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TR: First time hikin' for turns, ready for more.

post #1 of 25
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Word. This thread will not contain much visual stoke, as I was hiking alone, and my skiing self-portraits need some practice. But! It was an epic day for me on a personal level so I just wanted to share.

Today marked the start of a season that will be much different from my last 17 years of skiing. This year, I break free. Up until this year, I have skied almost entirely with my Dad, on rental demo gear, on an average of 10-15 days per season. Not any more.

Having jumped the nest, now living on my own, it's time to get my ski on. Today marked the first time I ever hiked for turns, as well as the first time I've ever skied in November, let alone the first week of November. I had originally intended to go up on Tuesday, but the storm + my 2WD Tacoma and lack of chains = me stuck at home. So I rescheduled for today, after hearing from everyone that conditions were still good.

Got started early, left Sacramento around 5:45AM, got to Kirkwood about 8, scrambled up to the kid's parking lot, after hearing Ottime's warning, booted up, and got to hiking... way too quickly. Sea level to 8000' in two hours straight into physical activity was not a good idea. About halfway up chair 7, needed a break. Was considering turning around. Busted out the camera.

The bootpack had been covered by snowmobile tracks, saw the kids blastin' around, shoulda hit em up for a ride to the top.


Lookin' up to chair 7:


Decided to just man-up and take it slow, wasn't a race to the top.

I slowed my pace heavily, stopping to take breaks every hundred or so feet. I had plenty of water and Gatorade with me, and also ate a banana on the way up which helped greatly.

After passing the top of chair 7 I found the bootpack trail, MAJOR thanks to whoever laid this down, made the hike much easier. I hope the first tracks were worth it.

Lookin' across the valley, someone needs to SkiBASE those cliffs on the left, behind the tree:


Lookin' up stump run:


With the pace on my deflowering slowed to a comfortable crawl, I kept trodding up the hill. Looking back down stump run:


Top of Sentinel Bowl came into view, at this point I knew I was home free:


Lookin' over at Glove Rock:


And down to Palisades:


Finally, two hours after leaving the parking lot, made it to the top, not a huge victory by any means in the grand scheme of things, but was stoked to have stuck with it and made it.

I've only been to Kirkwood twice previously, but I've seen all the famous TRs so I decided to check around a bit to see what landmarks I could find.

Big Jim's is... well, a lot bigger in person. More like, Hugenormous Jim's. I'd like to work up to hitting this bad boy some day, but it might be a little longer than I had originally planned. You can also see someone hit Jim's chute with a nice jump turn entry. Badass.


Lookin' down into Chamoix I believe?


Lookin' up at Chair 6/Wagon Wheel Bowl/Sisters:


Across the valley again, better view of the cliffs that need SkiBASEing.


Still the only car in the lot:


Alright, time to get to the goods. I recognized a couple little hucks that I had seen in a TR that I wanted to hit. After talking to a couple guys that had just summited, a snowboarder and a dude with a cardboard box - no joke - I decided to click in for the first time in 8 months and go for the huck.

Landing was super smooth, and the next 10+ turns were untracked pow and the ride all the way to the bottom was relatively untracked.


I've definitely been impregnated, with a renewed invigoration for skiing. I look forward to exploring heavily this year and pushing my skiing to a new level. Bring on the season! Stoke on! I promise my future TRs will show actual skiing.
post #2 of 25
FYI- Thats an extremely offensive title

I take it you are about 18yo
post #3 of 25
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21, edited.
post #4 of 25
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FYI- Thats an extremely offensive title

I take it you are about 18yo
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21, edited.
Ok, now I have to know. Must have been pretty bad for BriantheBrain to complain about in his second post ever!

And the offensive title was...?
post #5 of 25
Thanks for the TR, I enjoyed it and your enthusiasm. Nice pics too.
post #6 of 25
WOW, great report, and Brain, welcome to Epic and jumping in with both feet.
post #7 of 25
Nice stuff. Thank your dad for getting into a sport that you can do for the rest of your life and don't forget to take him on some trips when you can afford it in the future.
post #8 of 25
Thanks for the report...good job. 2 hours to the top is pretty good time.
post #9 of 25
1. Enjoyed the TR.
2. Love BriantheBrain's name.
3. Also want to know the offensive title.

Thanks.
post #10 of 25
Title PM received.

Vulgar? sure.

Offensive? not really.



post #11 of 25
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FYI- Thats an extremely offensive title
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Originally Posted by JayPowHound View Post
Ok, now I have to know. Must have been pretty bad for BriantheBrain to complain about in his second post ever!

And the offensive title was...?
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3. Also want to know the offensive title.

Thanks.
I'm a-guessin' it was...

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Originally Posted by thefrush View Post
A virgin is deflowered. No blood, but pregnancy imminent.
from the TGR

I don't know if I'd go with 'extremely offensive'.

I mean, the kid was a hikin' noob.

Threw in a little huck without getting injured on the first little storm of the season = no blood.

Feels 'impregnated' with the spirit of hiking.

It's nature. Storks don't bring babies.

I feel your handle is 'extremely' _________ (pompous? self righteous? ironic?)

anyways.

way to get out early. I'm 20 minutes from all the TR's on TGR from Rose and I've yet to 'slip it into' the skin track.

Maybe I'm a poseur. Maybe I'm waiting for the deep.

But I will say, all this early season hiking stoke is bitter sweet. Stoked people are stoked on the hikin', less stoked more people are stoked on the hikin'.

I've never posted a supercore TR. Maybe we all should post even less hikin' tr's.

Remember folks, hiking sucks! No fun at all. Lift riding in ColoRAD-BRO is the only way to go.

Nice early TR frush. Kookweed is a nice place to get it for the first time. Maybe we'll have to get you out for a real tour this year.
post #12 of 25
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splitter gets it.

Simple metaphor, I thought about it while hiking, didn't mean to offend anyone.

I had to snicker at Brian guessing i was 18 when I said I had been skiing for 17 years. Would that make me the youngest skier ever?

And the amount of hikers, at least at Kirkwood, doesn't seem to be affecting things, three days after the storm, there were still untouched lines from top to bottom, and I must say, a well stamped in bootpack made the hike that much easier.

I'd love to do a BC tour, and I appreciate your invite, but I'm afraid I don't quite have the finances for that kind of equipment at this juncture in my life, and I'll have to stick to making good use of my four season passes.
post #13 of 25
way to get out there Frush. If I wasn't working down in San Diego this week i would have been tempted to that up as well.

oh and btw as you've seen by checking out the Jim's area....Kirkwood at low-tide is a bigger, meaner and much different animal than kirkwood at high-tide or even at mid-season tide. lots of nooks and crannies to have fun in that are usually buried and filled in by Jan/Feb..but that's when other stuff comes into play. that mountain's skiable terrain is constantly changing based on snow depths...and you should have a fun few years while you're in school in Sacto coming to know it.
post #14 of 25
Nothing offensive about a Deflowered Virgin having snowgasms!
Nice stoke!
post #15 of 25
Jim's chute... I don't believe that's on the trail map?
post #16 of 25
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Word. This thread will not contain much visual stoke,

Wrong about that Boyo
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I've definitely been impregnated
Let us know when delivery is imminent, eh?

Way to get out there then get in here. Very nice
post #17 of 25
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Jim's chute... I don't believe that's on the trail map?
there's many many many things that are not on the Kirkwood trail map.

The Jim's area is off the traverse that lead's from Chair 6 to Sentinel Bowl. As you're heading towards Sentinel Bowl, the chutes will be on your right with some sort of caution sign above them. Off that ridge are many cliff's and lines including: Big Jim's (cliff), the Jim's Chute, Little Jim's (cliff), Ski School Chute, Patrolman's Chute, Upper Cham, and a few other rarely skied nooks and crannies that probably have multiple names to them.
post #18 of 25
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way to get out there Frush. If I wasn't working down in San Diego this week i would have been tempted to that up as well.

oh and btw as you've seen by checking out the Jim's area....Kirkwood at low-tide is a bigger, meaner and much different animal than kirkwood at high-tide or even at mid-season tide. lots of nooks and crannies to have fun in that are usually buried and filled in by Jan/Feb..but that's when other stuff comes into play. that mountain's skiable terrain is constantly changing based on snow depths...and you should have a fun few years while you're in school in Sacto coming to know it.
Right on man, let's go hit it up again soon, hopefully we'll get another storm.

And yeah, after hiking yesterday and eyeing the mountain, I am really looking forward to that place on powder days. Looks like a playground. I expect the grand tour!

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Jim's chute... I don't believe that's on the trail map?
As Ty mentions below, it's all part of the Jim's area, designated by an F in the Sentinel Bowl area of the trail map.

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Little Jim's (cliff),
Which one's Little Jim's?
post #19 of 25
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Which one's Little Jim's?
standing at the top of the chutes, it is to skiers right. It looks like you were kind of standing on top of it I think when you took the photo Big Jim's that you posted in this thread. Little Jim's is kind of overhanging and oftentimes when it finally comes into play on a powder day, there will be a fracture line below it from a patrol bomb. Not always, but often enough to always be sure to check that landing. I've actually never hit it myself for that reason.....
post #20 of 25
Thread Starter 
Ah yeah, I was right on top of it then. What's the drop on it? ~40? Maybe get lucky this year and catch it unfractured.
post #21 of 25
You are the real deal picking off that huck on about a foot of snow and some blown-in dirfting. I have no doubt you will be hitting all the lines this winter.

Thanks for sharing the stoke.
post #22 of 25
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Ah yeah, I was right on top of it then. What's the drop on it? ~40?
40 is a bit generous, but it depends on the snow level, probably closer to 30.... or 20 - 25 in mid-late season.
post #23 of 25
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You are the real deal picking off that huck on about a foot of snow and some blown-in dirfting. I have no doubt you will be hitting all the lines this winter.

Thanks for sharing the stoke.
Heh, thanks. The whole day was so different from any first day of the season I've had before, starting it off with a drop seemed appropriate. Was glad my legs remembered what to do once I landed.

And you're welcome, was truly my pleasure.

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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
40 is a bit generous, but it depends on the snow level, probably closer to 30.... or 20 - 25 in mid-late season.
Right on. Didn't take a good look at it as I wasn't aware of it, and was too in awe of how huge Big Jim's was. Really a different perspective standing off to the side of it. Too bad the in-run was all rocky or I woulda launched it.



Yeah right.
post #24 of 25
Nice start to the season! Great stoke, pre-season resort skiing is a good way to start touring. Familiar lines and terrain helps the comfort level + the resorts tend to clean out deadfall and boulders from the runouts. Good job, keep the TRs coming. Looking forward to seeing some BC action soon!
post #25 of 25

TR

Frush, nice pics, nice to see a 21yr old being his own man. Doing it your own way is important in life-keep it up and welcome to Epic nice to have you.

I am from Sacto. and moved to Idaho 6 yrs ago. I am just getting into hiking for turns BC and I am 66 yrs. So we have something in common. Except for the hucks that is. One of my very fondest memories in skiing is coming out the downhill side of One man chute at Kirkwood at mach 9 and making a turn uphill to the right. Yipee
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