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post #31 of 51
Thread Starter 
Canine Friendly


Urban


Wilderness


complete w/ a chuting gallery (L to R Frontage Rd, Main Couloir, Waterfall).


The


Setting


Sun


says "goodnight".


Anyone ski the line off the saddle to looker's left (primarily hidden from view in this photo)?
post #32 of 51
Thread Starter 

Stale Stoke

Some stale stoke from last season while waiting for a decent storm to come our way.

Ski Will picks his way


through a whiteout.


Always nice to see your intended destination on the opposite side of the drainage once you get above the clouds.


Good


skiing


nevertheless


ensued


before coming to a crashing halt.


Walking back


to our intended destination,


we checked out the valley


and viewed where we strayed.


Gained the ridge


and savored


the scenery


before skiing


back


towards home.
post #33 of 51
Welcome back!

You have that snow problem too huh?
post #34 of 51
I missed this thread last winter, thanks for all the great pic's and for keeping it alive this year

post #35 of 51
Strong thread
needs more stoke

Pondo photo in Neffs
and less product pimping photos
post #36 of 51
Thread Starter 
Made the 1st foray into the backyard this year.


Sometimes you have to go through hell


to get to heaven.


The clouds lifted up high


but not down low.


Face slapping fun on the exit.
post #37 of 51
Thread Starter 
Before the storm shots from a windy Christmas day.

icsteveoh launches from the diving board


and comes in deep


sinking down low


before accelerating


past me


and heading


out


the exit.
post #38 of 51
Thread Starter 

Christmas Present

A few pics from the Christmas present mother nature sent us,
Ran into Pat and friends at the TH, turned what was planned to be a short outing w/ John into a full day adventure.

We


headed


up


to some delectible


virgin


snow


within view


of the urban


valley


and the GSL,


along with the worlds largest manmade openpit copper mine,


gaining


the summit ridge.


Will post more later.
post #39 of 51
eager to see the next pics!
post #40 of 51
Always! This thread delivers.
post #41 of 51
Thread Starter 
Fixed the missing photos
We


headed


up


to some delectible


virgin


snow


within view


of the urban


valley


and the GSL,


along with the worlds largest manmade open pit copper mine,


gaining


the summit ridge.
post #42 of 51
Thread Starter 

12/27/08 continued...

Heading


down


on our way out past 3 trees


to the


lower


canyon.


Pat's happy


those 70's mittens still keep her hands warm.
post #43 of 51
Thread Starter 

It's nice

 

to get

 

out of

 

the smog

 

before sunset

 

and the

 

impending darkness

 

sets in.


Edited by tele mark - 2/16/2009 at 04:35 pm
post #44 of 51

Im just curious, since I have never participated in this type of skiing....how long, on average, do you hike before skiing down.  I know if depends on the size of the mountain, thats why Im asking on average.  Seems like youd have to hike FOREVER....but still awesome.  Sorry if this is a really dumb question...lol.

post #45 of 51
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by nextiger View Post

 

Im just curious, since I have never participated in this type of skiing....how long, on average, do you hike before skiing down.  I know if depends on the size of the mountain, thats why Im asking on average.  Seems like youd have to hike FOREVER....but still awesome.  Sorry if this is a really dumb question...lol.


 

Generally 1 1/2 - 3 hrs. of ascent depending on how high I want to go (2600'-4200') & how much time I have.  Many mid week sessions done primarily for excercise (the untracked down is the icing on the cake!) take 2 hours roundtrip to do ~2,700' of vert. (including transitioning to downhill mode and a couple of traverses involving minor elevation gain on the way out).  When I have more time I'll head to the ridge which takes about 3 hours to ascend 4,200'.  I slow down as I gain elevation, above 8,000' my ascent rate drops by about a 1/4 to a 1/3.  Avg. ascent rate is about 1,400'/hour; 1,700-1,800'/hour at lower elevations and around 1,200'-1,400'/hour at higher elevations.  Coffee helps, typically it'll boost the ascent rate by about 10%-20% to about 2000'/hr. down low and around 1,500'/hr. up high. In race mode I've covered 2000' in 28 minutes, for reference World Cup Ski Mountaineering racers ascend at a rate of 5,700'/hour (about the same rate as a fixed chair!).

 

For most backcountry skiers the typical rate of ascent is usally around 1000'/hour, however light gear definitely helps to significantly speed up the climbing rate (every pound on your feet = 5.6 lbs. on your back - focus on losing wieght on your skis, boots and bindings vs. your pack) and also leaves more energy for the down, making the overall backcountry experience more enjoyable (plus you end up doing additional vert & laps which means more face shots & turns ).

 

Backcountry skiing is rather addictive.  The price is right (free), the turns are almost always good (untracked pow), and the sense of adventure (go where you want to go) combined with the great excercise (up to 1,400 calories/hr depending on how fast you climb/body weight) completes the experience!

post #46 of 51
Thread Starter 

The day before OR I debated whether I should set up the booth or scratch the ski itch one last time before a week of conventioneering.  Decided I might as well scratch that itch...

 

I headed up here

 

& took a look at

 

the sidewinder couloir.

 

The steep ice softened up lower down

 

and made for

 

some good turns

 

out to

 

the apron.

 

Next up...

the wall of voodoo.

post #47 of 51

Mark

 

One of the priniciples of photography is to tell a story with your images.  Yours deliver, in spades.  Your TR's are truly inspiring, and I only wish I had the equipment, conditioning, and knowledge to follow your lead.  Truly amazing stuff.

 

Much thanks,

Mike

post #48 of 51
Thread Starter 

A good dump followed the convention, just what the doctor ordered after a hectic week at work.  Went with John and had a look at the Wall of Voodoo.

 

The line looked good, so we headed over to the top. Somehow we talked ourselves into skiing it, even though a couple of ominous events along the way indicated otherwise.  After discussing how bad things happen in threes, we reasoned since we overcame the first two we would overcome the next. duh.

 

John started in, making a ski cut at the top.

 

On his second cut the new snow ripped out

 

wall

 

to wall (you can see the cut in the bed surface from his 2nd ski cut - near the small tree that was covered by the new snow - likely the weak spot in the slab),

 

down to the ground in spots.

 

Fortunately he was ok after a ride 280' down slope.  Since most of the slide happened beneath him he was able to grab a tree on the way down, only losing a pole in the process (we recovered a ski which ripped off his foot).  Even though the third bad event turned out ok, it was too close for comfort. Nevertheless, we booted back up and enjoyed face shots on the run out.

 

A good look at the tri chutes, sidewinder lookers left.

post #49 of 51
Thread Starter 


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by habacomike View Post

 

Mark

 

One of the priniciples of photography is to tell a story with your images.  Yours deliver, in spades.  Your TR's are truly inspiring, and I only wish I had the equipment, conditioning, and knowledge to follow your lead.  Truly amazing stuff.

 

Much thanks,

Mike


 

Thank you for the kind words!  If you can walk and ski you have the conditioning, the equipment costs about as much as a season pass (think of it as a season pass for life).  After awhile you'll develop your own "high speed quads" , becoming a noticeably better skier along the way.  A good weekend Av 1 course is worth the investment, although huerisitcs come into play on occasion (my prior post is a prime example).

post #50 of 51
Thread Starter 

Ski Will

 

making it

 

look easy

 

on his

 

way out.

post #51 of 51
Thread Starter 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by tele mark - 4/4/2009 at 12:06 pm


Edited by tele mark - 4/4/2009 at 12:09 pm
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