We started our trip on xc skis at P. 17 near Wakefield, with all of our gear on our back. We had an 8 km ski to the Cabin, which was quite interesting, as the weight of the packs played havoc with our balance. This was especially visible where there were no tracks.
All in all, we made great time and arrived at the cabin shortly after lunch. This was plenty of time for the students to ensure they could follow through on the deal they made. The deal: the plan was for us to snowshoe part of the trip in with all of our gear, but the students recognized that skiing would be faster and easier, so they made a deal. The deal was that once we had settled at the cabin, they would navigate me up the two peaks (near the cabin) and the little lake that separated them via snowshoe. A true highlight of the trip, especially the fun downhill slides.
The evening was spent playing some games around candle light and eating spaghetti dinner with garlic bread and ceaser salad, as well as, a few extra snacks (actually, more than a few).
The next day was a 13 km xc ski out to Parking lot #16, which the group did extremely well and fast. A little lunch stop at Herridge Cabin and a great final descent into the parking lot made for a fantastic trip.