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post #62 of 82
SFB,
You always post the coolest sh*t!
Thanks,
JF
post #63 of 82
Thread Starter 
 Thanks for the stoke, guys, from desk-bound MG.  Hopefully after this weekend I'll be able to get back into the swing of things.

Jonesing hard.

Excellent, excellent stuff.   
post #64 of 82
Today my decision was Mt. Ralston.  Mt. Ralston borders the Desolation Valley Wilderness area.  I approached from Highway 50, directly across the road from the turn off to Sierra-at-Tahoe resort.  The temps didn't quite cooperate like they did on Sunday, as it was barely a re-freeze & I almost abandoned after the first hour.  My Ipod started playing some song about not giving up, so I kept going, & the snow got better as I got higher.

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Had to boot up the final pitches like yesterday, it was pretty steep:
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Sierra-at-Tahoe as seen from my perch:
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There are Golden Trout down in that little lake:
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Another gratuitous self portrait:
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My route down is marked with the red line (I just discovered this cool feature):
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The bottom section was totally rotten snow, but I was lucky to find it.  Had I gone down the way I went up, it would have been alot of bushwhacking, skis on & off, & creek crossings.  As it turned out I was able to ski all the way to the car, always a bonus!

Thanks,
JF
post #65 of 82

Good to see people still getting out!!

Did a Ski Mountaineering Trip for a week on the Columbia Icefields!  What a great place!  Here are some pictures:

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post #66 of 82
Quote:
Did a Ski Mountaineering Trip for a week on the Columbia Icefields!

 

Wow!

JF

post #67 of 82

After trying to do this ski for 5 weeks, the weather and circumstances finally cooperated, allowing us to hit this run into Ophir (near Telluride) yesterday.  Because of the hard climb, no one wanted to carry the extra weight of a camera, but here is a picture off the Telluride Helitrax web site.  After a 4 hour climb (the last 3 kicking steps) with skis on our packs we topped out at 13,000 feet by the saddle on the right of the top picture.  It was 6" new on top of a dust layer on an unbreakable crust.  It skied very nicely, but the snow slid on the dust and our tracks were all brown.  As we got lower it became softer and slushier. Got about 3,000 vert of good turns, and then a 45 min. walk out on a road cut.  Had one more big pitch in a chute through a large cliff band below what's shown in the bottom picture.  We got a late start and spent some time route finding, but lucked out with the weather.  Bluebird sky, but just cold enough that the conditions stayed safe, and the skiing sweet.

 

That was going to be my last ski of the season, but it was so much fun I might have to go again.  Glad to see some of the other Bears are still pushing the season too.

 

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Edited by mudfoot - 5/17/10 at 7:35am
post #68 of 82

Beautiful!  Good work Mudfoot.

JF

post #69 of 82

5-16-10:

 

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post #70 of 82

ZZZ:

 

Blue sky, no jackets, rolled up shirt sleeves, and snow up the wazoo.  Looks like the makings for a very sweet day.  Got any pics from the way down?  MF

post #71 of 82

thanks for the stoke today. these pics put it all into perspective.

post #72 of 82
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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post

thanks for the stoke today. these pics put it all into perspective.


Yeah, if you confine your skiing to resorts and ski areas, you are missing a lot of possibilities.  Hopefully this thread will inspire another member or two to buy some bc gear and explore the slopes beyond the ropes.  It is generally a lot of work, but unlimited untracked makes it worth the effort.
 

post #73 of 82

I'm jealous Mudfoot. Definitely one on my to do list. This was a different tour than with MG & JN climbing from Trout Lake (car shuttle) and Pilot knob, correct?  Sounded like an excellent day. Another group went up Silver Sunday, but haven't heard conditions, but I'll bet they are similar.

post #74 of 82
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Originally Posted by Alpinord View Post

I'm jealous Mudfoot. Definitely one on my to do list. This was a different tour than with MG & JN climbing from Trout Lake (car shuttle) and Pilot knob, correct?  Sounded like an excellent day. Another group went up Silver Sunday, but haven't heard conditions, but I'll bet they are similar.


No, same trip, it was the three of us making the only tracks in the entire basin pictured.  The trip was my idea, and a first for all of us.  I have to give thanks to JN, he kicked most of the steps, although conditions were perfect for climbing.  We were able to drive to 10,000 feet.  It was 7 hrs. round trip from the truck, up, down, and shuttle back to the truck.  12 hrs. round trip from Randango Beach, but we definitely spent some extra time route finding on both sides.

 

That's Pilot Knob in the middle of the top picture I posted.  Our goal was to come up the other side and hit that big saddle, which is a Telluride Helitrax LZ (hence the picture on their web site), but the climb to that looked too dangerous, so we ended up just to the right of what is pictured.  Skied through those rocks in the upper right-hand corner of the picture, and then merged with the line that is tracked in the photo.

 

When we got down below the bottom picture we saw some tracks from the day before off the top on skiers' left, which I believe is the famous "O Chute,"  but they came off the ridge from much farther west than us.

post #75 of 82

Kudos Mudfoot. MG was pretty pleased Sunday eve describing the trip. It got me PO'd for being a slacker and not hooking up on the Silver trip w/RR & TeleMatt, etc on a perfect day, which I am regretting. Good on ya......but........what a bunch of pussies for not bringin' a camera!!!! 


Edited by Alpinord - 5/18/10 at 2:52pm
post #76 of 82

Talk about a stoke video and tunes, skifishbum. Nice! What was the second song?

post #77 of 82

 

 

North Cascades, Washington state 5/16/10

  

A warm, sunny climb... 

 

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Enjoying the view after lunch

 

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 Liberty Bell mountain, front and center...

 

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Nice turnin' at 7000' but kinda rotten down lower

 

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Sorry, no rad action shots at 13,000' - I'll try to do better next time.  

post #78 of 82

This thread rocks.

Here are a few from a recent trip to the Tetons:

 

Skinning stoke:

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Camp stoke:

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Climbing stoke:

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High mountain stoke:

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Me, stoked:

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And...skiing stoke:

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We-came-down-that-wall-in-the-middle stoke:

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And, a little full pack-rockclimbing stoke:

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We didn't meet our objective, but we learned a lot for the next try...and had a great time.  
post #79 of 82

A few more great posts! ^^^

Thanks,

JF

post #80 of 82

STOKE...........

 

 

best camp site ever....

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Powder on May 25th!  What's up with that?

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JF

post #82 of 82

The North Cascades (Washington), the Sierras (California/Nevada) the Tetons (Wyoming), the Wasatch (Utah), the San Juans, (Southern Colorado), glad to see all you guys are still making some turns, and it looks like some damn fine skiing from the pictures.

 

Obviously, the fat lady has not sung about this season yet. 

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