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Alta 5/22 Baldy Main Chute

post #1 of 20
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So with the snow cams being much more promising(showed 4inches last night) me and Jtrue and Jakecast decided to head up to alta and knock off Baldy Main Chute.


The weather was actually freezing, I was under dressed untill I started to skin. Storm Clouds were still heading up the canyon.


The low snow year and warm temps have been brutal to the snow pack. when we got there there wasnt 4inches of snow anywhere on the mountain.


JTure Explains the finer point of using trekker to Jakecast...me and him will stick with awesome Naxos.


Flagstaff is normally grea this time of year...


Crazy Maggot and his Remote controlled heli cam


the trek begins Jture coming up corkscrew


Our Eventual Target Shrouded in clouds


There we go some clearing


I could of went alot faster but with views like this and no body at alta it was had to keep yourself from stopping.


The view down Canyon towards my casa
post #2 of 20
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So what if the snow sucked ski touring is allways a good time


How about alittle skin race


Ponering lines on superior for next year when we have well snow...


Almost there


Then we ran into something to steep skin, hiking sucks really but sometimes you got to deal.


The views are still FKNA awesome


change of season snowbird on the left alta on the right.


Never get enough of this view


at some point it got really steep.


Predropping stroke
post #3 of 20
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some always has to have the BROS


Jakecast shreddin it up


Me trying to found good snow...


Maybe right there


and here




this actualy strange that someone else took picture today besides me


Jake finding the balance point on center mount skis


Scot I want your autograph


Alittle Powder to though up in the air
post #4 of 20
Most EXCELLENT.

Well done. That's such a classic line.
post #5 of 20
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post

I could of went alot faster but with views like this and no body at alta it was had to keep yourself from stopping.
ya, thats what I tell myself when I hike too.
post #6 of 20
Beauty!
post #7 of 20
Nice job! Glad to see you hit it before it melted!
post #8 of 20
nice - thanks for the report! Gotta love that chute ... still thinking of the day they blasted the thing when I was there ....
post #9 of 20
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Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA View Post
I could of went alot faster but with views like this and no body at alta it was had to keep yourself from stopping.

What an effort with huge reward. My fondest memories are skiing Alta on a poor students budget. I can’t imagine what it would be like to ski with nobody around on that mountain…this sure came close. Cheers!
post #10 of 20
Nice to see you're still getting at it. BTW, your snow year didn't suck as much as CA. Thanks for sharing the late season stoke.
post #11 of 20
I dunno, i'm torn about this past season. For a year that "sucked" in terms of snow, I got in 40 days by April. I didn't hit 40 until July last year, which by all accounts was a banner year.

Personally, I had a blast riding with Epic folks and Maggots, which more than made up for debateable snow.

But I digress...the fact that Bush is still out beating the snow is commendable and damn enviable. I'm having a hard time convincing cats to hike to some stuff out here (admittedly I haven't convinced very hard, but still).

Thanks for the pre-summer stoke!

PS to the Nth Degree:
Speaking of which, what were all y'all riding on Bush (makes/models/lengths)...if only to fuel the inner gear slut in us all (and since some of us...namely me...are looking to bite the bullet on some new planks for an AT set-up for next season).

post #12 of 20
Nice work!
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
I dunno, i'm torn about this past season. For a year that "sucked" in terms of snow, I got in 40 days by April. I didn't hit 40 until July last year, which by all accounts was a banner year.

Personally, I had a blast riding with Epic folks and Maggots, which more than made up for debateable snow.

But I digress...the fact that Bush is still out beating the snow is commendable and damn enviable. I'm having a hard time convincing cats to hike to some stuff out here (admittedly I haven't convinced very hard, but still).

Thanks for the pre-summer stoke!

PS to the Nth Degree:
Speaking of which, what were all y'all riding on Bush (makes/models/lengths)...if only to fuel the inner gear slut in us all (and since some of us...namely me...are looking to bite the bullet on some new planks for an AT set-up for next season).

This was the worst year in 30 years for LCC, but I havent been here to me this was the best year skiing of my life.

on the gear.

My setup

184cm 06/07 Mantra mounted with Naxos Nx21 and using Kryptons. Skinning was the fastest of the 3 but I couldnt match jason pace hiking(he had At boots). BD Oranges skins(ascension? with STS tail attachment) cut by me. FYI I could skin up some very steep slope with this set up but sidehilling due to sidecut was kinda of iffy.

Jason(JTrue)

188 Superstiff Bros Naxo Nx21s and very soft At boots (dont know the make) - very light set up with tons of DH performance. the problem is the boots are a miss match and he cant drive the bros in anything but soft snow with the At boots. BD glidelight skins with STS tail attachment. Lighter than my skins and faster, but with out as much uphill grip. I could skin up steeper slopes than him.

Jake was our token newb that day.borrowed trekkers 70mm skins with no tail attachment mounted to center mounted 179 Public enemies. this was not the ideal set up , but it did work for him.

I am very new to this so I my opinion shouldnt be taken to seriousally. I tour just to have fun I bet most would kill me on the uphill that have been doing it longer. What I have work in fact skinning was down right easy I thought. DH performance is 98 percent what a Alpine binding would do, and the mantras themselves are like my gotamas just stiffer(more damp) and with more sidecut. I ski them inbounds too where they kill it.

Also if any SLC bears want have the gear and want somebody to go with give me a call.
post #14 of 20
Nice!
post #15 of 20
Thanks for the breakdown Bush!

I'm gunning to get an AT set-up for next year since I never bucked up this year and as Warren Miller always says...if you don't do it this year then next year it will be a year older (or something like that).

You guys liking those Naxos?

I'm kinda eying the Dukes, which I rode in Loveland one day and found them burly and very close to an Alpine binding than the Fritches I've ridden.
post #16 of 20
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The Naxos are nearly as light as the freerides but with a better pivot point for skinning. Plus they have 5mm ramp angle vs about 1mm for a non shimmed freeride and 3mm for a shimmed freeride. Translation they ski much more like a typical Alpine binding(those have about 5 to 7 mm of ramp). they are also built stronger(IMO) and with a better Din than the freeride. You wont notice any torsional slop unless you on truly icey groomers. Off trail in bounds, and on soft groomers you cant feel a difference between these and alpine bindings. Also the lock in the back makes it so you cant instant tele like on freerides

The Duke is alpine binding that happens to tour. I skied on them felt more solid than most alpine bindings out there. Didnt prerelease at the typical spots that marker have done for me before. cant comment on how it tour but its REALLY heavy compared to naxos. with that said I will be buying a pair of these next year to mount to some 192cm thugs. That is the tim allen school of touring. I let both board know how that goes. I suspect that I will have enough surface area to go straight up a 30 degree pitch with Thugs.

For you I think the Naxo Nx21s is the right binding they can be had for around 250 new if you know where to look. The Duke will retail for 470 but PTEX1 on TGR is offering a Hell of a deal. PM him for detail.
post #17 of 20
danke Bush.

i'm looking at snagging a pair of Lib Tech NAS this weekend (99mm, 188cm, 19r) and then slap some Dukes on 'em at the beginning of next season. going out on a limb as i didn't demo the skis but have talked to a few cats, one a ski shop owner who rode them 50+ days this year, mostly in the chutes @ Alta and loved 'em...and he's an OG Explosiv/REX lover). found a deal on the skis for about $300, so i figure i can't go horribly wrong. Plus the 99mm and the "magnetraction" seem like a good fit for an AT ski. of course i could be horribly wrong.

thanks again for the feedback, breakdown, and stoke. glad to see you're still getting turns in (i had to bail on turns this weekend due to a cold!)
post #18 of 20
Nice shots. love looking down the chute and the view. It's been awhile- must be nice up there with no one else around. One of the prettiest places in Utar... See you next fall!
post #19 of 20
AS I sit in my air conditioning, its in the high 80's and humid. THANK YOU FOR THE PICTURES! There is hope..
post #20 of 20
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AS I sit in my air conditioning, its in the high 80's and humid. THANK YOU FOR THE PICTURES! There is hope..
Did you mean "ass"? :
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