Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Jay's Palmyra Peak Adventure

Jay has been working toward hiking and skiing Palmyra Peak ever since he started skiing harder runs. Palmyra Peak is 13,251 feet above sea level and has several extreme terrain ski runs that are in bounds of our ski area. The hike takes around 1-1/2 to 2 hours. This first photo is one I took quite awhile ago just to show you the view of Palmyra from the top of lift 12. Jay and our friend Andy tackled the mountain on Tuesday this week. The rest of these photos were taken by Jay. This is where the hike begins.
Looks steep, doesn't it? Keep in mind that the hikers are wearing ski boots or snowboarding boots and usually wear a pack with the skis/snowboards strapped on their backs. Jay's new ski boots were much better for this hike than his old boots.
Just right of the center you can see some people standing at the top. You can click on the photo to see the larger version.
Looking back at what they just hiked up.
Jay knew I would want him to take this photo! Of course I'd want to see the view of Lizard Head Peak, Mt. Wilson, El Diente and Wilson Peak.
The big view facing west.
Rocky Palmyra Peak. See, John Denver wasn't lying.
Almost there.
This is a cool picture of Andy. I think it would make a great advertisement for Gnu snowboards.
I feel kind of bad telling this story on my blog, especially since I wasn't there. Skier in blue was on the mountain with a guide. Andy said he literally rag-dolled his way down after he dropped in to ski. Jay didn't want to watch that, so I don't have a photo of it. Apparently the guy was okay.
Last time skier in blue was standing for awhile.
Andy and skier in orange observing the rag-dolling skier in blue.
Here you can see the rescue toboggan that ski patrol keeps there just in case.
The Palmyra Basin is supposed to be amazing. It has more skiable acres than some ski resorts have.
Jay's legs felt pretty tired and noodly by the time he got into the basin, but he was glad he did it!
This is just a short video, but it shows where Jay and Andy dropped in to start skiing from the top.