Today I took a much-needed break and headed out to the backcountry with a friend for some snowshoe fun. We headed up toward Jasper Lake in the Indian Peaks, much of our path off-trail, and enjoyed an absolutely gorgeous day. Eight miles of off-trail snowshoeing feels more like 16 - amazing how much harder you have to work in unpacked snow - but the effort was totally worth it. Just look at these pics:
|Indian Peaks vista|
|The snowfield beckons|
After a strenuous yet lovely day in the mountains, when reccing a book I just have to go for a terrific wilderness adventure: Janny Wurts's To Ride Hell's Chasm. I've mentioned the book here before - it's a standalone novel that starts off with some interesting characters and political intrigue, then transitions into an epic, nail-biting flight through a treacherous mountain gorge (complete with vicious flying predators). The action is intense, and the mountain travel handled with excellent realism. A great, fast-paced read, with some amazing terrain I sure wish I could visit (if minus the deadly predators, that is.) Also, Janny did the art shown on this British edition of the cover: how cool is that?