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My first backcountry experience.

post #1 of 16
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First, I would like to thank Dookey for making it all possible. I am not sure it was a COMPLETE back country trip because some was "inbounds" and since we hiked the whole thing, I will claim it as so.

 

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I met up with Dookey at the top of Donner Pass and we decided to hike up to the top of Mt. Judah, the mountain that Sugarbowl is on. The hike consisted of bushwacking and bootpack but it was a good, bordering on tough hike for me since it was my first time.While we didn't see any wildlife, we did see some deer tracks.

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We hiked all the way up to the "movie screens" (what are they exactly used for, we both wondered) , then a short hike across the cornice for a few turns down the backside towards Donner Lake.

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After that short run, we hiked back up to the top then started to make our turns back down the face.

 

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Pole wack

Dookey on the backside...

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The hike back up from the backside:

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Other than a few sections where we had to sidestep and trek (and one section above Poop Chute where we had to take our skis off), we were able to make a consistent turns all the way to the bottom. 

 

Pics from the frontside on the way back...

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Poop Chute

 

Thanks Dookey for a great day!

 

post #2 of 16

First off, danke gracias for tagging along with me, Phil. And for taking some killer snaps to boot!

 

Secondly, I say it counts as a backcountry jaunt for sure since we hiked for the turns and had our skis on our backs in our packs. Granted, we didn't have to skin in, but we're at a point in the season where you really don't need to skin around here to score some nice turns. One could argue that what we did was between a full-blown B/C tour and patch skiing; one could also argue that we did "slackcountry", but I'mma stick with the whole "intro to backcountry" signature, since you gotta start somewhere and dry hiking and bootpacking for turns is as good a place as any to start (i.e. if you don't cotton to this, then chances are you prolly won't cotton to skinning).

 

Thirdly, we never technically were inbounds, we skirted the Sugar Bowl boundary only on the last 1/3 of the hike and we never skied in-bounds on anything that is remotely considered a run at Sugar Bowl. If we'd sauntered over to the Summit Chair ramp and had snapped some novelty photos of us on the wooden exit ramp, well then we could have claimed some "inbounds" skiing for sure!

 

More to the point, however, is that it was a good day of good turns.

post #3 of 16

Good Job Phil!!

 

Get back to your Krypton Roots and get the Virus AT boots.

post #4 of 16

I vote that it was backcountry.  I think you need to use lifts for it to be sidecountry & if the area is closed then it is officially OB.

Nice job gents & it is my impression that these were also Birthday turns!

JF

post #5 of 16

Those look like passive microwave repeaters.  They're all over in the mountains, but a lot aren't used any more.  Typically they'd be used for getting something like voice communications or maybe cable TV into a remote area.  The repeater lets you bounce a signal around an obstacle that prevents you from having direct line of sight.  Pretty cool technology and I think we'll see it come back into more use some day.

post #6 of 16
Congrats Phil. Looks like you had appropriate headware as well.

Mike
post #7 of 16
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I am looking forward to doing it again...say next Thursday???beercheer.gif

post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

Congrats Phil. Looks like you had appropriate headware as well.

Mike


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I guess that kind of summer snow means no 50 MPH GS turns to blow your hat off?

 

Would this amount of snow cover normally not be available on this terrain in July? 
 

 

post #9 of 16

Nice TR, guys. Terrific snaps on what looks a beautiful day.

post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by vinn View Post

Those look like passive microwave repeaters.  They're all over in the mountains, but a lot aren't used any more.  Typically they'd be used for getting something like voice communications or maybe cable TV into a remote area.  The repeater lets you bounce a signal around an obstacle that prevents you from having direct line of sight.  Pretty cool technology and I think we'll see it come back into more use some day.



Maybe Phil should have laid on his back, and stuck his feet up in front of the repeaters, to do a little spot molding with his boots.....

 

post #11 of 16

Nice!  Just think of all the new equipment you'll be able to get!

post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by Jamesj View Post

Would this amount of snow cover normally not be available on this terrain in July? 
 

 


I would say that you can normally find this kind of snow cover around the Sierra(s) in July, provided you know where to look and are willing to work for it (i.e. longer approach, more bushwhacking, more rock scrambling, etc). However...this kind of snow cover for where we went and the relative ease of access is a wee bit rare for this time of year. 

 

I know there's more snow down where 4ster frequents, that's for sure. But for Donner Pass to be holding this well in July is pretty sweet. 

 

At any rate, DP is a pretty good primer as you can access some decently pitched lines and the ease of access is grand. We basically hiked up the PCT to the top of Mt. Judah. Our entire endeavor took about 3.5 hours from starting the hike to ending up in deck chairs sipping cold ones. Had we been seriously ambitious we could have continued on out the PCT past Mt. Lincoln to the Benson Hut, which is about 4 miles beyond where we went and there's some nice looking shots still lurking out there for sure. I have no idea how far we hiked, but I'm hazarding a guess that it was at least a couple miles...though according to this site (http://www.petesthousandpeaks.com/Captions/nspg/donnerpk.html) it is roughly 1.5 miles from the pass...so we probably made--more or less--a 3 mile round-trip.

 

post #13 of 16

Aaaaahhhhhh!

 

Very cool.

 

Well done, both of you, and thanks for the report.

 

And that's definitely backcountry.  When there ain't no lift, it's all backcountry.

post #14 of 16

The Philpug transition continues:

 

From a Bob Peters wannabe to actually climbing for turns. I must say that I am impressed! I've got to add this type skiing to my bucket list.

 

PS - Dookey can ski!

 

Great pics, thanks for sharing.

 

 

post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by vinn View Post

Those look like passive microwave repeaters.  They're all over in the mountains, but a lot aren't used any more.  Typically they'd be used for getting something like voice communications or maybe cable TV into a remote area.  The repeater lets you bounce a signal around an obstacle that prevents you from having direct line of sight.  Pretty cool technology and I think we'll see it come back into more use some day.


 

Ahhhhh ok. I always wondered what those were. Every time i go hiking i always see them on top of mountains but couldn't figure out what they were used for.

oh BTW nice TR

post #16 of 16


Dude!  Welcome to the club!  Nice trip indeed, I would have killed for some snow last week so get it while the gettin's good man.  BTW, where's the rest of ya? icon14.gif
 

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Get back to your Krypton Roots and get the Virus AT boots.



Going to have to agree with him here.  The Virus changed the game for me and opened up a whole 'nother world.  Buy them and never look back. 

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