We were both looking for somewhat of an easier shakedown tour. We were both on new setups for the first time and also both looking at our first days skinning for the year. Always nice to ease into it and we were looking at forecasts for some brutally cold temps and wind on the day.
We decided on getting the Doublehead ski trail, an old CCC trail we had both done together back in 2009 (has it really been that long?!). We were both pretty green in the backcountry game back then. It is really fun to look back on that post to see what I packed and how silly of an endeavor that was compared to how easy and straight forward our second attempt was.
view of Washington from N. Doublehead
The snow was good albeit a bit tracked out. We got there pretty early but Doublehead is a popular spot being right in Jackson and being a somewhat easier run it caters to a wide range of folks. We were probably 3rd or 4th up. Skin up was nice. Certainly way better than hauling all your gear with snowshoes. New skins were great, lots of grab although I think my G3's had way better glide but that might have been partially due to the days snow conditions. I'm not a huge fan of the tail clip. I was worried about them after trimming the skins and I definitely had a fun time trying to get them off with cold hands on the transition at the top. Not horrible but way trickier than my old G3's and on a day like yesterday a few extra mins struggling with a tail clip can mean you get pretty damn cold.
double fall line!
you'd think it was nice and warm. you'd be wrong.
I actually got the layering just about right and was able to regulate my temp by keeping my pace reasonable and shedding mittens and unzipping halfway up. Other than the tail clips I was able to actually transition pretty quickly. Somewhat surprising since I am usually pretty rusty first time around and bumble with my skins. I guess crazy cold temps and wind can get you focused a bit on being quick and efficient.
Ski down was great. Its a fun trail, uses the terrain well and is decently steep in spots. Keeps things interesting and is just long enough to feel worth it and get a nice burn going. Couldn't have asked for a better shakedown. Just enough to test gear and fitness but not leave me shredded. More snow in the forecast tonight into tomorrow. Looking good for more days like this one in the near future.