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post #1 of 15
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Rather than post many separate TRs or take up too much space in the "Who is still skiing" thread, I'll put together yet another sort of Cliff's Notes version thread.

 

After checking the hourly weather forecasts and weighing the risk/reward potential we made a nearly last minute decision to go for it up on Roundtop's Wu-Tang Patches. I was joined by dookey67, gone2alpine and his amazing dog Rossi.

 

Dookey67 adding tracks to the RZA line of the Wu-Tang Patch...

 

Stev on the GZA line of the Wu-Tang Patch...

 

gone2alpine sprays corn while Rossi enjoys a faceshot...

 

Stev nears the bottom of the Method Man Patch...

 

Rossi following dookey67...

 

Rossi following gone2alpine on the Masta Killa's Hidden Chambers of Death Patch...

 

We were rewarded with a great summer corn snow harvest. The risk of storms didn't present itself until our hike out when we got a little wet.
I am now up to 117 consecutive months skiing. I think that dookey67 is up to 67 consecutive months skiing and gone2alpine is up to 34 consecutive months skiing. 

(Go to patchskiing.com if you would like to see more than the Cliff's Notes version shown here.) 

post #2 of 15
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On today's (7/6) recon mission I went above and beyond ski lifts with my wife and our dogs Makisha and Penny. This season's 100th day was on the Checkmark Patch.

 

Stev...

...Penny follows...

 

Looking back up at the Checkmark Patch on the hike out...

 

A pretty cool summer day at 10,500 ft. 

post #3 of 15

this was my soundtrack for that day (at least this was the song reverberating inside my melon with repeat mode stuck like Crazy Glue on the tip of a finger lodged in a bellybutton).

 

post #4 of 15
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Today (7/10) I skied the Left Patch and the Center Patch up near Forestdale Divide.

 

Stev, Penny and Makisha on the Left Patch...

 

Stev on the Center Patch...

 

I used the custom self-timer on my camera for these pictures. If you would like to see others including flip-book style animated .gifs go to this page at patchskiing.com: http://patchskiing.com/forestdalepatches071013.htm

 

After skiing we stopped by Red Lake.

Makisha really likes getting a stick...

post #5 of 15
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Yesterday (7/12) I skied the "4th of July Lake Trail Patch" and the "October Patch"

 

Here is a custom self-timer on the "4th of July Lake Trail Patch" with Caples Lake in the background...

 

I'm happy after skiing the "4th of July Lake Trail Patch"...

 

My tracks on the "October Patch"...

I wonder if this patch will make it until October this year. However, the suncups were small and the snow was soft and smooth,

post #6 of 15
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Dookey67 and I returned to ski some of the Forestdale Patches yesterday (7/16.)

It was maximum fun in marginal conditions.

 

First, we milked the "Right of the Right Patch" or "The Forestdale Divide Patch"

 

Dookey67...

 

Dookey67 does the giant-rock-slalom...

 

Stev...

 

Dookey67...

 

Looking back at 8-10 laps of tracks:

(I did 8 laps and dookey67 did 10 laps. The line on looker's right was nearly a mogul run by the time we finished here.)

 

Next we headed to "The Right Patch" or "The Main Patch"

It had separated into upper and lower sections.

 

Stev with a lunar surface in background and the foreground:

 

We also have video from the three different patch areas:

 

We made the most of what there was.

post #7 of 15
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Yesterday (7/21) was a return to Roundtop day.

Tried to beat the heat (over 80 degrees at over 8,000 feet) by spraying some corn snow on the "Method Man Patch."

 

It did cool off slightly on the hike out when the clouds rolled in and we got a little bit of rain.

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How is the snow holding up with the rain we've been having? 

post #9 of 15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

How is the snow holding up with the rain we've been having? 

The heat has been a bigger factor than the rain. The snow quality is still pretty good (minimal suncups with soft, smooth corn snow.) However, the quantity could be described as the 'Wicked Witch of the West' saying "I'm melting, I'm melting!"

I have seen entire skiable patches disappear in a few days. 

The real downside of the rain has been the thunderstorms, which can change summer ski plans unless you think that hanging out near mountain peaks with metal edged skis and metal poles is a great idea. 

post #10 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Stev View Post

The heat has been a bigger factor than the rain. The snow quality is still pretty good (minimal suncups with soft, smooth corn snow.) However, the quantity could be described as the 'Wicked Witch of the West' saying "I'm melting, I'm melting!"

I have seen entire skiable patches disappear in a few days. 

The real downside of the rain has been the thunderstorms, which can change summer ski plans unless you think that hanging out near mountain peaks with metal edged skis and metal poles is a great idea. 

Not interested in being a lightening rod? 

 

Thanks for sharing your adventures.  May they be filled with snowy patches and zero electricity. 

post #11 of 15

 

My turns form early July, hope to make some more soon.

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Still skiing :)

post #13 of 15
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Idris, Your July conditions look much more impressive than what I'm finding around here.

 

Here is the first of three late July ski days

Saddlebag Lake, July 28, 2013

"Big L Chute" near Lower Conness Lake


Makisha looks up at North Peak on the approach:

 

Penny encourages me to get going...

...then follows...

 

Makisha and Penny head up while I get ready for another run:

 

Stev:

 

Looking back at the "Big L Chute"

 

I'll post photos and videos from the next two ski days after I get them sorted out.

post #14 of 15
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Here is the second of three late July ski days.

"The Tribble Patch" on July 29, 2013.

 

Looking across Tamarack Lake, Stev points at "The Tribble Patch":

(The elusive "Bird of Prey" patch is further to the left.)

 

Stev rock scrambling above Tamarack Lake on the approach:

 

Dookey67 spraying summer corn snow:

 

A panoramic view looking down from the top of "The Tribble Patch":

(L to R: Tamarack Lake, an unnamed lake, dookey67 bootpacking, Hunewill Lake.)

 

Stev:

 

Dookey67 is happy with our graffiti:

 

Video:

 

Dookey67 can provide a more detailed description of our day.

post #15 of 15
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The third of three late July ski days.

Jack's Glacier, Dunderberg.

 

Stev starts the bootpack on Jack's Glacier:

 

The view from the top:

(Dookey67 can be seen coming up on the left.)

 

Stev:

 

Has dookey67 found thigh-deep snow or is he about to ski over a ridge?

...further down...

 

Stev:

 

Video:

 

Now I need to start a TRs-August 2013 Skiing thread.

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