I wanted to update you on my trip to Jackson and thanks Spyder for the
clothes they gave me shortly before heading up there.
There are a few pictures attached, so I'll let you look at those, but I
thought I'd tell you that it was a very successful and educational trip.
The scholarship I won in April was for this course in June, allowing me,
along with nine other kids, to head out into the Tetons with experinced ski
mountaineers that would serve as our guides. This scholarship program is
called the Hans Saari Memorial Fund, educating kids about how to travely
safely through the mountains.
The first couple of days were spent up on Jackson Hole Resort, learning the
basics for using ice axes, crampons and harnesses, and doing some skiing as
well. It was a fun two days, doings things like reppeling into chutes and
skiing couliors while roped in. With great snow conditions and good
weather, the first two days were great fun, and good preperation for the
The next day we headed up Garnet Canyon for a three-day, two night camping
trip. It was a four hour hike up to our camp site, and by the time we got
up there it was snowing really hard. With 10 inches of new snow and no
signs of it letting up, it made for some great skiing later that day.
The next day brought another foot of snow and the skiing was unreal.
Despite a small avalanche that occurred while hiking a chest deep,
wind-blown coulior, leaving us cold and wet, it was the best day of skiing
I'd ever had mid-June.
The last day was bright and sunny, and we made our way near the top of the
Middle teton before having a four-thousand vertical foot run to camp. We
then packed up camp and headed down, concluding a great week.
Thanks again for the clothes, they worked perfectly! I'm super, super stoked
Talk to you soon,