For our last weekend of our season in Death Valley we decided to go try out our new snowshoes on Mt. Charleston, the 12,000 ft. mountain right outside of Las Vegas. We were also trying out our new expedition backpacks that we bought for our mountaineering course this summer in Alaska. They were pretty full. Andrew described them as "the backpacks that gave birth to another backpack." It was a great weekend, and work-out, even though we experienced 50 mph wind gusts with a steady 20-30 mph wind all day and night.
Someone decided they needed to build a shelter, then build a fire inside. Not the smartest idea with dead wood surrounding you. One wall had definitely caught fire.
The next day we snowshoes around the mountain some more. Never made it to the summit, but made it to a great overlook.