Morzine Day 7: Tried Going Up

Yesterday, I tried going up on the mountain. There were two reasons: first off, I wanted to see how well the ankle would hold up; second, following a series of dull days it was blue skies all the way, and I thought that even if I don’t move around too much I can still take some photos.

So in the morning I got a lift down to the chemists and picked up some athletic-tape. A long time ago, I used to tape up my ankle(s) when playing basketball. I decided I’d try to strap it up for support. I don’t know whether that’s a good idea for snowboarding? But I did it anyway. I took a quick look on YouTube for a guide, found one, and although it was hard taping my own ankle, I got it done.

I went up at lunch time with one of the chalet hosts, Steve, and we took a couple of runs to meet up with the others. Riding regular runs seemed ok, but I didn’t put any aggressive toe turns on, none at all. The strapping within the boot also seemed ok. I didn’t really notice it once I was going and my toes didn’t go numb or anything like that. Bonus.

In terms of pain, the lifts were the worst. Getting off actually. Lining up on a full chair means a certain twisting of your leg; that hurt. Once, I was kinda squashed, didn’t like the pain and almost ended up “staying on”. LOL. The ankle ached sometimes on the chairs too.

So I spent a bunch of time taking some photos. My quick investigation into setting the exposure definitely worked. Most of the photos I took kept the detail in the bright areas, rather than being over-exposed. I took raws too. I’ve gotta say that the current version of the Windows picture viewer does a good job, mostly, of rendering the raws. I need to look into this more, later, and get something where I can adjust the images myself…

So after having something to eat, we took a few runs before coming down. I got a little more confident with the ankle, but still held off anything hard on the toes, and played it safe around the less-flat terrain.

It felt good to be out on the hill, but I was worried that I was either setting myself back, or slightly less bad, holding up the recovery. We got dropped off in town for a few happy hour beers. Yum.

It came to taking the tape off before getting in the hot tub. I couldn’t get hold of any pre-wrap, or at least couldn’t communicate what I was after, so the tape was straight on to the skin. Ouch. Like an insight into having your legs waxed. Ciara was loving this; told me I was a wuss (or similar adjective). She was probably right – haha. I’m sure she enjoyed stepping in to rip the last bit off in one go 🙂


  • Reply April 13, 2010

    Gavin Hope

    Hey Georgina/Allie,

    nothing broken, just a sprain. Still kept me off the hill quite a bit, but not the end of the world!


  • Reply April 13, 2010


    You kinda freaked me out when I first saw your post! Thought you broke something!

    Glad to see you’re OK and you managed to get some boarding in. Still sounds painful though, hope that goes away soon 🙁

  • Reply April 13, 2010


    Hi Liking the pics, except the one of the foot of course! Hope your ankle and back are improving and that you are able to do some boarding. G xx

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