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So, a friend and I are thinking about Terminal Cancer this season.  I've read a number of TRs and articles about ti, but perhaps you can shed a little light.

 

Q: What's the access like?  Long skin, snowmachine, what?

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Hi, Bob.

 

If mountaingirl doesn't chime in, do you or your friend (whom I suspect I'm acquainted with wink.gif) know Andrew M well enough to give him a call? 

 

He did a report on skiing it many years ago that I still think of often.  I'm pretty sure they hitched a ride in on a couple of snowmobiles, otherwise I think it's a REALLY long approach.

 

Their actual experience going up it still makes me laugh.  It had snowed a whole bunch before they got there and of course any snow that falls on that entire face blows into that tiny sliver of a couloir.  He showed us photos of them slogging their way up through new snow deeper than his HEAD. 

 

It looked like absolute torture, but the kind you would probably like. 

 

I don't even remember how he said the skiing was, but I'll never forget his description of going up it.

 

Good luck.  It seems like a very worthy goal.

 

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Hi Bob biggrin.gif

 

Yeah, it's Russ.  I'm actually waiting to hear from AM, but I thought being as mg1961 lives in the area, I'd pick her brain.  I get a little confused reading Andrew's TRs - one seems to indicate it's just a short hop, but I also remember one where he claimed it was a long slog:

http://straightchuter.com/tag/ruby-mountains/

 

^ Great picture on the second post.  Anyway, we're makin' plans...wanna go?  biggrin.gif  And we're also planning to give the Grand another try in spring...see you then?  

 

Oh, I just looked this up:

http://groups.google.com/group/rec.skiing.backcountry/browse_thread/thread/d98599faeb45133/ef0f67a25a021fa1

 

Schwing!!!!!!!

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It's not that bad.  They have the road closed about 1/4 mile below where you have to cross the creek to access the chute.  That creek crossing is the hardest part of the trip.

 

TC is either a good climb/crappy ski, or a crappy climb/great ski.  You don't get both simultaneously.  The last time I did it, the chute was full of avy debris and breakable crust.  Full-on survival turns.  Andrew M. obviously caught it on a different day.  I have a friend who has not done it and wants to go up this year... if she gets a day off when the conditions are good, we'll head up.

 

There have been a LOT of people skiing that chute recently - there were tracks in it a couple of times a week last year, very few of them from locals.  Frankly, there's better skiing up there.  Lots of it.  Not so aesthetic, though.

 

Let me know if you need a place to crash.  My house is right at the mouth of the canyon.  Comes complete with hot tub and home brew.  And snowmobile rides if needed.

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Let me know if you need a place to crash.  My house is right at the mouth of the canyon.  Comes complete with hot tub and home brew.  And snowmobile rides if needed.



Hi, my name is chad.

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Let me know if you need a place to crash.  My house is right at the mouth of the canyon.  Comes complete with hot tub and home brew.  And snowmobile rides if needed.


Hi, my name is chad.


How you doin'?  rolleyes.gif

 

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Originally Posted by mountaingirl1961 View Post

It's not that bad.  They have the road closed about 1/4 mile below where you have to cross the creek to access the chute.  That creek crossing is the hardest part of the trip.

 

TC is either a good climb/crappy ski, or a crappy climb/great ski.  You don't get both simultaneously.  The last time I did it, the chute was full of avy debris and breakable crust.  Full-on survival turns.  Andrew M. obviously caught it on a different day.  I have a friend who has not done it and wants to go up this year... if she gets a day off when the conditions are good, we'll head up.

 

There have been a LOT of people skiing that chute recently - there were tracks in it a couple of times a week last year, very few of them from locals.  Frankly, there's better skiing up there.  Lots of it.  Not so aesthetic, though.

 

Let me know if you need a place to crash.  My house is right at the mouth of the canyon.  Comes complete with hot tub and home brew.  And snowmobile rides if needed.


Thanks for the info.  Sounds easier than I thought (<-famous last words).  I imagine there are lots of other great lines that are very cool, but you know how it is with out-of-area poachers, we want to hit the eminent line when we blow into town.  

 

And thanks for the awesome support offer.  I'll let you know how it comes together.  I'll bring brown liquor.  

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