Midi laps

Fun day skiing Midi laps in fresh pow with Joel.

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Had a bit of a mix-up at the end after getting greedy and reckless looking for fresh turns in one of the entry gullies into the Requin exit couloir. After putting in a turn a couple of metres below where everyone else had cut left into the main couloir my skis suddenly washed out from underneath me. Before I knew it I was sliding over a rock slab heading quickly towards a series of cliff bands. Fortunately I came to a stop a few metres above the cliffs with my skis still on. Thinking I was now reasonably safe, I started side-stepping around the slab to get back up when all of a sudden my skis hit sheet ice and I started to slide for a second time. Less than a metre above the cliff, my skis came to a stop for a second time. Being very careful not to move my skis for fear of sliding again, I got an ice screw in. I then started trying to work out how I was going to get myself out of this situation. I soon realised I was a bit screwed with dense but thin sheet ice to my left, a cliff below me, and a rock slab above and to my right. With the equipment I had, climbing out wasn’t really an option and I wasn’t sure how much I trusted the ice for a rappel out. Fortunately Joel soon came to the rescue, setting up a belay and hauling me out.

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Scary stuff… my skis didn’t get much grip on this stuff.

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Joel was pretty psyched to hike back up the couloir to haul me out.

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Joel looking suitably proud of his bomber 3:1 setup. Makes me wonder how many of my other ski partners would be as quick and confident at setting up such a system… Thanks Joel. You definitely earned those beers!

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