I just got my hands on photos from the reading week ski trips.
Departed Banff rather late in the morning after Neil and I patiently obeyed the timeline of all the females [see first picture] and eventually headed out to RedEarth creek. It’s a rather uphill route which meant that we made our way slowly up to the top (we turned around at the ranger station) and then absolutely flew on the way down. I managed to make it down the hill without much snowplowing at all but the kamikazee attitude to descending that trail wasn’t quite universal. I took my 85 liter pack along and filled it right up and it turned out to be heavier than the overnight the next day; that extra weight combined with the fact that I was the only person not on waxless skis meant that I didn’t have a lot of competition in the downhill race!
Neil Vicki and I escaped Calgary and made our way out to Spray Lakes and then exited civilization overnight to spend the evening of the lunar eclipse out under the stars. The weather certainly held out as we had blue skies both days. Excess would be the way to describe the 24 hours that ensued as we proceeded to gorge ourselves on ridiculous amounts of food and return having only been able to eat half. There aren’t really any stories in particular that are worthy of sharing but one bit that sticks out in my mind is being perched waiting on the side of the trail having come flying down one stretch completely out of control. I ended up getting about 10 minutes ahead somehow because when I eventually started to be able to hear Neil coming I then got to listen to him sing Simon and Garfunkle tunes for the next 5 minutes as he approached through the forest.
This is really only a small selection of the photos, follow this link to see all the photos I have from these 3 days.