Despite a long hiatus from writing anything for the blog, I have been really busy with a ton of different projects since coming home from Patagonia. The main has been the remodel of the Four Wheel Camper which I bought the week before leaving, and which I gutted and rebuilt from scratch. More on that in a separate post.
Also, it has been pretty much summer time here in the Sierra, so I have been cragging a lot in the Owens River Gorge, bouldering in the Buttermilks, and skiing spring like conditions on Mammoth Mountain. There has been a few work trips, Intro to Winter Mountaineering and Whitney climbs, but I think a lot of folks have thrown in the towel for winter, though despite the strange winter we have had, there is still a TON to do.
So with a week off at the end of March, and the electrical system finally wired in the camper, we were ready to take it for a test trip. After skiing the first day of the set of storms that were impacting the Sierra, and getting amazing wintery deep powder skiing, we loaded up the rig (yet to be named), and headed south to J Tree.
Five days of climbing classic cracks, drinking cold beers, exploring for wildlife and wildflowers and hanging out with friends was just what the doctor ordered. Equal parts adventure and relaxation. Except for the sandstorms. Those were an uncalled for side effect of the big front that was dumping snow in the mountains.
But we prevailed, the camper performed beautifully, and has changed the perimeters of road tripping as we knew it. I am really excited to take this thing on the long upcoming trip up to the Northwest and then over to the Tetons for my Alpine Guide Course.
The week was over before I knew it, and now am back in Mammoth planning on skiing everyday this week. Come for a ski or climb- conditions are ripe for double or triple sport days!