Thursday, April 21, 2016

Spring Transition- April 2016

This is the time of year where I am wrapping up snowboarding and splitboarding. This is also the time of year for hiking the foothills of the Wasatch. Pleasant temps and not too many snakes. Spring has a way of being a double edge sword here as well. Just as you think summer is here, in comes winter with one more blast. So you have to kind of straddle the line because you never know what nature is gonna bring you here in Utah.

I got my first hike in for the year earlier this month up Bells Canyon. It was a very nice day, low crowds, and nice to be back walking in the symphony of silence. I made a loop up above the lake to the bridge that takes you to the falls, then looped off trail back down to the lake to try my hand at some fly fishing. I need some gear maintenance, but over all it was nice to be casting a line once more. The lake is full and the fish are active.

Thursday the 14th, we had a really soggy storm. This system came in wet, and then turned cold and dumped some really good snow. The lifts got put on a lighting hold, then reopened after it had put down 4-5" of really fun snow. Everyone left, minus a few of us die hards, and we had the mountain untracked from 2 PM till last chair. April 15th was my last day on the lift chairs for the season at Solitude.

Yesterday I got another great loop hike in Bells Canyon and took a different variant. Things are greening up with these warm temps we have been having. Looks like a couple of more days of warm weather, then we move into a wet cycle to finish the month out. Maybe one or two more days touring on the splitboard, and this winter party comes to a close. Spring is here in the Wasatch. It can be a mixed bag, so you have to be prepared for anything at a moments notice. Its been a great year on the snowboard. Touring was amazing as well. But as one season closes, another one begins. We are just about a month out from being able to get out backpacking. So for now, I just get the legs ready for the long walkabout which is just around the corner. Enjoy the photos from this month. More adventures to come!

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