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  1. I've been using Zealios...

    I've been using Zealios for the last few years with success. It was supposedly developed specifically for sweaty, athletic endeavors. I also use a buff or hood a lot more.

    FWIW, I've read that...
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    Congrats! The Outback Wilderness looks great. I...

    Congrats! The Outback Wilderness looks great. I think there's a big market gap between (a) daily-driver CUVs/SUVs (suburban mall-crawlers) and (b) full-on offroad capable ones...
  3. Sadly, the Subaru is not long for this world. I...

    Sadly, the Subaru is not long for this world. I like your thinking.



    Haha. No curbs where I live, but big rims and low-profile tires in a city requiring constant parallel parking like San...
  4. They also love all the food scraps my kids...

    They also love all the food scraps my kids littered our backseat with when the kids were younger. One could have fed a refuge family with all the organic matter found between the seat cushions alone.
  5. Assuming the wife is on board, I'm thinking a...

    Assuming the wife is on board, I'm thinking a Passport, but swapping out the stupid stock 20" wheels and low-profile tires with some 18" wheels (e.g., Ridgeline OEMs) and higher profile tires. From...
  6. You're really tempting me to be a bad husband. :D...

    You're really tempting me to be a bad husband. :D I agree with everything you've said and I've been tempted by everything you've suggested, but the missus is driving a 2008 Forester with 250k+ miles....
  7. To be honest, I'd be stoked to have either. But...

    To be honest, I'd be stoked to have either. But it'll ultimately be the wife's car (with frequently borrowing by me) and those two are too big and too expensive. The missus doesn't want a 4Runner...
  8. There's a lot of softroading stuff that you can...

    There's a lot of softroading stuff that you can get away with in a lower-clearance AWD, but to bodywhomper's point, it can be super sketchy. I feel like I've pushed my CR-V and wife's Forester to...
  9. From my limited experience, both the Passport and...

    From my limited experience, both the Passport and Highlander are comfortable to drive. Neither is going to drive like a sports car, but they are perfectly cromulent on the road. My issue with the...
  10. That's the base FWD Sienna. The AWD Sienna is...

    That's the base FWD Sienna. The AWD Sienna is much more expensive, at least within a 200 mile radius of Tahoe.

    This isn't an indictment against you, but a rant about crappy automotive reporting,...
  11. Minivans can be great, particularly if you find...

    Minivans can be great, particularly if you find yourself hauling 4+ people around often. And many people who have SUVs or CUVs would probably be better off with a minivan. If I had 3 kids instead of...
  12. 406: I think we tried the XLE model because it...

    406: I think we tried the XLE model because it was the only one available. Like I said, we wanted to like it and the 35 mpg is amazing. But neither my wife nor I particularly cared for it. To be...
  13. Thanks for the advice, all. So, I guess we're...

    Thanks for the advice, all.

    So, I guess we're really humping the hell out of minivans. :D I mean, I like them, have used them, and totally get their utility. But like literally every other...
  14. The idea of leasing a GC (I've never leased a car...

    The idea of leasing a GC (I've never leased a car before) has occurred to me. The Trailhawk looks sweet, but it's sadly out of my price range.
  15. As far as I can make out, while the two are...

    As far as I can make out, while the two are closely related, the Pilot's only real advantage over the Passport is the third-row seating, which we don't really need. But it' ground clearance is almost...
  16. Thanks, bud. I am curious about the Ascent. Did...

    Thanks, bud. I am curious about the Ascent. Did you try the Passport? Was the 3rd row the deciding factor?

    My daily driver is a 2017 CR-V, which is utilitarian but pretty ideal for my daily...
  17. BUMP What did you go with, Toast? We're in...

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    What did you go with, Toast?

    We're in a somewhat similar situation. Husband, wife, two kids (11 and 14), and a (future) medium-sized boxer dog. We'd like to replace my wife's Forester with...
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    I do a 3p Marmot Tungsten UL and BD 2p Lighthouse...

    I do a 3p Marmot Tungsten UL and BD 2p Lighthouse for my family of four + dog. A single 4p+ tent might be fine, but having two tents generally offers more practical options.

    I wouldn't get the BD...
  19. Does anybody have any opinions on the Toyota...

    Does anybody have any opinions on the Toyota dealership in South Lake Tahoe? (Hopefully they're better than the dealerships generally in Reno.)
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    This will likely be an unpopular opinion in a...

    This will likely be an unpopular opinion in a forum of grumpy dotards, but, from what I've seen, kids are better. My kids and their friends are so much better than I and my friends were at their age....
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    Excellent TRs, whatsupdoc and jorion!

    Excellent TRs, whatsupdoc and jorion!
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    Well, my big-mountain PNW ski trip next week has...

    Well, my big-mountain PNW ski trip next week has been cancelled due to a partner breaking his foot and a crappy extended forecast. (Jackson also looks unreliable and the Sierra lack sufficient...
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    You can't really see the crux until you're behind...

    You can't really see the crux until you're behind Treasure Peak. Anyhow, having made a couple unsuccessful trips to ski it before succeeding in 2017, I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that it doesn't go...
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    Good to know! Right now, we're still very much in...

    Good to know! Right now, we're still very much in the planning stage, and the Little Death Hallow/Wolverine Loop looks very enticing.

    Jorion: Did you overnight it and, if so, what was your...
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    Thanks, dude. Some kind of 3-day trip around (not...

    Thanks, dude. Some kind of 3-day trip around (not little) Death Hallow and Escalante River looks cool and a bit adventurous. Hurricane Wash/Red Well to Coyote Gutch also looks good.
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    I'm starting to plan another family trip to...

    I'm starting to plan another family trip to southern Utah this fall. I'm thinking of focusing more on the general Escalante, Torrey, North Wash areas (maybe a little Zion). Any recommendations for:...
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    Coverage generally: Things are melting so fast...

    Coverage generally: Things are melting so fast that it seems like beta is only good if it's within a few days. Except on northern, protected aspects, I wouldn't expect consistent coverage below 9k'...
  28. Some sun in the Rose area. The skiing was . . ....

    Some sun in the Rose area. The skiing was . . . mostly fun. 4-8" of light snow on top of a firm and crunchy crust, meaning most turns were on edge. It was unsurprisingly better in the treed north...
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    Last Friday and Saturday with the kid. I’ll let...

    Last Friday and Saturday with the kid. I’ll let the photos tell the story.

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    Well done, mr. hankey, Powdork, and Boulderbreak!...

    Well done, mr. hankey, Powdork, and Boulderbreak!

    Powdork, looks like the party submitted a wet slide observation to ESAC.

    Heading down there tomorrow night with a young one. Looks there'll be...
  32. Yep. Northstar can certainly be a fun place to...

    Yep. Northstar can certainly be a fun place to ski. My complaint is that it seems like the worst resort in Tahoe for convenient skiing--popping in for just an hour or two of quick laps. With parking,...
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    The second to last photo is the best one I have...

    The second to last photo is the best one I have looking north or northwest from Sill. But there was a rock buttress in the saddle between the two couloirs that blocked much of the view to the north. ...
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    Only one of the three descriptors in this...

    Only one of the three descriptors in this sentence is accurate. :D
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    Big Pine Report: Skiable, kind of. I...

    Big Pine Report: Skiable, kind of.

    I efficiently dry hiked the first 4.5 miles up the North Fork until somewhere between Second and Third Lake.
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    Dude! Amazing photos! I've been wanting to ski...

    Dude! Amazing photos! I've been wanting to ski the End and these photos do nothing to dissuade me.

    Great TR winston. As I recall, it was pretty damn chilly around the time you were overnighting at...
  37. Thanks, 213! It's long been a source of...

    Thanks, 213! It's long been a source of frustration that people on this forum fail to answer my navel-gazing questions by providing peer-reviewed research articles that they've personally authored....
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    Yesterday, I skied Bloody with whatsupdoc and a...

    Yesterday, I skied Bloody with whatsupdoc and a tele friend. We took advantage of what was left of mr. hankey’s bootpack. (Thanks!)
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  39. I bet he's in Glenbrook or that general area. But...

    I bet he's in Glenbrook or that general area. But I'll keep an eye out for Shannon Tweed at the Incline Raley's.;)
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    Great stuff, mr. hankey! Nice score of powder on...

    Great stuff, mr. hankey! Nice score of powder on Bloody!

    weatherman- Esha looks tasty.

    endosandes—Good to know that June Pie Pizza is your joint. I’ve patronized it a couple times and look...
  41. Nice. I keep hoping this baby (the ultimate...

    Nice. I keep hoping this baby (the ultimate quiver addition) goes on sale on SAC:...
  42. Nice, Mokomahonah. That was whatsupdoc and I you...

    Nice, Mokomahonah. That was whatsupdoc and I you met on top of Halls and then Tallac. And we learned that the summer trail is probably the preferred route--Lily to Gilmore was a slog. We did R as...
  43. Has 2021 been exceptionally windy? I don't have...

    Has 2021 been exceptionally windy? I don't have any empirical data, but it seems like every time I go out or every time we get snow, it's followed by strong northern and eastern winds. I don't...
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    Great stuff, jorion and whatsupdoc!

    Great stuff, jorion and whatsupdoc!
  45. FYI: The Village Ski Loft in Incline is...

    FYI:

    The Village Ski Loft in Incline is selling ski gear for 30% off, which is better than any online retailer. I just picked up some Alpinist 12s.

    Tahoe Sports Ltd in SLT is also selling Zero...
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    I've been skiing the Maestrale RSs since their...

    I've been skiing the Maestrale RSs since their inception in 2013 in both iterations and they fit me perfectly out of the box. Last month, I picked up some replacement liners for the Maestrales into...
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    From the Aspendell gate, I measured it as 22...

    From the Aspendell gate, I measured it as 22 miles on Caltopo, but it came to 24 miles via my GPS watch, which may or may not be accurate. I think it's probably 20 from the North Lake turnoff parking...
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    In retrospect, skiing Muriel would have been a...

    In retrospect, skiing Muriel would have been a bad idea. I had a mental time table, and presumably I would have been off that table and thus forsaken Alpine Col and skied back down Piute Pass....
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    enlosandes: If we're doing a new Eastern Sierra...

    enlosandes: If we're doing a new Eastern Sierra thread, can you provide links to the older Eastern Sierra/Eastside threads at the top, which I think date back to at least 2013? Sometimes it's nice to...
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    Suffering from Tahoe-based ennui and having...

    Suffering from Tahoe-based ennui and having cancelled my original plans (Great Basin NP) for lack of snow, I did a dorky tour in the Bishop Creek area on Sunday.

    I’m sad to report that the High...
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