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Skiing Caribou Poop - TR, August 18, 2008

post #1 of 32
Thread Starter 
Well, I've skied powder and corn and ice and dirt and rocks and sand, but I had never skied on caribou poop until yesterday.

I'm spending this week at a fishing lodge on the Alaskan Peninsula and I brought my skis along. I'm here "working" because I've listed this lodge for sale. Here's where I am: http://paintercreeklodgeforsale.com/

Anyway, there's still a fair amount of snow in the mountains above the lodge and I skied up there yesterday. The wife of the couple who owns the lodge went with me and we hiked up a little over two thousand vertical feet and I skied a couple of snowfields above timberline.

Here's a small group of caribou walking (and pooping) on MY snowfield:



Here I am hiking toward the snow:



And this is me making turns on snow that had a fair amount of caribou droppings on it. THIS was a totally new experience for me:



Nearing the bottom of the first snowfield:



Here I am booting up a smaller snowfield below the first one:



First turn on the lower snowfield:



LAST turn on the lower snowfield:



Tracks:



Great fun. Consecutive month number 131 is on the books.
post #2 of 32
As usual........Priceless!

post #3 of 32
The last photo gives new meaning to the term "ski brakes."

Does anyone enjoy life as much as Bob?? No.
post #4 of 32
No flat run out there. Once again Bob Peters brings the camera.

Thanks Bob
post #5 of 32
Was Caribou on the menu? One of my favorite
post #6 of 32
I might be interested in buying that lodge. Just fly me up there so I can check it out for a week and then I will let you know in 10 years if we have a deal.

BTW your link is broken so here you go http://paintercreeklodgeforsale.com

Great pics as usual.
post #7 of 32
So what type of wax did you use for caribou poop?
post #8 of 32
I used to skate ski on a Denver golf course with a lot of goose poop. There was no wax that worked.
post #9 of 32
I have skied in Zermatt when the bottom five hundred vertical feet of the run down into town had no snow on it at all. It turns out that goat poop isn't a bad skiing surface, though you don't want to fall.
post #10 of 32
most excellent stoke Mr. Peters!





i am starting to worry about where i am going to snatch my August turns...
post #11 of 32
I love it!
post #12 of 32
What skis are popular with the caribou this year?


Great pics, as always!
post #13 of 32
Fantastic, Bob! Especially the finish- that is quite a picture of the final stop. I suppose skiing on caribou poop is better than skinning on it!
post #14 of 32
Great stuff as usual Bob!!!

I lived in Alaska and saw lots of Caribou but never had the pleasure of skiing with them.
post #15 of 32
Humm, hiking up 2,000 feet. I bet you were pooped

Catch any fish? Best salmon in the world
post #16 of 32
Just curious....are we allowed to call poop shit here or is that just for TGR?
post #17 of 32
Yeah Bob but did you catch any fish?
post #18 of 32
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by newfydog View Post
Just curious....are we allowed to call poop shit here or is that just for TGR?
Apparently you are.

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Yeah Bob but did you catch any fish?
Oh, one or two.

Here's Patty, who was my partner walking up to the skiing (and photographer for my skiing shots), with a rainbow:



And here's her husband Jon (Jon and Patty are the owners of the lodge) with another rainbow:



And here's me (you can't tell it's me, of course) holding a big arctic char:



Here's another shot of some caribou. These were walking up the slope as we were hiking back down. I like this one because you can clearly see the lodge and the airstrip in the background:



This one's kind of fun, too. It has me skiing with the lodge in the far background (circled in red):



Remember, everybody...

You could OWN this place. Painter Creek Lodge.

Then you could hire THIS guy to take you skiing in the morning and fishing in the afternoon:

post #19 of 32
As always, the cool stoke pics are much appreciated


Is it just me or are you using some way short poles?
post #20 of 32
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by bumpfreaq View Post
As always, the cool stoke pics are much appreciated


Is it just me or are you using some way short poles?
Dunno.

They're 48" and I'm 6'1". I think they're probably 2" shorter than what I "should" be using, but I like shorter rather than longer - I have a tendency to stand too upright on my skis.

It is kinda steep right there, so the pole plant is a fairly long reach?
post #21 of 32
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It is kinda steep right there, so the pole plant is a fairly long reach?
Guess that must be it. At any rate, thanks for sharing
post #22 of 32
Very cool.
post #23 of 32
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Originally Posted by bumpfreaq View Post

Is it just me or are you using some way short poles?
EQUIPMENT THREAD!!!!
post #24 of 32
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
Catch any fish? Best salmon in the world
Thanks-Trout look good too!
I'll take mine broiled in bell peppers, lemon salt, and butter
post #25 of 32
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post

Then you could hire THIS guy to take you skiing in the morning and fishing in the afternoon:

I could see me now... Tackling 50 pound king salmons, just... like... this... "Quite simple, really..."



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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post
Remember, everybody...

You could OWN this place.
Um, no I can't. Thanks for the stoke though!
post #26 of 32
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Originally Posted by Sugaree View Post

Does anyone enjoy life as much as Bob?? No.

Uuum - yes!!!! Me: a summer of weddings and visiting friends in England and mountain biking at Silver Star.

http://s197.photobucket.com/albums/a...adderonLTG.flv

But Bob is pretty jammy to be 'having to check out the property' for 'work'.
post #27 of 32
So when are you going to be showing us some September turns pics Bob? Some of us need to live vicariously you know..
post #28 of 32
Thread Starter 
I've got a REALLY fun photo to post from yesterday. It's not skiing but it IS quite an exciting photo. It was taken at the end of a little climbing trip yesterday.

I'll try to get it posted later today or tonight. It'll be in the general section since it's not "technically" a trip report.

Skiing photos will be two weeks from now. Beartooth Pass.
post #29 of 32
Slacker.
post #30 of 32
Haven't seen these for awhile Bob.
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