Deeper: Conditions were perfect
By Ryland Bell | June 1st, 2010
Conditions were perfect, roll in set up camp, 1 and a half feet overnight. Bluebird and cold. We poked around on a nice mellow face we named preschool the day before and it was time to step into the 1st grade lines of “The Spinal Institute”. 2 and a half hours of waist deep spine tunneling, and it was time for our first real AK lines of the year. I can’t describe the feeling of riding AK in a zone so close to where I have and will spend my entire life.
Killer snow and killer weather = epic. I passed 1st grade with flying colors, now it was time to scope middle school. A great meal and a good nights sleep, and we were ready to go for it the next day.
Bluebird again… Yes!!!
Dirksen boarding with poles, heading out to Middle School.
Middle school: I stood at the top, last one to drop, so nervous. I remember talking to the helmet cam telling it this was going to be the run of my life and I already knew it. 3 feet blower on 55 degree spines. Standing there alone, shaking waiting for my turn, I puked.
It was…. The line of my life… (up to that point).
We hit the glacier running, we had a west face that was too good to pass up, and with 5 hours to go and 7 miles to skin and snowshoe we had the rest of the afternoons work cut out for us. Exhausted and low on water we made it to the West face Jeremy would later name “Freefall Wall”
Twice in the same day I stood talking to my helmet cam, knowing this was going to be the run of my life, “Freefall Wall”… 70 degree hold on for dear life spines.
Shit Edmands Battery went dead.
Waiting for 30 seconds when you’re that nervous is like a 7 hour layover in Calcutta.
We left camp at 6am and I rolled back in at 9pm, with no more than a 5 minute break in between, exhausted, but ready to do it all over again.
I think it’s not often you ride two lines in a day that as you stand on top of each, you know it will be the run of your life.
Dirksen boarding with poles, heading out to Middle School
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