Don’t Panic! There will be enough snow to ski Bald Mountain!
Just be sure to have a towel and a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster!
Life, the Universe and Everything
Bald Mountain A
Elevation Gain: 3,230’
Trailhead: French Gulch
Route: French Pass to NE gully
Partners: Natalie & Eli
Arriving at the trailhead Friday night, we settled down to let Deep Thought calculate the question to the Ultimate Answer of Life, the Universe and Everything. But the answer confused us, so another bigger computer had to be built to find out what the question was. And so we set off bright and early that morning to find the question with our new tag-a-long friend Eli!
Stream crossing - Photo Credit: Natalie
Slope up to ridge
Nearing the summit - Photo Credit: Natalie
At the summit, we hung out for a while, until it became apparent that the Vogons were going to destroy Earth, and so we got ready to ski down and away before the meaning of life was lost forever!
Prepping to ski
Eli Shredding - Photo Credit: Natalie
Me skiing - Photo Credit: Natalie
Eli boarding with a smile
Natalie skiing the lower section
Skiing the lower section - Photo Credit: Natalie
At the base, we were quite content to know we had found the meaning of life, the universe and everything, and hiked back out to our awaiting spaceships.
Base of snow
Elevation Gain: 1,587’
Trailhead: Boreas Pass
Route: Up, then butt ski down snow
Being done with Bald early in the day, and the clouds being non-threatening it was time to consult The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and find some guidance. It pointed to advice, which in turn pointed to guidance. Hmmm I think I'll just wander up from Boreas Pass, and butt ski down the snow. Simple.
Bald & Guyot
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Traver Peak, McNamee Peak, Clinton Peak
Elevation Gain: 3,249’
Trailhead: Montgomery Reservoir
Route: Ridge Loop with East Chutes descent
I had planned on driving the Wheeler Lake 4x4 road. Then I viewed the route on traildamage.com and realized that unless I had a Babel fish installed, I wasn’t going to be able to safely drive it without an experienced spotter. The Vogon's are notoriously bad-tempered! So instead of being tormented with Vogon poetry, we decided to walk the extra miles up the road. No one with an Infinite Improbability Drive to hitchhike from either! Where's Zaphod Beeblebrox when you need him? Darn.
Dawn light on road
Bethany, a great pace setter
Once in the upper drainage I spied the handy work of Slartibartfast, who loved making crinkly edges. Won an award, you know. I knew what line I was skiing!
Walked up Traver, traversed to McNamee and then we saw it, the Glory Hole (ie Deep Thought). I went to ask it the question to Life, the Universe and Everything. It said it needed to think about it.
Bartlett Peak - As pointless as Arthur Dent lying down in front of the bulldozer
The Glory Hole was too big for my wide angle...
Once on Clinton (Margrathea), the inappropriate jokes continued unabated by all courtesies to taste. Soon it became apparent that storm clouds (missiles) were aimed directly at us, so a speedy descent to lower elevation became warranted.
Storms' a brewing, time to drop
Once below, the clouds (ie missiles) abated for a short while, turning into a bowl of petunias and a surprised whale. At least there was some water to ski in!
Water skiing! Photo - Credit: Bethany
Then the planet became hostile again, and sent graupel and a lightning bolt to hurry us on our way back down the road. It was time to grab a bite to eat at the Restaurant at the End of the Universe!
Wheeler Lake and Northstar Mtn
If you are confused by the commentary within this TR, I suggest picking up a copy of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and grabbing a pint of Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster!
My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):
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