The week leading up to Easter Sunday has been a hard one for me personally. Stress, irritation, frustration, and depression had worn me out. Even the massive powder dump of April Fool's wasn't enough to shake me out of this funk. I knew that I needed to get this issue off my mind and move on past it. I decided that it was time for me to make my first solo backcountry tour.

I determined that the necessity of staying safe, understanding conditions and snow factors, terrain assessment, being alone relying solely on myself, knowing that my beacon would only be good for a body recovery, and the physical demands of the area I was to ski, skin, and hike, was enough to be able to get over the past two weeks and to move on in life.

I did choose wisely as I knew conditions were stabilized and would remain overall good for the day. In the end, this tour proved to be what I needed in coming to terms with the external and internal issues that were affecting me: it was a definite success with lots of plan changes. Solo touring has opened my eyes to a new realm and new understanding of myself and the snowpack.

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