Mt. Adams

FasterSkierJuly 23, 2009

divOne of the adventures of the Trout Lake camp is climbing the Mt. Adams on the last day. When all the athletes are nice and tired from nearly 4 hours a day of rollerskiing, a time trial, strength testing, and bounding, we test our limits and hike up 6000 vertical feet. One of the funniest things about our climb is that our gear includes running shoes and ski poles, with a small daypack full of sandwiches. We try to be nice and make friendly conversation with the big parties of people we pass all decked out in cramp ons, ice axes, ropes and forty pound bags. The reactions of the groups we pass are hilarious. Some parties think we are superhuman, while others get angry and tell us we are doing something illegal. I had several groups convinced we summit the mountain three times a day for training. divbr //divdivThe hike up was hard after the long week, but we all managed. The hardest part was making it over the false summit and realizing there was another mountain to climb! But the ride down was a sledding experience out of this world. The majority of the way down the mountain there is snow slide chutes that curve and bump down the snow field. The best way to describe this is a really cold roller coaster ride that you have no control over. The group of skiers all headed down the mountain snow flying everywhere with uncontrollable laughter. I am sure the groups we were passing on the way down were convinced we were all from the zoo. By the time we reached the bottom our butts were so frozen most of us had to turn and look to make sure they were still there. We quickly warmed up with the 4 mile run out, clocking in just over 7 hours. Not a bad day of training!/divdivbr //diva onblur=”try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}” href=””img src=”” alt=”” id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5361734335753771522″ style=”margin: 0px auto 10px; display: block; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 180px;” border=”0″ //adiv style=”text-align: center;”Jspan class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-size:large;”aime Bronga, Sadie Bjornsen, and Casey Kutz freezing on the top of the mountain/spanbr //divdivbr //diva onblur=”try {parent.deselectBloggerImageGracefully();} catch(e) {}” href=””img src=”” alt=”” id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5361739131018178370″ style=”margin: 0px auto 10px; display: block; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 320px; height: 240px;” border=”0″ //adiv style=”text-align: center;”span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-size:large;”The team on the top./spanbr //div/divdiv class=”blogger-post-footer”img width=’1′ height=’1′ src=’’ alt=” //div