It was a good day: a KMC club trip to White Queen. Yes, it’s at least my eighth or ninth time up this season but you know, it’s always a beauty hike.
We took our time going up and arrived at the top at the top at about noon. After the mandatory group photos we decided to take the “fun” way down.
This route involves a steep-ish drop down a gully, which was huge fun. and then we heard a ”whomp.” This whomp actually occurred directly under my feet. I felt the vibrations right up through my legs.
There was a touch of concern but the slope was not steep enough to cause a great deal of worry and we continued down to a nice, sheltered lunch spot where Rick dug an avi pit. Again, all indications showed no cause for concern. But then, as Rick said, nothing is sure.
At any rate, we continued down and then faced a choice: either keep breaking trail along the Beattie ridge and then down or follow the ski track we found back along the side of White Queen and go down the rest of the way on the Queen. We opted for the latter. Good choice, I think, given the heaviness of the snow. And we still managed to have a ton of fun plunging down and falling many, many times.
Great day and an excellent group.