Tuesday was one of those days where I headed up into the Wasatch to do one thing, and ended up doing another on the fly. When I hit Pole Line Pass, dark clouds hovered to the West, threatening anything from lighting to hail. I headed East along the ridge instead.
This tactic avoided the worst of any inclement weather; only a bit of hail fell, followed by some light rain later. Nice way to keep cool while moving, really. In fact, I got cool enough to pull out (and put on) a light layer even while moving. Welcome back, cooler temps! Which reminds me – while I’ll skip bringing a spare layer into the mountains during July and August, it can be pretty silly to get deep into a day during the other ten months without some layering backup. Mountain weather is fickle, temps can drop, and the weather change in a hurry at any time.
Somehow I got lucky connecting Pole Line Pass to Wolverine Peak via the ridgetops. The weather held for the most part, hypothermia stayed away, and I had a fine few hours on the mountain ridges. It’s easy to lose track of how many peaks one passes on a jaunt like this – the ‘peaks’ are pretty small. Mostly, one simply maintains a sensation of being on a ridge for the entire outing.
Not only does that provide great views to either side, one also has the added delight of encountering the occasional chute that they haven’t skied yet. Experiencing much cooler weather and seeing two chutes beneath my feet that I didn’t recognize had me thinking about snow. The hail helped in that regard as well.. I’ll let the pictures paint the rest of the story.