After eating lunch in the lodge basement, I returned outside to falling snow. I will take snow over rain any day. I was working with Tim Scott, who was also evaluating me. I got some good feedback on my presentation style and encouragement to continue applying these skills on climbs.
With the conclusion of the class for the day we all retired to the lodge to relax and eat dinner.
My birthday fell on this weekend, so I baked a German Chocolate cake for the occasion. The cook was happy that I had brought up the cake, because she had not prepared dessert for the evening. This was the second birthday in a row that I had celebrated at Mazama Lodge. It certainly was a fine place to celebrate my birthday.
Day two of this snow climbing field session took place near Timberline Lodge. The weather
was glorious, with a clear blue sky. The crisp white snow fields of Mt. Hood watched over us. In the distance one could see Mt. Jefferson and (as a bonus) the Three Sisters! Today I helped at a station where student would apply the snow anchor skills learned the day before to a multi
pitch rappel. To see the smiles on some of the students when they discovered that the anchors that they had built had held them was the highlight of the weekend.