The Crescent Saddle Cabin Ski Trip

31 01 2012

Our thermometer bottomed out at -25F on the ski in, so lets just say it was colder than that. At 12:30 AM, after 4 hours of skiing by stars-it was so cold  our headlamps we nearly useless because our breath clouded the air in front of us-we finally arrived at the Crescent Saddle Cabin. It took us a bit longer than we anticipated since we had to break trail across Carter and Crescent Lakes, unable to find a snowmachine track to follow across the lakes, and we brought heavy loads with a ton of gear for lofty plans that should’ve got axed at the trailhead 🙂 We stayed up till 4:30 AM trying to warm up the cabin, before we crawled into our sleeping bags wearing every layer we had with us. The cabin was 7F degrees next to the wood stove and the walls still frosty.

Everyone’s favorite. Hoarfrost on the toilet.

Feeding the fire all night we managed to get it up to a balmy 27F degrees by the time we dragged ourselves out of bed. Walls still frosty. Dan, Heidi, and I headed out for a tour up the saddle between Crescent and Kenai lakes, continuing on up the mountain on the left, while Lee and Jon stayed behind to cut more (much needed) firewood and keep the fire going. Daytime temps warmed up to  -5F, almost a heat wave!

Dan skinning up.

It was a bluebird day with fresh powder. We had a blast making the only tracks on the mountain!

Heidi skiing.Dan skiing.Heidi making turns.Dan cruising through the trees.

The skiing was amazing! When we arrived back at the cabin Lee and Jon had managed to get the cabin up to a reasonable temperature so our beer could unfreeze 🙂 Actually, by early evening as the temperatures dropped again outside, the cabin was warm enough to layer down to just our long underwear and the walls defrosted. Success! 

Lee and Parker headed across Crescent Lake on the way home.

 

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