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    Gulmarg 2008 TR (2/3)

    Part I

    Part III

    I had heard that Gulmarg is great when the gondola is open, but that there is not much to do when the gondola isn’t running. Lies, falsehoods, blasphemy. As long as your willing to get off your ass you can ski all day every day. Amazing tree runs, psychotic Sumo rides, everything is possible.

    Because of the wars between India and Pakistan, it was impossible to get a topographic map of the area, making it an area where it is pure guess and check as to steepness, hidden ridges and gullies, and where you will end up. Many of the runs you can do during storm days are down to lower roads where a Sumo will pick you up for another lap.



    Sumo = POS 2-wheel drive SUV. Bald tires, crazy drivers, all of whom insist on using only one chain…


    Turning around


    While runs down to Barbarishi Shrine and Tangmarg are fun, for a truly unique experience make a run down to Drang.

    Big tree?


    Tons of mini hits coming down to the village








    To say there is fun stuff around is an understatement


    Eventually, you come to a river, with a sick log crossing


    After a short 15 minute bootpack/skin you end up at this sign


    And then you enter Drang village. You can skate/glide the entire way through the village, looking at people that still survive on subsistence agriculture for the most part. The first time through, I was forced to wait for cows/goats to cross before I could continue on…

    An average house


    All the kids in the town engulf you when they find out there are skiers coming through. And they always know…because of ‘back siking” They jump on the back of your skis, hold onto your backpack, and yell at you to go.





    Some pictures of the local kids





    To get back to Tangmarg where you can get a Sumo to Gulmarg, you have to cross one more bridge. When you take off your skis the local kids quickly grab them and use them as sleds or even attempt to ski.





    Sometimes if it has been snowing hard(which it normally does) the bridge is covered in snow and you can ski across it. This is one of my favorite photos from the entire trip.



    Close up of snow covered mosque



    After that it is a short walk/ski back to Tangmarg, where you can hop into a Sumo and do it all over again!




    If you don’t want to go down to other towns or the snow is just too heavy lower down you can do quick laps on Monkey Hill(right behind my hotel). Monkey hill is short(~600ft vert) but steep and filled with tons of fun stuff.




    Tune in again next week for the conclusion of our tale, what to do when the snow stops falling and the sky is blue. Here’s a teaser…

    Last edited by mc_roon; 10-27-2008 at 01:13 AM.

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    dude, seriously this is ****'s rad. Thanks!
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    bout fucking time man. sick pictures, did your mom stop pulling her hair out when you got back?

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    That looks rad!!!!!!!
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    been looking forward to this!

    About as far from Santa Clara as you could get, eh?

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    Yeah Roon!

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    That didnt dissapoint. But that teaser...holy crap.
    "The idea wasnt for me, that I would be the only one that would ever do this. My idea was that everybody should be doing this. At the time nobody was, but this was something thats too much fun to pass up." -Briggs
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    Wear your climbing harness. Attach a big anodized locker to your belay loop so its in prime position to hit your nuts. Double russian Ti icescrews on your side loops positioned for maximal anal rape when you sit down. Then everyone will know your radness
    More stoke, less shit.

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    sick pics, can't wait for the next batch

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    fuck. your contribution has made my japan vs gulmarg decision alot harder.
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    Burning seething jealousy burning a hole in my gut... or is that some Kashmiri food?

    This TR Series kicks ass. Thank You!

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    Thumbs up

    Quote Originally Posted by mc_roon View Post
    Part I -

    Some pictures of the local kids



    I love this TR. and love this pic.
    ( wouldn't want the little fuckers jumpn on my back skis though)

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    I am so incredibly jealous. This TR is awesome in every way.

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    Awesome TR.

    Would be cool if you could post some "boring" info:
    - How to get there and how much does it cost once there
    - Snow type - cement vs fluff. Although the pics seem to suggest fluff
    and most importantly: How often does that gondola actually runs

    Thanks for sharing!

    Steve


    Not too bad, they seem to have satellite TV (does it work?)
    Quote Originally Posted by mc_roon View Post
    An average house


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    That TR is the dogs bullocks.

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    Sickness.

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    HELL YES!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mc_roon View Post
    Big tree?
    All of the pictures are AMAZING but this one is crazy...the one with the temple or what not is great as well but you already said that

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    Fuck yes!

    I know where I am going to try and go next year!

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    Mind = blown.

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    Excellent TR. Gulmarg is now on my short-list of places I need to visit before I die.

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    that's really sweet. thanks for sharing.

    i too would like to know the answers to the "boring questions".

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    That is so amazing. What a sweet place to go skiing. And it looks like there is tons of snow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mc_roon View Post

    it was impossible to get a topographic map of the area, making it an area where it is pure guess and check as to steepness, hidden ridges and gullies, and where you will end up.

    Sounds like rad adventure. Definitely adding Gulmarg to list of places to visit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mc_roon View Post
    "FKNA maannn!"
    Stoke.

    Edit: I see from your other TR that some of you have taken a liking to the beetle nut, mmm.
    Last edited by A Random Skier; 04-01-2008 at 06:12 PM.

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