After driving down the busy Glenn Highway, Russell had me find the way to Hilltop on my smart phone. “Turn onto Boniface Parkway, drive all the way down to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, then hang a left on Elmore Road. Drive till you hit Abbott, and then hang another left.” He later had me repeat the directions when we came to the right stop light.
After we paid for our $26 lift ticket, we were already on our way up. Our first run consisted of multiple major wipeouts from Caleb, Russell and me. Russell and I had to get back into the groove. Getting into the groove was a little harder for Caleb since he was a “first timer.” A few minutes later we finally made it to the base, where Jared and Hanna were patiently waiting.
On our second round attempt, Jared and I rode up together, Hanna and Caleb together and Russell all by himself. Jared and I talked over a few tips to get down. On the way up I noticed another boarder who had gained speed, hardly using any effort to turn on his edges. Jared said, “That’s how it’s done!” “What?” I asked. He replied, “Speed.”