Jordan, Will, Ryan, Terence, Shaun, Vinson, Sidney, Tina, Rita, Mr. Dahlstrom, and Ray at the start.
Tina and Rita lead us through the early stages of the hike, across a riverbed and toward the mountain path.
Jordan found this tree at Vivian Creek campsite, about a mile into the trip.
Ray made the most out of his wheel-less skateboard, breaking it out at every rest stop to make new snowboard runs.
Tina and Sidney take a break.
Sunset on the first night revealed layers of mountains under layers of clouds.
Rita, Shaun, Mr. Dahlstrom, Sidney, Ray, Ryan and Jordan reap the rewards of a fire on a cold night. A couple hours later, it had melted a four-foot wide hole in the snow and kept us all warm well into the night.
A marshmallow roasted to perfection makes for mighty good s'mores.
The next day, we set out to get as far as we could. When Will told us he would be making a snow angel in his speedo at the top, we thought he was joking. We didn't know he had a speedo, and we weren't quite at the top. But then he made a snow angel in his speedo. We wish he had been joking.
At which point the other boys were inspired to be ridiculous. For the record, it's about 32 degrees at an altitude of 10,500 feet.
Since it was so icy, it was much faster to slide down. We dug our heels in to steer and break. Here, Ryan hits a patch of soft snow that brings him to a halt. Photo courtesy of Rita Lo.
Taking a break to enjoy the sun on the way down.
Looking back to Mt. Baldy (peeking above a thin wisp of cloud) from San Gorgonio.