Buckeye Peak 12,867′ Question Mark Gully 1/21/2017 – A Strange New World #womensmarchforpowder

After spending day after day delivering books and skiing short laps around town in some of the best snow Colorado has seen in years we felt like we had earned a trip further afield for some hot water, birthday celebrations for Ally and a line I’ve been wanting to ski for a long time.

We got to the trailhead and looked over the options. Question Mark looked good but this was a new zone so we decided to head up the ridge towards Buckeye Peak and see what we saw. This safe approach would give us options if the snowpack was different here than what we’d been seeing in Summit. Near treeline we caught up with our friends Andrea and Leigh, we chatted a bit and then decided to join forces. It was an honor to join them on their march on this the day of marches. It must be a scary time to be a woman in America. Like George Carlin said “Women are crazy, men are stupid, women are crazy because men are stupid.” Perhaps it’s time we hand the reigns over to the better, smarter, more than half of humanity. Perhaps the world would be a better place. Perhaps the next four years will teach us this lesson the hard way. As far as men that want to take away women’s rights in the name of their dogma, I say back the fuck off, you don’t have the parts to make that call. I’d love to see the male reaction to the stripping of rights, say when your Viagra gets taken away and you have to live with your impotence. And history was much worse for those subjected to forced sterilizations in the name of justice or fear; hoping history doesn’t start repeating itself. Get real people, everyone deserves respect and the freedom to live their lives in a way that makes them happy. These people are our mothers and grandmothers and wives and girlfriends and friends and co-workers and daughters and exes and sisters; show some respect! Most of the women I know are more than your equal. If this post offends you then you should probably unfollow me and unfriend me and get the hell out of my life. And progression switches to regression.

Now back to winter.  High on the ridge we came to the summit mesa of the peak and had a great discussion about our options. We decided that one at a time across the bench was the best option. We ran into some kids that were sledding down the west side of the peak, not sure about that choice but hey to each their own, just don’t end up in the papers. After tagging the summit of Buckeye we headed down the ridge towards Question Mark. The snow was fun on the way though a little inconsistent. We approached the top of the gully with caution. We had seen zero signs of instability on the way up. The cornice had broken off recently and there had been no reaction. We planned an entrance that involved cutting toward the dense trees to the skier’s right. Everything went as planned and the smiles and whoops of joy were as deep as the powder. It was better than any of the heli ski lines I’ve done.

A strong day in the presence of strong women made me feel strong, happy and grateful to be alive. But this day was for them. Everyday should be for them, humanity would cease to exist without its better half.

Special thanks to Shannon Brackett for contributing the song. You make beautiful music. Enjoy the video and be thankful of all the women in the world.

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