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August and September Turns In 1 Weekend (a lazy TR)

post #1 of 14
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despite my way with words, I am essentially lazy.

so, rather than re-write an entire TR, i humbly avert your attention here:

Sunday 8.31 Turns @ Roundtop:
http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1977392&posted=1#post1977392



Monday 9.1 Turns @ Saddlebag Lake
http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=131354



Remember, you don't have to sit at home and pine for the snow. You can go out and find it, shred it, and enjoy it!

Booga-booga from the left coast.

post #2 of 14
Reason number eleventy-hundred and twenty two I'm glad i live in the Pee-enn-double-u.

But nice to see you're dedicated enough to ski even when it ain't skiing.

Now let's see what I can top that with...
post #3 of 14
Brings new meaning to the term"rock skis"
post #4 of 14
VERY well done, Grasshopper!

You've truly crossed over the line into fun-as-can-be-but-impossible-to-explain-to-a-nonbeliever activity.

Those are outstanding summer turns.

Doing a twofer over Labor Day Weekend scores even more points on the props-meter.
post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by jgiddyup View Post
Brings new meaning to the term"rock skis"
interestingly enough, the Libs survived the boulder field run-out/near death event. I believe it was Brklyn who mentioned to me that clear bases tend to be a bit more burly/indestructible than black bases. i think that may hold water as the Libs only suffered a few scrapes, but no serious damage.

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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post
VERY well done, Grasshopper!

You've truly crossed over the line into fun-as-can-be-but-impossible-to-explain-to-a-nonbeliever activity.

Those are outstanding summer turns.

Doing a twofer over Labor Day Weekend scores even more points on the props-meter.
Thanks Bob, that truly means a lot coming from somebody who shreds Caribou poop (seriously, that means a lot coming from you since I know how you love to hike for turns and how long you have been doing it). Danke for taking the time to shift your eyes over to the "other" site and read/view my adventures (though most of the credit goes to Vets, who set up the trips just for my benefit and so I could log in my 9th consecutive month!)

post #6 of 14
THAT is creative!
I would expect nothing less from you.
post #7 of 14
Dooooood you need shorter skis. Black bases are usually harder than Clear.
post #8 of 14
Thread Starter 
hmmm. dunno about the black bases/clear bases thing.

my Libs took very little damage and they bounced, scraped, and smacked some serious rock, skree, and granite chunks on Monday.

my buddyy's black bases, however, took some hits when he loaned 'em to me and i accidentally skied over a hidden granite chunk (we had previously been marking it with his hiking boot, but kept spraying slush on his boot, so we removed it and then promptly forgot where the hidden rock was!)

i have 2 pairs of clear based skis and they seem indestructible. all of my black based skis have suffered some form of damage or other.

can any one else weigh in on this?
post #9 of 14
Nice work guys. Whatever you gotta do to get your fix.
post #10 of 14
Good job, dookey. Scary, but good.
post #11 of 14
I was looking up there the week before and saw the patch, but couldn't imagine anyone climbing for it. Strong work (and a lot of work) for next to no snow. Here is what I saw from Silver Lake, and very hard to see the snow patch, but its there.



Compare that to the same date in 2005

post #12 of 14
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Dooooood you need shorter skis..
funny you should say that.

i was thinking that the 188's were a bit long for patch skiing. but then i really can't justify buying a pair of "Patch Skis" and also figured that folks like Plake and Schmidt ripped narrower and gnarlier patches with 225's, so i just need to work on my jump/pop turns this season.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by dookey67 View Post
funny you should say that.

i was thinking that the 188's were a bit long for patch skiing. but then i really can't justify buying a pair of "Patch Skis" and also figured that folks like Plake and Schmidt ripped narrower and gnarlier patches with 225's, so i just need to work on my jump/pop turns this season.
dook...

buddy...

Now that you've TRULY experienced the full fun-factor of summer skiing on little patches of dirty snow up in the middle of nowhere, it's time to add a summer-specific ski to your quiver.

Shorter is better. Short skis weigh less. When loaded on a pack, short skis are much easier to maneuver through scrubby trees or boulder fields. There's no discernible "performance" advantage to longer skis for the kind of snow you'll be skiing. Short skis are much easier to bring around in tight little rock-lined chutes. Best of all, you can buy REALLY cheap short skis (I talking rental stuff here) and you're all set.

I took a pair of 163 Black Diamond Havocs on my recent foray in Alaska. They were so short I could put them in a snowboard travel bag (along with my fishing rods, wading boots, waders, flies, etc.) They were particularly nice while I was bushwhacking through alder brush and then down-climbing through boulders. They skied just fine.

So. I expect you to be skiing on something MUCH shorter when we see the reports on your 2009 summer skiing.
post #14 of 14
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Yeah, I kept banging my heels on the tails of my 188's on the hike up and back and they kept banging on the skree when I was scrambling down, to boot.

Guess I shoulda held onto those 177 Karmas and Mantras I sold 2 seasons ago...

Shortest ski I currently own is the 180 King Salmon, which is considerably lighter than my Lib-Techs.

But I'm really just trying to narrow my quiver and then master the skis I have (current: Lib-Tech NAS Freeride as everyday, Spats as powder).

That's all I need is a summer hiking ski!



unless you got something you wanna bequeath me...
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