January 26th, 2010

Into the Sierra Nevada back-country

With word of heavy snow fall in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, my friends Mike, Guy and I packed up and left for an all night drive south of rainy Oregon in search for one thing…powder.  Arriving at 9am we strapped on our ski boots and slipped blissfully into the deep snow of the mountains surrounding Lake Tahoe.

Mountaintop

The sport known as back country skiing involves no season passes, lift lines or crowds.  It entails hiking or ‘skinning’ up mountains and skiing down the un-tracked terrain of your dreams.  With skis on your feet, water and avalanche gear on your back, and pristine snowfields in your view, back country skiing is more than a sport.  It becomes what many consider total freedom, adventure, and euphoria.

Mike4

Guy

Aaron

looking-down

After 3 days and hundreds of turns our powder exploration reached its end.  With a change to dry clothes and a farewell to our hosts, we piled in for another late drive back to a less serene urban reality; exhausted yet exhilarated.

returning

4 Responses to “Into the Sierra Nevada back-country”

  1. Sam says:

    Killer pictures man! Looks like you guys had ideal snow.

  2. Very awesome post. It really helped me alot! Thank you!

  3. I like one thing in your posts that is you always describe step by step and make everything very easy to understand. Keep blogging.

  4. Annita Weisgarber, How did you get that font for your blog? I’m having trouble changing the font on my blog :/

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