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Trip Reports - Patchsking, July 2016

post #1 of 20
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Instead of posting a separate TR for every patchskiing day, I'm going to put them in one thread for the month of July. I already did so here for the month of June. (I also plan to do this for upcoming months.) I hope that others will add to this. I also hope to provide views, creamed corn and soft-serve snow images, along with some dog stoke.

I'll post a few highlights from each day.

If you would like to see more just go to patchskiing.com 

 

I'll start with a few from Folger Peak, July 1, 2016.

 

Stev starting down one of the top chutes.

 

Stev skiing below Folger Peak.

 

On the hike out the waterfalls were really flowing. In the background you can see some of the chutes I skied in previous years.

 

The hike out offered plenty of options. Stev taking a second run.

 

Looking back at Folger Peak. We started from the chute just to looker's left of the highest point.

 

153rd consecutive month skiing.

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Forestdale Patches on July 7th.
A recon ski day with Makisha and Penny. We started at the bottom of the "Right Patch" or "The Patch" and headed up from there. I skied three runs each on the "Luniz Patch," the upper "Right Patch" and the lower "Right Patch" for a total of nine runs in two hours.

Many of the photos I took were self-timer shots using a mini-tripod.
Here are Penny and Makisha on the "Luniz Patch" during a set-up test photo.

 

Stev on the moving dog slalom course on the "Luniz Patch."

 

Stev taking another run on the "Luniz Patch."

 

Stev and Makisha on the upper "Right Patch."

 

Makisha and Penny start another run...

...and Stev joins them...

 

Makisha and Stev on the lower "Right Patch."

post #3 of 20
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Originally Posted by Stev View Post
 

Looking back at Folger Peak. We started from the chute just to looker's left of the highest point.

 

153rd consecutive month skiing.

 

153!!!! Amazing.

 

How much vert do you get on the run you mentioned above?

post #4 of 20

Thank you for posting these amazing pictures! I skied at Sierra this past season and did some backcountry skiing on Mt Tallac. This looks very very difficult, and enormously fun. 

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153!!!! Amazing.

 

How much vert do you get on the run you mentioned above?


Thanks. On our first run we got in around 800 feet of vertical. (9,600 to 8,800)

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I returned to the Forestdale Patches with Dookey67 on July 11th.
We started on the "post-patches" or the patches up at the divide past the other main patches.

Stev heading down the first of two of the "post-patches."

 

Dookey67 on the second of two "post-patches."

 

Next, we hiked up the ridge toward Forestdale Peak.
When I got close to these plants I thought I heard a Who.

 

Dookey67 skiing below Forestdale Peak.

 

Dookey67 continues down the ridge.

 

We found a new patch below the ridge.

 

Stev

 

Dookey67

 

We skied another patch that took us closer to the "Luniz Patch," and the "Right Patch."

Dookey67 about to ski through the choke.

 

Stev on the "Luniz Patch."

 

We finished the day on the "Right Patch."
Dookey67

post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by Stev View Post
 

I returned to the Forestdale Patches with Dookey67 on July 11th.
We started on the "post-patches" or the patches up at the divide past the other main patches.

 

[snip]

 

Next, we hiked up the ridge toward Forestdale Peak.
When I got close to these plants I thought I heard a Who.

 

[snip]

 

Great pics as always!  Horton is my favorite elephant. ;)

post #8 of 20
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I finally put together a video edit of my first ski day in July. This is just over two minutes long.

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That is awesome! I have been wanting to do something like this in Colorado.
post #10 of 20
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I finally put together a video edit of my first ski day in July. This is just over two minutes long...

 

I was kind of hoping you were about to ski that stream... :eek

post #11 of 20
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I was kind of hoping you were about to ski that stream... :eek

I have a friend who intentionally snowboarded into that stream on a previous trip.

post #12 of 20
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I need to get caught up with a few recent days, so here are just a few from each day.
Mt. Lola on July 14th.

Philpug

post #13 of 20
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Castle Peak and Basin Peak on July 16th.

 

Castle Peak panorama on the approach.

 

A photo of Matt photographing Dookey67.

This was Dookey67's 200th day of this season.

 

Below Basin Peak.

 

Dookey67 on the ridge between Basin Peak and Castle Peak.

 

Stev

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Forestdale Patches on July 19th.

 

Stev about to start the bootpack.

 

Penny joins Frank.

 

John taking another run on the "Luniz Patch."

 

Penny starts to follow John.

 

A short (a little over one minute) video -

post #15 of 20

Nice excuse to go out for a hike! :)

 

Thanks for posting the pictures. I enjoy the different perspective. 

post #16 of 20
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Forestdale Patches, July 22nd
 
Looking down over the "Center Patch" on my approach to the "Left Patch." To get an idea of size you can see my vehicle parked below the snow.

 

Penny keeping cool near the top of the "Left Patch."

 

Looking up at the "Left Patch" and sunbeams after my first run of the day.

 

 

"Center Patch" selfie +1 Penny.

 

A short video, about two and a half minutes long, featuring Penny.


Edited by Stev - 7/28/16 at 4:16pm
post #17 of 20
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Round Top, July 24th.

 
We started our approach from Wood's Lake and headed past Round Top Lake to the "October Patch."
 
A Round Top Lake panorama.

 

 

George on the "October Patch."

 

After making a few runs on the "October Patch," we hiked back past Round Top Lake and headed up to the "Wu-Tang Patch."

Stev and Penny on the "Wu-Tang Patch" with Caples Lake in the background.

 

Next, we traversed from the bottom of the "Wu-Tang Patch" over to the top of the "Method Man Patch."

Penny joins Stev on the "Method Man Patch." Winnemucca Lake can be seen below.

 

We found an extra patch below the "Method Man Patch."
George on the "Redman Patch." Winnemucca Lake can be seen below.

 

This allowed us to hike/traverse/bootpack over to the "U-God Patch."

Stev and Penny in front of the waterfall by the "U-God Patch."

 

On the hike out the wildflowers were really going off. There was also some interesting insect activity.

A plant and Round Top.

 

Bee and flower.

 

 

 

post #18 of 20
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White Rock Lake, July 25th
 
Looking across White Rock Lake.

We would ski the ridge on the upper right. 

Stev having fun storming the castle on the approach.

 

Dookey67

 

Stev

 

Dookey67 making more tracks.

 

Stev

 

Dookey67

 

A deer checking us out on the hike out.

post #19 of 20
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Center Patch, July 27th
All photos were taken using the self-timer setting on my camera.
 
Penny and Stev on the first run of the day.

 

Penny is ready for another run. She also is thinking that I should be sponsored by Dalbello Ski Boots, Dynastar, and Look Bindings.

 

Penny shows the way on our second run of the day.

 

Penny is ready for some more skiing.

 

Stev on the third run of the day.

 

Stev on the fourth run of the day.

 

I would take on more run on the "Center Patch" before calling it a day.

post #20 of 20
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The Right Patch on July 29th.
Dusk Patrol Skiing

Penny keeping cool on the Right Patch.


Stev taking another run.


Penny and Stev.



Stev skiing in the shadows.
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