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Rock Chute - Mammoth - Saturday accident

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post #2 of 21
hey snowman,
never a dull moment, eh?
i hope those skiers (and/or boarders) are ok by now.
we met and did a couple of runs last tuesday - w/you and your made'n AK riding friends (i rode chair with you - after my camera batteries died)
was nice to meet you...and a week later, i'm wishing i was still up there. mammoth definitely rules...and i'm already thinking about my next trip out (next spring)...and imagining more aggressive launches off the cornices!
have a great summer and all the best with the website!
mike
post #3 of 21
is that Hole in the Wall?
post #4 of 21
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Originally Posted by Rooster T4il
is that Hole in the Wall?
No that is Rock Chute....
post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by buckethead
hey snowman,
never a dull moment, eh?
i hope those skiers (and/or boarders) are ok by now.
we met and did a couple of runs last tuesday - w/you and your made'n AK riding friends (i rode chair with you - after my camera batteries died)
was nice to meet you...and a week later, i'm wishing i was still up there. mammoth definitely rules...and i'm already thinking about my next trip out (next spring)...and imagining more aggressive launches off the cornices!
have a great summer and all the best with the website!
mike
It was great to meet you that day!
post #6 of 21
Prayers go out to Jim... Let us know as he progresses?
post #7 of 21
The friends goal was to Ski the infamous Rock Chute .

Forgive me but the line looks pretty doable, why is it INFAMOUS!!!!!!
post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by bunion
The friends goal was to Ski the infamous Rock Chute .

Forgive me but the line looks pretty doable, why is it INFAMOUS!!!!!!
On that day...because it was icy! That would give you religion!
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by bunion
The friends goal was to Ski the infamous Rock Chute .

Forgive me but the line looks pretty doable, why is it INFAMOUS!!!!!!
How about a 15+ foot drop into ice about as steep as the kitchen wall. Images from afar do not do tell the real story. I have skied this line and the part that sucks is if you fall on that first turn or two the results is a air lift.

Most people who come here think you are crazy to ski that. Sorry if you do not like the words I used. Thanks for the nice rating.

Hmmm Let's see what type of story's you can give back to the good people on the web... Got a link? Guess not? Have a nice day and call me when you want to go drop in that easy line. I would love to film you.

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PS: All Jim wants is to get back on the snow! Go for it Jim!!!
post #10 of 21
Quote:
Originally Posted by bunion
The friends goal was to Ski the infamous Rock Chute .

Forgive me but the line looks pretty doable, why is it INFAMOUS!!!!!!
Pictures are deceiving. If you click the link and check out the first frame/shot on the vid, you will see that while it may be an almost easy schuss for a speed freak with more snow, it is NOW a technical chute requiring you to pick your way through the rocks. You either make lots of tight turns (not easy on steep ice) or go big and then it only takes one bad move to be bouncing off rocks at a mile a minute or more. Definitely a good reason to sharpen your edges. You also might want to practise your ski jumping before trying the high-speed way down judging by that ridge near the bottom.

If it wasn't dangerous, it wouldn't get your adrenaline going.
post #11 of 21
never saw a line that didn't look insanely easy in a photo about the size of my thumb
post #12 of 21
Hmmm Let's see what type of story's you can give back to the good people on the web... Got a link? Guess not? Have a nice day and call me when you want to go drop in that easy line. I would love to film you.


Your undies too tight or something?
post #13 of 21
Oh and way to represent your employer by being a snarky jerk online in a forum read by many people. Have a nice day. right back at ya.
post #14 of 21
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Originally Posted by bunion
Oh and way to represent your employer by being a snarky jerk online in a forum read by many people. Have a nice day. right back at ya.
We run our own company. Having an employer telling me what to do would suck.

snarky jerk wow I will tell that kids that one. They can use it this summer on there pals.

Back at you... waiting for you to come to mammoth and drop in bro!

post #15 of 21
Now, now, children. Keep it reasonable, ok? None of the saber rattling, please.

(ssh: mod out...)
post #16 of 21
They can use it this summer on there pals.

Ya mean their pals doncha?
post #17 of 21
Back at you... waiting for you to come to mammoth and drop in bro!

Please....
post #18 of 21
Bunion, how long have things been closed in the great state of Montana? You sound like you want to get on some snow. You should join us for 4th of july sliding at Mammoth. Things should be softening up by then.
post #19 of 21
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Here is some great news Jim was released from Washoe yesterday and is recovering at home here in Mammoth Lakes.
post #20 of 21
Thanks Cirque, you could still ski if you had it in your mind. Cool and wet the last 10 days. Snowed a teensey bit last nite.

I am leaving Sunday for a Main Salmon trip with some BB folks and some GNFAC folks and some snow nerds from MSU, should be a great trip.

Once I get back it is balls to the wall. Dopplymayer was here today reviewing the sites for our next 2 lifts and looking at proposed sites for 3 more after that. One lift will top out on Lone Mtn from the North Side and give us a true 4200' vert.

Summer skiing sounds nice, I haven't made it to Cali to ski in a long time.

Is G. Reitman still the PD at MM?

Snowman, that is good news about your local, head injuries suck.
post #21 of 21
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G.R. is out and Bobby Hoyt is in.

And this from Jim P:

"I will start by stating that I consider myself a very lucky person - not only in the sheer fact that I'm alive - but for the countless people that have helped me in the past few days. I'll be spending the next few days of recovery slowly getting all the exact details of those that helped. All I can say now is a quick uni-directional "thank you".

Regardless - what was thought to be a great saturday "poke" on the chute turned into something far worse. The story from the events is rich and no doubt I will never forget it - especially those who put themselves in harms way just to help me.

I just want to confirm: yes, I'm alive - with a mean headache; yes, the Pup is recovering very well!; yes, I have re-evaluated my personal opinion of including full-face helmets in all activities; and yes the Mammoth community and all those who helped me are just plain awesome.

MSnowman - kinda surreal to see the coverage on the site with the video and all that. Thanks a bunch for the kind words - just need more words to emphasize how awesome ski patrol and the emergency services community is. I'll drop you a line shortly to thank you!

And now to rest the brain - more info later.
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