Nicole and I on the hike into Shrine Mountain Hut
What a cutie!
The entrance to the huts. Arfie was quite pissed about the “No Dogs” sign.
One of the other huts... it didn't seem fair that they got a char lift.
Nicole in front of Chucks, our lodging for the night.
Nicole climbing a steep section to the ridge of Shrine Mountain
Toping out the steep section. She wasn't too excited about my little photo shoot.
Looking south over the Shrine Mountain Ridge
Shrine Mountain Ridge behind me.
Nicole in front of my favorite hut amenity... a big stove!
Enjoying coffee and cream in my sleeping gear.
Nicole is sooo posh! Wouldn't you be too after having coffee in a backcountry hut?
Beautiful weather the second morning.
Cool clouds above the hut.
Looking out over Vail Pass. Pertty.
Untracked snow! Ruuunnnn!
I always take the shortest route.
Avalanche beacon practice. “10 meters, 8 meters, 6 meters, 42 meters... crap!”
Nicole combing our imaginary avalanche debris.
“Is that a person?!? Nope, it's a tree.”
Ryan allowed Nicole to borrow his avalanche gear. After struggling to deploy his probe, she's quite motivated to get her own equipment.
Jumping a 5ft cliff. Man I wish I had my fat skis or snowboard... my “downhill xc skis” just don't do a cliff justice.