I took a little break from all the fall projects to travel, snowboard, and paint this winter. I’ve had a few setbacks, but overall it’s been some good recharge time.
In mid January, I took my Avy level II course out at Tam MacArthur Rim with Three Sisters Backcountry. Jonas and Gabe took good care of us and I learned a ton, but I somehow managed to dislocate my shoulder halfway through the course.
That sucked. And only a week before I headed up to Baker for the Legendary Banked Slalom. I treated the joint as well as I could leading up to the trip, and with a borrowed shoulder brace, headed up north to camp with the boys in the parking lot and try not to re-injure myself. I’ve made this trip for the last six years, and one of the coolest things about it is that I get to see the snowboard graphics I designed over the summer for the first time. I met up with the Gnu/Lib Tech guys at Mission Ridge, WA, and they had all three available to ride.
The rest of the trip went well. Rolled up to the Mt. Baker parking lot late Wednesday night, snapped a quick time lapse of the calm before the storm, and settled in to four days of good times at the Baker Banked.
The course was rough, icy, and scary, but so fun as always. I managed to keep my feet and came home with a 1st place finish in my division and a roll of gold duct tape.
Ride journal from the trip: