With the recent destruction of Mansfield’s Stone Hut, I decided to dig through my photos and see if I couldn’t put together a decent memorial.
Before anything else, I have to give a big thanks to Matt B and hutmaster Scott D. Without those guys I never would have had a chance to enjoy those awesome nights on top of Vermont.
I’m not going to do much writing. I just want to get these photos out there to share the memories.
There was food,
Some peaceful moments.
There was intergenerational fun,
and lots of shenanigans!
Spending the night up there also provided the opportunity to take in some cool sights
especially if you put in a bit of effort.
Oh, and it also provided damn good access for skiing!
Both at night
and first thing in the morning
RIP Stone Hut.
Busy times. Still, I need at least 1 day/week to step away from the computer and go be in nature.
There hasn’t been much in the way of new snow, but at least the snowpack is stable (1 out of 5 avy danger in all of CH). So, we decided to take advantage of the condtions to get up something steep.
It was a really fun day of enjoyable suffering, huffing our way up this high alpine cooler: http://www.camptocamp.org/routes/45929/fr/pointe-d-orny-couloir-du-glacier-d-arpette 1
Thanks to Sam, Lucas, and Victor for hanging tough and making the climb with me… “just 10 more minutes to the top”, I swear2!!
I’ll let the photos do most of the talking.
From a distance, the line is just visible left of center:
Now, getting a bit closer:
A couple hours later, we finally top out:
And, for the descent?
It’s got a decent pitch:
Fairly variable conditions over all, but there were some pretty nice spots. Just nice to be able to get out on a line like this and enjoy a beautiful day in les hautes montagnes.
And, finally a little bit of artistic license to portray the ride out of the valley: