Had a pretty amazing long weekend ski touring in Callaghan Valley on an AST 1 course with Coast Mountain Guides. The Journeyman Lodge (below) served as our base for exploring the Callaghan Valley.
I made a couple of rookie mistakes on the first day. I wore too much clothing, carried a pack that was too heavy which lead me getting over-heated. Sweating and being over-heated is bad news in the backcountry. So I’d say I learned a lot in terms of what to expect next time. What I really need though is a light gortex shell – which I don’t have because I told myself I’m not going to buy one until I can do a chin up. So, I need to get back to the gym and get that chin up done so I can get that shell.
Notes on the Journeyman Lodge at Callaghan: If you enjoy snowshoeing, cross country or backcountry skiing, you need to get out to the Journeyman Lodge. It is an awesome cozy lodge in the middle of a winter wonderland.
Tuesday: rest day (tweaked my back at Trampoline)
Wednesday: 45 min run*
Thursday: rest day
Friday: 5 hour ski tour
Saturday: 1 hour ski tour
Sunday: Epic 7 hour ski tour
* No speed session this day as the track was covered in ice and snow
Things that went well this week:
- Finally went ski touring. It kicked my butt – that was the most challenging physical activity I have taken part in.
Lessons Learned for Next Time:
- Do a chin up so I can buy a gortex shell to be more comfortable in the snow.
- Pack light for ski touring.