By: Chris Davenport
Written on May 8, 2012.
I’m going to keep this post a bit short, mainly because Mt. Bachelor is perhaps the least interesting of all the volcanoes we hope to ski on this journey. So how did we come to ski two volcanoes in one day? Well, the story goes like this… After an awesome morning on Mt. Thielson we drove two hours north to Bend and pulled into the totally sweet Crown Villa RV Resort. This place is so plush and relaxing!
We busted out the grill and fixed up some delicious fish tacos that had been marinating in the fridge for 24 hours in a tequila lime seasoning from Whole Foods Market. During lunch, as our bellies filled up, Daron, Jess and I were all feeling pretty recovered. It was only 2 pm and I said, “Why don’t we get ahead of the curve here and go skin up Bachelor this evening for a sunset ski?” Without hesitation, Daron and Jess were in! We had a plan. That’s the thing I love about this group… everyone is motivated and full of positive energy. So we digested for an hour and then drove up to the West base area at Bachelor for an easy 3400’ skin.
The ski area is closed Monday through Wednesday right now so we had the entire area to ourselves and skinned up a beautiful groomed track.
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Above tree line, clouds began whipping over the summit and we were shrouded in a cool mist for a while, which always makes for a slightly eery feeling.
We crested the summit dome after an hour and a half skin only to find we weren’t alone – one lone hiker was bivied in at the summit! We had a brief chat with him about his gear and the weather after he mentioned he had never done anything like this before. I told him to put a couple more big rocks on the corners of his little tent and to bring his boots inside. He graciously snapped a few photos of us and off we went.
Back in Bend we quickly had our first showers in five days and headed off to meet our friend Dave Marchi at the awesome new Good Life Brewery. Turns out the brewery is part-owned by an old friend of mine from Aspen, Pratt Rather. Pratt sat down to a great dinner with us and made sure we left with some of Good Life’s finest beer! Thanks Pratt!
Today is a rest day and we are using it to relax and run some errands in Bend, including a stop at the Whole Foods Market here, and a shop visit/ BBQ with Altrec and their employees. Should be a fun day.
Tonight and tomorrow we will attempt a traverse of the three Sisters Volcanos.