Kessler Peak

Today, I climbed Kessler Peak (10,403 ft) to ski the run Argenta with two of my friends, Dan and Gian Luca.  It was a beautiful day and we found some decent snow in the shade on Argenta.

Dan and Gian Luca on the summit of Kessler, with Mineral Fork in the background

Dan and Gian Luca on the summit of Kessler, with Mineral Fork in the background

Another summit photo with Dan and Gian Luca, this time with Big Cottonwood Canyon in the background

Another summit photo with Dan and Gian Luca, this time with Big Cottonwood Canyon in the background

Dan and myself checking out the options

Dan and myself checking out the options

Dan and I getting ready ski

Dan and I getting ready ski

The ridge we skied off the summit

The ridge we skied off the summit

 

Baby Hike in Millcreek

On odd numbered days, you can have you dogs off leash in Millcreek Canyon.  Since it was the 7th, we loaded up the family and went for a hike on the Big Water trail system (the same trail where I sprained my ankle…but no injury, this time).

Enjoying a late summer day

Enjoying a late summer day

Harper is cooling off in the creek

Harper is cooling off in the creek

Taking a quick break

Taking a quick break

Harper in action, with us in tow

Harper in action, with us in tow

Kate and Harper in action

Kate and Harper in action

Baby Hike up Snowbird

Today was a little overcast, with a few sprinkles of rain; but it didn’t deter us from hiking up Snowbird.  We hiked up the Peruvian side (about three and half miles with 2800 feet of climbing) and then rode the Tram down.

Ready for the big hike

Ready for the big hike

Mount Superior in the background

Mount Superior in the background

Tracy with Mount Superior in the background.  Tracy conquered and skied Mount Superior on January 2, 2011.  Today, its just her souvenir in the background

Tracy with Mount Superior in the background. Tracy conquered and skied Mount Superior on January 2, 2011. Today, its just her souvenir in the background

Another of Tracy in front of Mount Superior.  This time the Tram made it in the picture, too

Another of Tracy in front of Mount Superior. This time the Tram made it in the picture, too

We made it!  Dark skies overhead as we load up to ride the Blue Tram down from Hidden Peak (11,000 ft)

We made it! Dark skies overhead as we load up to ride the Blue Tram down from Hidden Peak (11,000 ft)

Twin Peak in the background, as the Tram departs

Twin Peak is in the background, as the Tram departs

First time on the Snowbird Tram (of many to come)

First time on the Snowbird Tram (of many to come)

Pointing out were she wants to ski, Snowbird's Cirque

Pointing out were she wants to ski, Snowbird’s Cirque

Post hike nap.  Safe and sound back in the car, heading home

Post hike nap. Safe and sound back in the car, heading home

Baby Hike to Cardiff Peak, Little Cottonwood Canyon

We took the baby on her first high altitude hike, to just over 10,000 feet of elevation.  We started at the town of Alta and hiked up Cardiff.

Cardiff is up to the right, in this picture

Cardiff is up to the right, in this picture.  Mount Superior is the rocky one on the left, and farther away

We're enjoying a nice sunny day

We’re enjoying a nice sunny day

The town of Alta (and famous ski resort) is in the valley below, to the left

The town of Alta (and famous ski resort) is in the valley below, to the left

Having a good time on top of the world

Having a good time on top of the world

Along for the ride

Along for the ride

Baby Hike in Millcreek

We went out for a family hike, today, in Millcreek Canyon.  Everyone had a lot of fun.

Mount Raymond in the background as we hike in Millcreek Canyon

Mount Raymond in the background as we hike in Millcreek Canyon

Millcreek is a great place to hike because it has lush vegetation and dense forest, which helps keep the temperature cooler on these hot summer days.  This trail is only 20 minutes from our house

Millcreek is a great place to hike because it has lush vegetation and dense forest, which helps keep the temperature cooler on these hot summer days. This trail is only 20 minutes from our house

Super Coat – the new Patagonia Encapsil Down Belay Parka

Patagonia came out with a new parka that has 1000 fill down.  Down is the fine geese feathers and it has “fill power” to rate how much loft (fluffiness) it has.  The higher the number, the more fluff it has.  The more fluff it has, the warmer it is.  Most down comforters you’d have in your home may be 400 or 500 fill down.  While mountaineering jackets and sleeping bags may have 600 to 800 fill down, because they need to be lighter and warmer than your home comforter.  Well, Patagonia released the first ever 1000 fill down.  Super light and super warm!

Also, Patagonia came up with a solution for the only negative to down, waterproofing.  Down feathers lose all their insulation properties once they get wet.  So, Patagonia came up with a method called Encapsil which individually plasma treats each feather with silicon, and makes the feathers water repellent.

I can hardly wait for it to be cold and wet!

My new super coat, the Patagonia Encapsil Down Belay Parka

My new super coat, the Patagonia Encapsil Down Belay Parka

Patagonia did a limited edition run of these coats, and only made 1000 of them.  Each one was numbered and I got 203

Patagonia did a limited edition run of these coats, and only made 1000 of them. Each one was numbered and I got 203

This coat is super light, only 18 ounces for a size medium

This coat is super light, only 18 ounces (1 pound 2 ounces) for a size medium

Our First Snow! Gobblers Knob Summit

Kate and I got our first snow outing, of the season.  We climbed Gobblers Knob from Millcreek Canyon, by starting at the Alexander Basin trailhead (about 7,100 feet elevation).  Around 8,500 feet, we hit the snow line.  Then, at 9,500 feet, the mountain was completely covered.  Finally, Kate and I were able to play in the snow as we trudged up to the summit at 10,246 feet.

Let’s go! Kate at the trail head

A panorama at 8,500 feet. Its almost winter!

Goofy for snow

It got really slick, so I had to put on my micro-spikes

Micro-spikes are like putting chains on your car tires

On the summit of Gobblers Knob (10,246 ft).  I’m squinting because it was lightly sleeting

Back at the trailhead, and Kate wants to go for a second lap. But, I was too tired, so we went home