WINTER BLOG

Winter mountaineering refresher course with California Alpine Guides up to Matterhorn Peak 2016.

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Base camp. It is cold and wet, with the ascent to Matterhorn Peak doubtful.

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Snow anchor instruction.

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Jason goes over the technical aspects of avalanche transceivers.

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How to locate and probe for the hypothetical avalanche victim.

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Team shoveling technique for hypothetical avalanche victim. At the speed we shoveled, she probably died, hypothetically.

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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.

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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. 

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The next day is sunny and glorious, everyone is happy.

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