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Alaska Report: Part 3

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These are from the morning of our second day of flying. As you'll see, it was another bluebird day with great snow.

This first shot is our group checking out the entrance to a long, long, ridgetop ramp that dropped through north-facing shadows. The run goes northeast off a peak called Tiekel North:





This next one is our guide, Bruce Keller, slope-testing the wind-scoured portion at the very top:





This next one shows Bruce waaaayyyyy down there (this was the most telephoto my lens would do). Our route goes down to Bruce and then follows the sun/shadow line way on down to the left:





Here's Ruth pondering her next move as we continued down toward the glacier at the valley floor:




That run was so great that we had to do it again. Here's Ruth getting ready as Greta drops down to get another group:


This next one shows Theo, another guide, skiing that same ramp toward me:




And all that is just partway through the day. More to come...
post #2 of 9
Bob

is this the same Theo - who is a guide/instructor at JH.
post #3 of 9
Your third trip report and I'm still not tired of the pictures. What an awesome thing for you to share.
post #4 of 9
I look at these pictures and I just laugh at the magnitude of the lines you guys were skiing. They're soooo long.
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My husband saw the photo of the heli perched on that tiny, tiny ridgeline and he said, "Please! Please! Can we go!"

The photos are AWESOME. I am living the ski life vicariously this week, and this seems like a pretty good trip to pretend to be having. Thanks for sharing. . . and I can't wait for more!
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Have to say, that is one sick launch that Greta is taking in the background. Would have expected it full, at altitude, but not empty.

I spent my youth growing up at a small airport run by my father and bummed rides in almost anything and everything capable of taking to the air. The ride in the old Bell 47 traffic copter, piloted by a Nam vet buddy of my fathers, scared me the most.

The skiing looks pretty sweet too.
post #7 of 9
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Originally Posted by Marty
Bob

is this the same Theo - who is a guide/instructor at JH.
Yes, it is.

Did you previously know Theo, Bob? I met him last year at JH. He's at the same time intense and laid back. A very cool and very interesting guy.
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Originally Posted by shmerham
Yes, it is.

Did you previously know Theo, Bob? I met him last year at JH. He's at the same time intense and laid back. A very cool and very interesting guy.


Yes, I've known Theo for probably 25 years. We first met when I was a guide and he was a ski instructor here at JH. He's a d#mn fine skier and a really unique individual. You're exactly right in your assessment of his personality.

When you get him going on a subject he's interested in, he's one of the most passionate people on the planet. He is extraordinarily passionate about skiing in general and his heli operation in particular.

He's a wonderful guy and you gotta love him.
post #9 of 9
From the 3 days of skiing with him
- Theo is a great skier
- Theo is very serious about his skiing
- You have to know him to love him.
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