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A slideshow of my season of East Coast Backcountry skinning

post #1 of 16
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I made a slideshow of all my images from backcountry skiing in the NorthEast this year and entered in the The Ultimate Backcountry Purist Contest.  I thought you might like it:

 

http://backcountrypurist.com/entry-item/the-peter-wadsworth-entry/

 

 

post #2 of 16

Very nice! Some epic photos, and amazing quality. Really did enjoy it.

 

Good luck in the contest!

post #3 of 16

Great shots--I wish we had terrain like that in my part of the East Coast.

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Thanks guys, appreciate it.

 

I'm guessing that Jeff is being sarcastic.....but just in case:  I'm not sure there is anywhere in New England or new York that is more than a 4hr drive from the terrain pictured there....and I drove 4hrs many times to get to it.  It's out there, git sum!

post #5 of 16

Very cool. Great shots.  I hope you win!

post #6 of 16

Awesome stuff!

 

My goal is to get out into the backcountry next season. I was skeptical that there was enough accessible/skiable terrain here in New England but your slides killed that thought.

post #7 of 16

Great slide show! It makes me miss the Whites and my friends that ski there.

post #8 of 16

Nicely done!  Some excellent stoke in there, and it looks like you guys had a good time getting after it.

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Originally Posted by NESasquatch View Post

Awesome stuff!

 

My goal is to get out into the backcountry next season. I was skeptical that there was enough accessible/skiable terrain here in New England but your slides killed that thought.



my work is done here.  smile.gif

post #10 of 16

NESasquatch,

 

The backcountry is huge and mostly underutilized in NE. If you are new to the BC, remember that every precaution that applies to the BC out West applies in the East. Have a ball!

 

MR

post #11 of 16

Damn good slideshow. I wish there was more easily accessible info on EC backcountry. I've been skiing NH backcountry since I was 12 but thats all I know out east. I would love to branch out into VT, ME and NY I just don't know where to go. 

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Damn good slideshow. I wish there was more easily accessible info on EC backcountry. I've been skiing NH backcountry since I was 12 but thats all I know out east. I would love to branch out into VT, ME and NY I just don't know where to go. 


Thanks esales09.  The good news is there IS very easily accessible info on backcountry skiing.  There is a free program you can download that will show you every backcountry ski line in New England, and elsewhere too.  This is what I use to find every spot I skin&ski.
 

http://www.google.com/earth/index.html
 

if you already know the kind of terrain you like to ski, just find more terrain like it with this program smile.gif, then go skin up it.  It's the journey, not the destination.

 

post #13 of 16

Thanks for the encouragement guys! Safety first, then teamwork is my mantra.

 

Carbo, are you referring to Wikiloc?

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Carbo, are you referring to Wikiloc?



No, I mean Google Earth.  Or if that doesn't work for you try this: http://topomaps.usgs.gov/  Paper topo maps have worked for centuries, still work now.  I carry one, and a compass, with me every ski tour.

I've never heard of Wikiloc, but just taking a glance at that page I doubt I'd use it.  It looks like way points and tracks from other users.  I really don't care where anyone else has been.  One of the reasons I don't like skiing at resorts is that all the routes are so well labeled and marked out.  Hard to have an adventure if you're just following tracks.....

post #15 of 16

Man wasn't built to walk on foot paths... but you know that smile.gif

 

Wikiloc is an overlay for Google Earth. It would be great for new MTB trails or hiking, maybe not so much for skiin' and skinnin' due to the variable nature of snow.

 

Thanks again for sharing!

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Thanks esales09.  The good news is there IS very easily accessible info on backcountry skiing.  There is a free program you can download that will show you every backcountry ski line in New England, and elsewhere too.  This is what I use to find every spot I skin&ski.
 

http://www.google.com/earth/index.html
 

if you already know the kind of terrain you like to ski, just find more terrain like it with this program smile.gif, then go skin up it.  It's the journey, not the destination.

 

 

Haha, thanks for the tip? I'm a grad student at UNH so its hard to justify guessing on spots that are often far away and can be difficult to access. The main problem is I've only been skiing on weekends on the EC and my GF is not experienced enough to come onto untracked and untraveled terrain. I would  love to do more of this at some point as I've done a significant amount bc skiing in AK and Patagonia. I prefer the adventure of it but I also prefer to go out for weeks to months at a time. Just got back from 4 months in Patagonia at Christmas and we had some epic ski lines there... It was even more difficult to find lines as our topo maps were from 1947. Next year I will be in AK doing this type of skiing from Dec. 27th to January 24th and in Patagonia from approx june- end of august. I guess the AK backcountry has kind of ruined the EC for my but your pics look like you get after it in some good places so good on you.

 

This is some sweet terrain we accessed in AK over three days:

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And this is the hardest hike of my life in Patagonia: Cerro Blanco 4, (there are 16 cerro blancos.. this is the one in the Nandis river valley ~150km away from any civilization).

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There was also fun skiing to be had here in Cerro Castillo, Chile

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Wish I knew were terrain like that was on the EC....

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