Lyndon, Backcountry Ambassador
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve loathed long car rides; the sitting still… the boredom… the inevitable car sickness that comes if I try to do anything but keep my eyes on the horizon. At times, the drawbacks of a long car ride have been enough to keep me close to home. Since I’ve fallen in love with the Sierra and snowshoeing though, long car rides have become a minor inconvenience.
This past weekend, I planned a trip to Mammoth Lakes, CA to snowshoe. I knew that heading north over the holiday weekend would likely result in spending 12+ hours in the car, but I was beyond excited. It had been 9 months since my last snowshoeing trip and this would be my first opportunity to use my FLEX VRT SNOWSHOES.
Due to the cold temperatures over the weekend (Saturday morning had a predicted windchill of -20° F), we didn’t spend as much time on the trail as I had initially planned, but the time we did spend out there was amazing. Saturday, we started our day at Mammoth Mountain Inn, hiked to Minaret Summit, then snowshoed to Peak 10242’ Provisional. The FLEX VRTs performed flawlessly. The crampons provided secure footing over a variety of snow types and the BOA Closure System is amazing. I did not have to re-tighten or adjust my snowshoes after initially putting them on.
I could go on and on writing about how beautiful the snow was or how much fun it was to get out there again, but I’ll spare you the details and share some of my favorite pictures instead. Sitting here, back in warm SoCal, I can’t wait for my next opportunity to hop in the car, drive a few hours north and put a few more miles on my snowshoes!
Less than a mile from Minaret Summit, we found fresh, untouched snow.
Taking in the view near the top of Peak 10242 Prov, looking towards the Minarets.
An amazing view of The Minarets (left), as well as Ritter and Banner Peak (center).