I feared my season had ended back in January when I hurt my knee. Thankfully the brace allowed me to get out for several excellent days doing what I enjoy most - with some great partners to boot! Alas all good things do come to and end, and today was the season ender for sure:
Based on RR's tremendous recovery from the TKR, and several others I've spoken with, I can reasonably expect to be back at it when snow returns in the fall.
I scheduled the operation back when mid-winter snowpack was abysmal, assuming May would be about done on George. Made sense then, but I wish I had another couple weeks for that smooth corn still be found up high.
I tried to sneak in one last trip on Friday, looking forward to rain smoothed corn. I found it in abundance, but it was not meant to be: I arrived early at PNVC with everything for a quiet wet tour but no ski boots
I scrambled to find some rentals. EMS had the goods, but did not want rent since "conditions weren't good and it's hard on the gear". IME gladly tried to help, but they didn't have any AT boots available. So I rented some mountaineering boots to replace my sandals and went for along, wet hike: Up through Left, over summit, down the Easties and back around Boot Spur for the return to PNVC. Always nice to be on MW, I sure would have enjoyed a few last turns!
Somewhere in Left:
I could have made a decent glissade run down the Easties, but I started too far south and ended up in one of the shorter patches. Had I seen Sno_rider's pics ahead to time I could have made a better run. Oh well...
As a side note, self arresting with the Whippet on prime corn with a firm base on a moderate slope was not nearly as quick as I would have likedů scary to think of those long falls of firmer steeper slopes!
Anyway, I hope many other turns are enjoyed up there before it's all gone!