After the huge day we had in the alpine it was a welcomed change to be back to pillow land and short laps. With the visibility peeking in and out of the clouds we stayed close to the hut and knocked off some of the zones we had spotted a few days earlier. One zone had really piqued our interest, we called it the Mushroom.
The mushroom is front and center in the picture. It consists a big pad to a smaller, hanging pillow with a few options for hitting it. The first time I hit it I took it from the large pad, hitting the pillow and then down into the gut (you can see the track). This was my first time ever hitting pillows and let me just say it is a learning experience. Instead of the pillow collapsing and being soft like all the other pillows I hit that day, it was hard and bucked me like I hit a patch of ice. Apparently when they sit there all season they get super stiff and don’t give much at all. That promptly threw my feet from underneath me and I landed straight to my butt. Major fail. I also hit it lookers right, again, another catastrophic fail- video coming shortly.
The next day we ventured into the alpine again, and while the weather was better than the day before, the forecast still called for clouds rolling in. Just as we peaked at the pass the clouds rolled in. When the clouds roll in on a glacier there isn’t much you can do other than feel your way down- and slowly. We made a huge traverse to try and find some trees that would offer us a bit of definition. We managed to find them along with a few cliffs/pillows.
You can see some of our tracks on the lookers left of the photo. We had some fun for sure and there were some really fun turns in those little trees!
On our last lap of the day we met up with the party train, or at least the party train Conductor, John Pew. John always is the life of the party, partied harder than any one else and never missed a day of shredding. John just happened to have a 12pack of Kokanee’s in his pack and was gracious enough to share a few libations for the skin track home.
We were feeling pretty good when we finally pulled in the hut!
Here is a parting shot of the Conductor chowing down on some food in the lodge post party train.
Stay tuned for our last installment of the Sorcerer Lodge as we recount an unforgettable day on the glacier and one of the most epic days of Shaun and mine’s season.