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    Near is all relative I suppose, as it's a long...

    Near is all relative I suppose, as it's a long day to get there. But yeah. It's near LL :)
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    Starting to feel the rhythm on day three, we went...

    Starting to feel the rhythm on day three, we went for a complex zone observed from ‘Japi Hour’ on the first day. Like many things that are not what they seem, we got a little lost in the maze of...
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    Cerro Mantequillas

    Turns out embedding worked! https://vimeo.com/290122490

    Winter camping has always been intimidating for me. The thought of keeping you and your gear warm and dry enough to function while in the...
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    Thanks all for the positive feedback! ...

    Thanks all for the positive feedback!




    Thought about that, but I didn't take the photo. But ya. Rishiri is crazy!
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    Winds were light but consistently from the west,...

    Winds were light but consistently from the west, so the big face we had initially eyed was scoured and heinous looking. Walking around the summit, we found an east facing line that was loaded but not...
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    Garbage Gaijin do Rishiri

    I'll front load this trip report with two things:

    First, I apologize for letting it sit on the computer for so long. I sent it to Powderguide back in March, then meant to post it here in April,...
  7. Thread: Kyrgyzstan

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    Probably colorado. Definitely somewhere...

    Probably colorado. Definitely somewhere continental. Snow is dry and cold there. It seems to transition from a winter snowpack to summer very quickly there, with warm days and a strong sun, but very...
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    I wish I could say we spent the next ten days...

    I wish I could say we spent the next ten days stretching food as far as it would go, skiing a bunch while acclimatizing, and finding an ideal line up the peak so we could have a smooth summit day. We...
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    At least until this point in the trip, I thought...

    At least until this point in the trip, I thought were exchanging so much effort for skiing because of our approach to the mountains. We had been trying to ski the remote and crazy lines that were...
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    Thomas had a flight to make so we had to return...

    Thomas had a flight to make so we had to return to Bishkek. With Petter’s flight in several days, we decided to try a light and fast stab at Korona again. Sometimes a nearly stupid level of...
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    With Djigit out, the others turned their...

    With Djigit out, the others turned their attention to Karakol Peak. It wasn’t as impressive a ski, though it was the most imposing peak in the valley. Lee and I saw little to it other than the...
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    Back in Bishkek we regrouped and agreed it was...

    Back in Bishkek we regrouped and agreed it was time to head for Karakol. Our main objective there was the imposing and unskiied face of the 5130m Djigit Peak. This time we were going to be more...
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    Kyrgyzstan

    This one's long. Grab a beverage now unless you intend to skim. Apologies for typos and grammar errors. I don't do well in front of computers.

    Crossposted from Powderguide. Check it out for direct...
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    FS: 185 Amperages, FT Radicals, Skins

    Complete setup in great condition. Only mount on the skis, forward 1.5cm for 300mm bsl. Skins are High Trail Evotech with 15 days on them.

    The black thing above the bindings is a mount for a ski...
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    http://snowbrains.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/D...

    http://snowbrains.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/DSC_0157-e1432005665168.jpg
    Hot butt mud. Photo Zach Paley.

    Not all wet dreams are good dreams.
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    http://snowbrains.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/D...

    http://snowbrains.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/DSC_9847-e1431598880741.jpg
    Early starts, such is life. Photo Zach Paley.

    Despite seeming close, Yarigatake requires the most walking of the big...
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    http://snowbrains.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/D...

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    Shirouma Central starts beneath the large cliff at the summit. It snakes down the center and out of view. Photo Zach...
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    It’s no secret that skiing the alpine around here...

    It’s no secret that skiing the alpine around here is something we fantasize about. It’s also no secret that it rains a lot here in the spring. Though the ‘wet dreams’ we don’t want can become a...
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    Continuing with the theme of objectives not...

    Continuing with the theme of objectives not immediately in view from the window, the Northeast Couloir of Shakushidake entices the ambitious when viewed from popular resorts to the north of the...
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    Rather than a dreamy peak observed from our...

    Rather than a dreamy peak observed from our window, Goryudake hides a bit farther back with a less straightforward approach. When observed from the correct angle, its diamond shaped rock formations...
  21. What's going on with the "liking" of photos?...

    What's going on with the "liking" of photos? Still working on it? Early April Fools' joke?
  22. Any interest in seeing both the Dream Factory and...

    Any interest in seeing both the Dream Factory and Further a week later?

    https://www.tetongravity.com/films/jeremy-jones-further/tour/event.aspx?tid=1110
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    I upgraded from a Nikon D3100 to a D7000 this...

    I upgraded from a Nikon D3100 to a D7000 this trip. It's a little heavier and larger, but has performed much better. I have two lenses, an 18-105mm, and a 70-300mm. On days where I was hiking a lot...
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    After a short Mendoza session complete with all...

    After a short Mendoza session complete with all the essentials (lomo completos, harrowing rides through the city, sunrises, and of course far too much to drink), we stumbled back to Las Lenas in time...
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    Yeah…it was a good first week. Icing on the cake...

    Yeah…it was a good first week. Icing on the cake was getting to ski Adrenalina. I had an 1800 meter day with less than a week of hiking and skiing to help the fitness. Still not sure how I dragged...
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    TR: Adventures in Argentina 2012 (NSFW?)

    I’ll preface this trip report with a big thanks to llyon. Japan and Alaska were awesome, and happened with you. South America happened because of you. No way would I have had as much great skiing and...
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    Yes we did! That was up there as one of the best...

    Yes we did! That was up there as one of the best feelings of the trip. It was a nice way to finalize everything, and say we did it and it worked.

    For those of you wondering what kind of company...
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    We both transferred money from savings to...

    We both transferred money from savings to checking accounts the day before we left, but it took a few days to clear so when we first bought the rv all of our money got put into that. After selling...
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    Unfortunately, after this bit of high pressure,...

    Unfortunately, after this bit of high pressure, Alaska decide we’d had enough. No more would she let us unbutton her blouse, grope her voluptuous curves, and partake in the carnal pleasures at the...
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    We enjoyed a few days of riding chairlifts, then...

    We enjoyed a few days of riding chairlifts, then the corn harvest commenced on the Kenai Peninsula. Long days in the fields were plentiful, and the corn turns left everyone smiling. I’m not sure if...
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    While in Hakuba, we had received interest from a...

    While in Hakuba, we had received interest from a few people to join us in Alaska. As it turned out, the trip to the promised land wasn’t as realistic to some of our friends as hoped. Miles was the...
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    The Annals of Searching: Alaska 2012

    Around mid February while having a pretty sweet winter in Hakuba, llyon and I agreed it was time to organize a spring trip. We’d always wanted to go on a Norway boat trip, but I had just gotten fired...
  33. Thanks I intend to! :biggrin: Glad everyone is...

    Thanks I intend to! :biggrin:

    Glad everyone is enjoying the stoke!
  34. Psh it's gonna blow up after 'Further' anyways. ...

    Psh it's gonna blow up after 'Further' anyways.




    Yeah you have to be very patient to ski the big stuff. This place is really cool and I'm definitely going back.
  35. Then this guy showed up and brought the snow with...

    Then this guy showed up and brought the snow with him. It piled up on everything and we got some more face shots.

    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7227/7184133225_2d1d63fc15_c.jpg
    Miles Clark
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  36. A winter in the land of the rising sun: Hakuba 2012

    My first trip report. Here we go.

    I finished school in the fall and, after taking time off to do a couple of winters around the lower 48, I knew I wanted more ski bum living. Since the winters I...
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    When snow like this falls, ...

    When snow like this falls,

    http://www.mediasrvr.com/himg/620/826/true/10/unofficialnetworks.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/IMG_1942-620x826.jpg

    You ski in the trees,
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    Looks a lot like an electrical cable runs with...

    Looks a lot like an electrical cable runs with the steel cable. Maybe the steel is there fore support? Maybe the Japanese built an unnecessary cable structure above ground because it was more work...
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    Hohes, this is a screenshot of a rough map of the...

    Hohes, this is a screenshot of a rough map of the route.

    108354
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    Nicely done guys.

    Nicely done guys.
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    High pressure today. It's nice to show up to an...

    High pressure today. It's nice to show up to an empty parking lot at 755 when the lifts open at 8 and it snowed 41cm the previous night. We were behind about 15 people in line, 12 of whom had carving...
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    http://www.mediasrvr.com/himg/620/415/true/10/unof...

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    Japanese Alps
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    Man up and drink a pint. ...

    Man up and drink a pint.

    http://www.tgrmedia.com/i.ashx?w=400&h=0&crop=false&i=http://media.kickstatic.com/kickapps/images/75233/photos/PHOTO_15460271_75233_7449287_ap_730X550.jpg
  44. Bump for a good deal from a good guy.

    Bump for a good deal from a good guy.
  45. Thread: Fall bike stoke

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    I has stoke ...

    I has stoke

    http://www.tgrmedia.com/i.ashx?w=800&h=0&crop=false&i=http://media.kickstatic.com/kickapps/images/75233/photos/PHOTO_15365428_75233_7449287_ap_730X550.jpg
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    I personally like RAW's and JPEG's. I am able to set my Nikon to take both formats. Ken Rockwell has a lot to say on photo format, getting things sharp etc. here:...
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    I'll be in Hakuba for the winter PM me if you...

    I'll be in Hakuba for the winter PM me if you will be in the area let's ski some pow.
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    Another vote for the "Una mas por favor"

    Another vote for the "Una mas por favor"
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    ^I'm planning on going to Hakuba next winter....

    ^I'm planning on going to Hakuba next winter. It's not economical for me to bring any of my brew stuff but if you are in the area I would be more than glad to brew and share recipes with you if you...
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    Found: Whippet Cover, Berthoud Pass

    I will be out of town for the next few days, but if you let me know where you think you lost it, I will gladly give it back when I return to Denver.
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