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  1. That's some serious distance and vert right...

    That's some serious distance and vert right there. The 10PM start might make even mallwalker a bit queasy. That's next-level early!
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    Not groomed, that would be sweet. Picture what...

    Not groomed, that would be sweet. Picture what would be left behind if a cat went up soft snow with just its tracks, no blade or tiller. Basically 4" of churned up soft snow. Exiting Cardiff is...
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    Damn, looking way bony out there... Hopefully...

    Damn, looking way bony out there... Hopefully things shape up, I'm already frothing at the mouth for my April/May trip...
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    Preposterous. Live and die by the Strava times....

    Preposterous. Live and die by the Strava times. There's no other way to measure one's self worth.

    It always blows my mind when I accidentally leave the watch on driving away from the trailhead, it...
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    This has been blowing my mind this season. If...

    This has been blowing my mind this season. If he's going to truck up there on the daily he could at least put in a proper grooming so the exit is fast... How far up does he go? I never make it past...
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    The OP's initial parameters included an airbag....

    The OP's initial parameters included an airbag. It's pretty clear it doesn't fit in the fast and light or multi-day adventure picture and I don't think anyone's arguing that... For half-day outings...
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    Wasn't there a live recovery in the past 2 years...

    Wasn't there a live recovery in the past 2 years in the Wasatch by a party that happened to be in the same drainage? Mark White / Cardiac??
    I used to think digging out someone you're not touring...
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    No you're the puppet. Whoa, what novel...

    No you're the puppet.



    Whoa, what novel thinking that hasn't been debunked before. Clearly you're of a superior intellect and are making very valid arguments using solid data. Your ability to...
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    Because there's never been a reported avi death...

    Because there's never been a reported avi death before the airbag era? Do you even think before posting?
    Sounds like one thing you must carry in the bc is a solid shovel, you obviously have...
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    Thou shalt not disagree with the Dawson Dogma is...

    Thou shalt not disagree with the Dawson Dogma is one of the rules on Wildsnow. That extends to his guest bloggers. The comments will be of the ball-gargling variety along with a few suggestions for...
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    Been doing that on occasion, it works really...

    Been doing that on occasion, it works really well. I still use the hose and when it's cold treat the mouth piece as a cork. It freezes immediately but the water in the hose is fine. Beats having to...
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    The kind of objective Teague gets after...

    The kind of objective Teague gets after definitely justifies paying attention to what goes in his pack. For most of us I'd say it's less relevant...
    I don't go further when I'm trimming my pack...
  13. Thread: OCD

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    Same here. What kind of animal takes eggs out of...

    Same here. What kind of animal takes eggs out of the carton at random??
  14. These guys always materialize out of thin air...

    These guys always materialize out of thin air once the skinner is in...

    Interesting weekend for snow conditions, it was lively to say the least.
    mall walker-level early start led to acceptable...
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  16. I think support has been discontinued for a...

    I think support has been discontinued for a while, they were planning on letting it run for a couple years after they rolled out Google Fi and that was 5+ years ago...
  17. Oooof, ugly story and sobering facts. I'll look...

    Oooof, ugly story and sobering facts. I'll look at that sign differently now, I always assumed it was to deter motivated hikers from getting exposed to the Dolphin.
    The gully below the trail is...
  18. Thread: Kitty Stoke

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    ^^^ Weight of the world on my shoulder, just...

    ^^^ Weight of the world on my shoulder, just can't go on....


    Old man Artie was really scrawny until we started putting him in a separate room so he could eat in peace. He doubled his weight in 6...
  19. There's a classic "DON'T PROCEED ANY FURTHER UR...

    There's a classic "DON'T PROCEED ANY FURTHER UR GUNNA DIE OMG AVALANCHES DOOM AND DEATH" sign where the Sawmill trail switchbacks and heads into Big Willow canyon, right at the end of the long...
  20. Thread: Trucks.

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    I drive our Taco as little as possible around...

    I drive our Taco as little as possible around town and can't understand how Ms Boissal uses it as a daily driver. It's a double cab long bed, always has a bike rack on, and she has to maneuver it...
  21. Nice work on the Dolphin! Definitely hard to...

    Nice work on the Dolphin! Definitely hard to ignore when you stare at it from home or look at it every time you drive to the canyons. And that feeling of diving into the valley is hard to beat. Can't...
  22. Thread: The FIFTY

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    About 20 years ago I was in France watching a...

    About 20 years ago I was in France watching a rando race, the Miage-Contamines-Somfy for anyone who may remember such obscurities. The terrain was rowdy as hell with the last run down a steep face...
  23. Same here with a buddy in town from Portland. I...

    Same here with a buddy in town from Portland. I spent the day telling him the conditions were atypical for the Wasatch and basically apologizing for not having a foot of blower on the ground, he...
  24. Thread: The FIFTY

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    Cheaper and lower consequence than a shattered...

    Cheaper and lower consequence than a shattered tib-fib but still not something I like to do if I can avoid it.
  25. Thread: The FIFTY

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    HA! I almost rear ended a cow last year hauling...

    HA! I almost rear ended a cow last year hauling ass down the Millcreek road. She was standing around a bend, I saw her at the last second and snuck by at most a foot away. I should have petted her as...
  26. Having seen MW ski little skis in bad conditions...

    Having seen MW ski little skis in bad conditions (hint: the Y last year) I'd have to agree. There's a difference between skiing a setup as it's meant to be skied even if it requires toning things...
  27. To me it all boils down to one big decision: what...

    To me it all boils down to one big decision: what kind of skiing do you want to to in the BC? You have to balance out your desire to ski a certain way with the reality of getting the required setup...
  28. Thread: The FIFTY

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    The Timp exit has the good taste of being mostly...

    The Timp exit has the good taste of being mostly N facing and goes to doubletrack pretty quick. We have a couple other exits in the range that are downright terrifying, as in 2500' of steep W-facing...
  29. Thread: Kitty Stoke

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    Surprisingly Artie is immune to Ugly's attempts...

    Surprisingly Artie is immune to Ugly's attempts at dominating him. He's so senile that he doesn't recognize personal kitty space any longer and will walk right up to a hissing and growling Ugly, get...
  30. Thread: Kitty Stoke

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    Ugly and Artie the senile lion in their morning...

    Ugly and Artie the senile lion in their morning routine of sunbathing and monitoring the street:

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  31. You should consider changing your starting...

    You should consider changing your starting elevation from 5500' to 7800' like us civilized people. I know you're allergic to upper LCC but right now it has its advantages :D
  32. Didn't break through once on Saturday or Sunday,...

    Didn't break through once on Saturday or Sunday, even when jump-turning and trying hard to punch through to stop. Took some effort to get the tip of a pole to go through while skinning. The only...
  33. Lowest third on Scotties was a bit rough...

    Lowest third on Scotties was a bit rough yesterday with less cream cheese than higher up. At least the brush is down at the bottom.
    The crust is everywhere, up to at least 10,900' on NW aspects,...
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    A short one with Heitz, Victor de le Rue, and a...

    A short one with Heitz, Victor de le Rue, and a couple of other demi-gods of snow sliding. Very much in line with La Liste. I was GRIPPED watching the Pain de Sucre portion.

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  35. Pics are from yesterday. The snow was good,...

    Pics are from yesterday. The snow was good, unbreakable stout crust with 2-3" of cream on top and the occasional spot of exposed glaze from wind scouring. It was absolutely perfect for hauling ass...
  36. Frosty morning in the pen: 315060 Wind...

    Frosty morning in the pen:

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    Wind carnage with sticks and bark everywhere and the occasional decapitated pine:

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    Wonder which way the wind was blowing:
  37. BCC closed from 10AM to 1PM Sat, LCC closed from...

    BCC closed from 10AM to 1PM Sat, LCC closed from 1PM on today, chaos all around. We could see the cars parked below entry 1 at the Bird from the top of Scotties, they were within a few 100' of the...
  38. Thread: Kitty Stoke

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    Regal-looking best, I love black kittehs with a...

    Regal-looking best, I love black kittehs with a white chest patch. The one eye gives her character and probably doesn't slow her down one bit. Good on you for adopting a cat that would have probably...
  39. Having put some pretty inventive skinners to the...

    Having put some pretty inventive skinners to the base of the Y because of darkness and a false sense of familiarity I can relate to your pain. Nothing worse than wasting time in the brush at o'dark...
  40. 75 minutes to cross a filled-in creek and...

    75 minutes to cross a filled-in creek and bushwack a quarter mile has got to be some kind of record. The joys of wandering around in the dark following tracks laid out by people who are as anxious...
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    Speed Superlite 150 with the beefy spring for...

    Speed Superlite 150 with the beefy spring for higher vertical release is definitely appealing. The stock spring at 8 is a bit on the light side of things. My Ozaos have the same vertical RV and while...
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    Majestic as fuck. All that water...

    Majestic as fuck. All that water...
  43. Thread: Kitty Stoke

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    Same at the house, 2 of our 4 assholes can only...

    Same at the house, 2 of our 4 assholes can only groom themselves on the bed in the dark. It's not like they have busy schedules and can't get to it during the day.
    Simon will sit at the door and...
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    Any idea which version these are? I think I spy...

    Any idea which version these are? I think I spy the metal plate above the gray plastic in the heel which suggests they're the beefed up post-recall version (3.0?) but it's hard to tell. Purchased...
  45. Thread: Kitty Stoke

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    You called it, he slowly crept over to Artie and...

    You called it, he slowly crept over to Artie and got him off "his" couch with a brutal swipe. Had to toss him outside in the snow so he'd cool off a bit. He's been a real asswipe lately, probably...
  46. Thread: Kitty Stoke

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    Rabbit schmabbit. Two enemies pausing the...

    Rabbit schmabbit.
    Two enemies pausing the hostilities for a bit of morning sunbathing:

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    Early morning freezing booter stoke: 313852 ...

    Early morning freezing booter stoke:

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    Followed by mid-day perfect temps skinner stoke:

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    Concluded by sketchy SE facing traverse over cliffs when it's too warm skinner...
  48. Great sunrise shots!! The light show has been...

    Great sunrise shots!! The light show has been amazing these past few days. The NW triangle face of Lone Peak was catching the sunset out of a sea of clouds last night when I left work, almost drove...
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    Scary high consequences places are a dime a dozen...

    Scary high consequences places are a dime a dozen around here, especially now that people are willing to tickle big dragons who have barely settled for their naps... If you put a gun to my head I'd...
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    Sold to Ryan, thanks!

    Sold to Ryan, thanks!
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