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First Ascent Guide Tom Wayes Gets His Ultimate Day in Haines, AK
Posted on May 2, 2010

By Tom Wayes

Throughout my guiding career, I have been on a quest for the ultimate day—whether it’s with friends on a personal trip or with clients. As a guide, you are trying to balance taking people where you want to go and where they should go.

On April 9 and 10, I finally had the days that will be the benchmark for all future days. I had a group that was up for the task. They were super-solid skiers and riders, and it was our fifth and sixth days in a row, so our communication and expectations were crystal clear. We got up early and lifted off in the heli at 7:30 a.m. It was also the sixth day in a row of bluebird skies, so a lot of the “hot-tin,” or motivation of the other groups and pods, was satiated. Think lions or wolves who are drunk with a belly full of meat, lying in the sun.

Knowing this would be the case, we jumped on the opportunity. The group pushed safely to the extent of their ability and it was an all-time career highlight for everyone. In total, the group had accomplished 38 runs in three days, 15 of which were notable with eight first descents.

Immediately, your mind wonders how you’ll top it, but maybe we shouldn’t even bother. This might be as good as it ever gets.

Author: - Sunday, May 2nd, 2010
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  1. Sun Doctor 420

    You could not have said it any better, the days are upon us,the conditions choose us, and the people make it happen. The only bummer about that day, was I wasn’t there with ya, Thanks Tom you make it happen.
    Don’t worry y’all i had something going on myself!


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