Winter mountaineering refresher course with California Alpine Guides up to Matterhorn Peak 2016.
Base camp. It is cold and wet, with the ascent to Matterhorn Peak doubtful.
Snow anchor instruction.
Jason goes over the technical aspects of avalanche transceivers.
How to locate and probe for the hypothetical avalanche victim.
Team shoveling technique for hypothetical avalanche victim. At the speed we shoveled, she probably died, hypothetically.
The temperature floats around 36, with wind and alternating snow and rain. Some people are cold, wet and miserable. The weather forecast is for a lot more snow that night, and then either a beautiful following day, or tons of more snow. A vote is taken: 3 in favor of bailing, 4 in favor of sticking it out. I passed around the Canadian Club.
We have to shake off the snow a few times during the night. The view out the front door in the morning of the single-wall Black Diamond tent, which performed well.
The next day is sunny and glorious, everyone is happy.