Friday, April 2, 2010

A Day on the Mountain

Remember when I mentioned a while ago that Matt was hoping to snowboard down this really nasty looking mountain? I've learned that this is called the San Joaquin Couloir and the mountain is the San Joaquin Peak which at the top is 13,460 feet.

The guys got snowed out the first time they tried to go, but did manage to go this week. To snowboard this mountain, you can take the lift only so far. Then you get off and spend the next two hours hiking up the mountain to get to the top. Matt said some of the hike up was actually scarier than the snowboarding down. Something about some crazy cliff they had to walk along.

This is Chase, Matt's friend on the hike up the mountain. I thought it was interesting too that a teacher at Matt's school was the first person to ski down the San Joaquin Couloir, back in the late 80's.

Don't ask me how or why people would want to do something like that, because first of all, I am not a skier and second, I am not very adventurous. Here is Chase again....a little closer.

I am assuming that this photo was taken from the top, looking down. I am not a big fan of heights, but you have to be in awe of the mountains when you see them up close and personal.


See the little itsy bitsy speck a little bit below that great big rock? Yep, that is one of them!

Now see the little itsy bitsy spot almost at the bottom of the great big mountain?

I think their tracks look really neat.

Matt on the left and his good friend Chase enjoying a day on the mountain.

10 comments:

Lanyardlady said...

Oh to be young and adventurous! It's fantastic that they are living life to the fullest and communing with nature. I'm envious.

Kittie Howard said...

There isn't enough gold in Fort Knox to get me on skiis or snowboards or anything and down that mountain. Ahhhhhhh! And, Happy Easter to you and yours!!

Oklahoma Granny said...

Even when I was young I wouldn't have been that adventurous - I'm just to scared of heights. So glad the boys had a great day. Gorgeous photos!

DUTA said...

I do admire people that can do things I cannot, like snowboarding a mountain.
The pictures are awsome!

Teresa Evangeline said...

What an adventure for them! I've never been that kind of adventurer, but have always admired those who are. Great photos!

Angela said...

Scary!! I bet it is really a rush though!

Ms Sparrow said...

Congratulations on getting your boy back in one piece. My son does some scary stuff like kayaking the Mississippi in the spring, but he doesn't do mountains (so far).
Have a nice Easter.

Baroness Bijoutery said...

Great pictures and alittle scary...In my youth I would have loved to ski that..but those days a far behind me.. I've learned that the ground gets farther and farther away from my butt the older I get and alot harder...I do envy the boys though and smile at what they did...

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Wow, he's a brave soul! I can't ski downhill to save my life, so anyone who can has my respect!

Joanna Jenkins said...

WOW, what an experience that must have been. They'd have lost me at the two hour hike up! Ha.
xo

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