|Back in the sun at the top of the Magic Mile. Quite a change from earlier in the day. The top of the mountain was still cloud capped from 9000' onwards.|
|The gear and the rig.|
One last note on equipment. I received this pack (BD Speed 55) as a replacement for my BD Quantum 65. On first impression I am very impressed with the new ergo active suspension system, quality of build and functionality. The most comfortable pack I have ever worn and simple in design. Very well thought out.