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  1. Sorry, but this year business crap got in the way...

    Sorry, but this year business crap got in the way of AK. Damn it...
  2. The snow tended to be pretty firm, so think more...

    The snow tended to be pretty firm, so think more Chamonix than AK. The experience was off the charts though. Definite bucket list stuff.
  3. Thread: Silverton 2.0?

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    Wonder where they're going to get Petrick a set...

    Wonder where they're going to get Petrick a set of ratty oil stained ski clothes so people will recognize him as staff while he's directing traffic in the parking lot?
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    Also never been there done that, but I did check...

    Also never been there done that, but I did check into it some and the "steep skiing" option they offer actually sounds pretty good.

    -They run it primarily later in the season (think end of March,...
  5. That evening was the night of the ‘Black and...

    That evening was the night of the ‘Black and White Ball’. This brought out a variety of odd creatures.

    Soprano (back to camera), KingOfMyhr and StillNoProgress come as the “petting zoo”. Kent...
  6. We then took some time to go look for them. ...

    We then took some time to go look for them. Didn’t have any luck finding them ourselves, although we did spot a couple of crabeater seals hanging out on ice flows. (Wonder why the orcas were...
  7. TR continued

    Once we managed to get back to the ship we moved on to a new location again, getting some great views along the way.

    Finally clear of the ice pack....
  8. TR continued

    Antarctic Peninsula

    Overnight we travelled down into the shelter of the Neumayer Channel to Port Lockroy on Goudier Island where we got our first chance to on Zodiacs to get on shore and see some...
  9. TR: Antarctica – Quest for the perfect chunk of ice.

    Men wanted for hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger. Safe return doubtful, honor and recognition in advent of success.

    -Ernest...
  10. This is actually between the Tonsina and Tsina...

    This is actually between the Tonsina and Tsina glaciers. The approach/retreat line followed the Tsina.
  11. You can imagine how long it takes to cut and...

    You can imagine how long it takes to cut and paste all this to make it look realistic.
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    I'm a little late to the party here, but I spent...

    I'm a little late to the party here, but I spent a couple of weeks at the beginning of April in Valdez hiking up and sliding down stuff. The sequence of storms that came through while I was there...
  13. TR Continued

    Although the conditions on the peak looked pretty sketchy, we decided to keep going. The start of the climb to the peak involved a traverse across a thinly covered rock band to reach the snow field...
  14. Dancing with Jack of the Shadows on 7601, Valdez AK

    The first time I ever saw Peak 7601 was a number of years ago while flying by in a helicopter. My reaction was immediate and visceral: “What is that!”



    Peak 7601 viewed from the air....
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    Whenever I'm planning on going up steeper terrain...

    Whenever I'm planning on going up steeper terrain I'll bring a whippet along since there is almost no weight or hassle penalty and I use it for lots of things other than arresting (as has been...
  16. Well played!

    Well played!
  17. I'm pretty sure that you are safe with your...

    I'm pretty sure that you are safe with your claim. It looks like the snow on Pontoon was quite good. Do you know if anyone has skied Meteorite yet this season?
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    Ironically, on the deepest of the deep days (the...

    Ironically, on the deepest of the deep days (the Saturday you mention) I had forgotten to charge the battery in my camera and didn't get any footage of the deepest conditions.
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    Story 1. Was on a corniced ridge waiting while...

    Story 1.
    Was on a corniced ridge waiting while one person was assessing a slope below the group. Some of the guys in the group stayed a bit higher up the ridge and smoked a bit then came down the...
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    It is a good time to check it out. All the...

    It is a good time to check it out. All the terrain on the mountain is open and many lines are cleaner than usual.
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    Taos Stoke from Late Winter Storms

    As many here are aware, in late February and early March, a series of storms hit New Mexico. Inside of ten days, close to fifty inches of snow fell in Taos raising the base from the low forties up...
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    A number of years ago I ended up running stairs...

    A number of years ago I ended up running stairs one fall for logistical reasons. (I had a flight of stairs handy and other options weren't very convenient). That ski season, for the first time ever,...
  23. Actually got a week in with Silverton Mountain...

    Actually got a week in with Silverton Mountain Guides. StuntCok is supposed to put a TR together covering that week.
  24. I was actually climbing in my ski boots, so this...

    I was actually climbing in my ski boots, so this tactic wasn't available to me. I have used this method when doing long dry approaches and it has worked well then, particularly if you have an...
  25. For those that don't know the area that well,...

    For those that don't know the area that well, these maps should help identify the locations.





    Valdez area with zones marked....
  26. Dusty, I didn't really check the time on the hike...

    Dusty, I didn't really check the time on the hike from the bergschrund to the top of Dimond, but if I had to guess (based on the total length of the day) it was probably around four hours. I wasn't...
  27. The resemblance is (unfortunately) pretty...

    The resemblance is (unfortunately) pretty striking...
  28. TR cont.

    TR continued: A Longer Day

    Well rested (though a bit spooked) from my short day in Mineral Creek I decided to go after a bigger line than I’d done so far: The Gunbarrel Chutes on Mt. Dimond.

    ...
  29. TR cont.

    TR continued: The Good (sort of)

    The next two days I spent in the South Cirque of Mount Dimond. This zone, sheltered by the bulk of Mount Dimond is sometimes called the “Promised Land”, possibly...
  30. TR: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly; Earning Turns in a Weird Snow Year around Valdez

    Although perhaps better known for heli-skiing, the area around Valdez offers some of the best road access touring terrain in North America and I was jonesing for a fix. My planning for a visit this...
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    Have you guys (or anyone that you might know of)...

    Have you guys (or anyone that you might know of) been able to ski meteorite recently, or is the snowpack still too sketchy for a line like that?
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    Here are some tips: 61974352

    Here are some tips:


    61974352
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    OP, what skis are you using now?

    OP, what skis are you using now?
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    For someone who "is not a photog" that was a...

    For someone who "is not a photog" that was a great bunch of photos. Excellent TR as well!
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    Living in the Southern Rockies and skiing in the...

    Living in the Southern Rockies and skiing in the Sangre de Cristo's and San Juan's it seems like every year some weather events will produce at least one (usually several) persistent weak layers that...
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    For quite a few years now, I've messed around...

    For quite a few years now, I've messed around with the "one setup to do it all" problem, mostly because I didn't want to haul two pairs of boots along while travelling, and on almost all the trips...
  37. Without curling coverage you are going to lose...

    Without curling coverage you are going to lose your entire Canadian audience.
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    Nice! I haven't spent much time down there, but...

    Nice! I haven't spent much time down there, but it was obvious that there is a huge amount of spectacular terrain. It did seem that the forests below the alpine zones were pretty dense and hard to...
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    Fabulous TR, way to get after it. At those...

    Fabulous TR, way to get after it. At those temperatures I can see why some of the team weren't wild about getting out of the sleeping bag.
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    Cool line, huge hike, great pictures. What's not...

    Cool line, huge hike, great pictures. What's not to like?
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    Given that you are already skiing Sanouks, which...

    Given that you are already skiing Sanouks, which if I remember correctly are the touring version of the Gotama (same shape, but lighter core with softer flex) I'm surprised that you haven't brought...
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    Until you get some data on the dependent variable...

    Until you get some data on the dependent variable (snow quality) it will be tough to make much progress. One thing you might try to use as a surrogate for this is change in snow depth from day to...
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    I was lucky enough to have spent time in two...

    I was lucky enough to have spent time in two clubs that have pretty spectacular track records for developing young talent: The Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and Kanu Schwaben Augsberg....
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    The thing Serotta did that was unusual was to...

    The thing Serotta did that was unusual was to offer custom composite frames. Don't know what the situation is now, but at the time there were very few other manufacturers that did that. (Parlee is...
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    Don't know how I missed this when it first...

    Don't know how I missed this when it first appeared. Great write up!
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    Here's the point: Most native alaskans that I've...

    Here's the point: Most native alaskans that I've know are not big on restricting access to anywhere, at any time or by any means. By advocating restrictions you're attitude is directly in opposition...
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    Getting into the Wrangell's does not cost as much...

    Getting into the Wrangell's does not cost as much as heli skiing, unless you are comparing the cost of a drop off and pick-up by ski plane with the cost for a single day of heli-skiing. Even then the...
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    Wow, I suppose you were born and raised in AK...

    Wow, I suppose you were born and raised in AK yourself? Somehow I doubt it. Whenever I've heard these sort of sentiments, it is almost always from someone who moved there from somewhere else. ("I'm...
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    An excellent point that underlines the general...

    An excellent point that underlines the general neglect of proper explanations of the airborn rotation aspect of these techniques. The responsible authorities should take note.
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    No comment on Gaehner Geisttier?

    No comment on Gaehner Geisttier?
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