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  1. #1
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    Chikamin: just another pretty-faced Golddigger

    It's merry maritime. Our snowpack is back after an apocalyptic cycle. This kind of weather is rough for my psyche and science, because I have no control over my desires. The body will suffer greatly whilst the spirit elevates.

    First: last weekend: two days to slay a new pet proj on the Raindawg. I called the climbing rangers to reserve the mountain for me and two buddies.

    Customer service

    Is the mountain to your liking, sir?

    Yes, but the heli is harming my wilderness experience. Please leave. And could you start the light show now? Thanks.

    Queueueueue the light show.


    There was some gnar up there somewhere:


    Starting at midnight, we got really high that night. What stopped us was our drinking problem. I keep trying to wean myself from water for strictly coffee and beer, but no success yet. We spent too much time melting water and the proj was getting too much sun upon our arrival. However, we did get to ski 9.5 k in a shot.


    Ryan cruises on the Tahoma Glacier.

    That was Saturday-Sunday. Monday, I connected with ZBO and powdherB to get bucked by the Whitehorse.



    We had came close enough to death by mid-morning, so we bailed to drink beer. Have a look at the avalanche debris below me in this picture - note the huge fawking trees in there.


    After a few days playing with radiation and shipping more stuff to Finland, the sun was really making my balls shrivel. Had to take a chance and get some yesterday. There's this beauty up Gold Creek not too far from Snoqualmie Pass.

    Chikamin


    For those of you who ski the backcountry and haven't wandered up Gold Creek, here's your motivation. It's an easy day trip for 2300 ft of perfect 40 degrees slopes. ZBO and Squirrel, I want to see a fucking TR.

    Alaska


    Now here's some epic Washington carnage. Slide path off Alta slid 3k over Gold Creek and now it looks like a glacier. Note the trees broken across the creek on the other side of the valley!


    On to Chikamin. Here's a shot of Pinegar just below the summit.


    Gorgeous views up there into some very secluded alpine terrain. Here I'm pointing at Thompson. I think it goes off the summit, but it would be WICKED.


    Here's Pinegar with Lemah behind him


    Pinegar took my camera so I could photoslut the cruxy summit stuff. Nothing too crazy, but a fall would likely take you all 3k down the South Face.


    Get in position

    Through the bottleneck

    LOVELY steep corn

    Yeah yeah yeah

    Here's where we give a big shout to Pinegar. The guy's skied less days in his life than I have this year, I think. But he was set on sideslipping the gnar. Scared the piss outta me and it sure wasn't pretty, but he did it. So we'll drop a SkiSickness logo in honor of him.



    Now for a few more pictures of orgasmic steep corn




    Goodbye
    Last edited by Lani; 02-22-2008 at 02:47 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lani View Post

    Now here's some epic Washington carnage. Slide path off Alta slid 3k over Gold Creek and now it looks like a glacier. Note the trees broken across the creek on the other side of the valley!

    Wow!
    When was this picture taken?

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    Yesterday, but I'm sure it happened the same day that the Phantom slid.

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    Great job, it's looks beautiful.



    Quote Originally Posted by Lani View Post
    Here's Pinegar with Lemah behind him

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Just curious but are those Blizzard titan 8.2's with comforts? I never thought I would see someone with an identical odd/pieced together touring setup as mine.
    Now watch me become what I can become.

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    Those are K2 Shuksans with TLT Classics on rental plates. I keep telling him he needs to remount without those rental plates; they'll be the death of him.

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    Glad that you could get up in there and ski that sucker in the sun unlike last year.

    Another view of chikamin:


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    Quote Originally Posted by Lani View Post
    Pinegar took my camera so I could photoslut the cruxy summit stuff. Nothing too crazy, but a fall would likely take you all 3k down the South Face.


    Get in position
    Kinda sorta steep??!!

    Either you banged out two of the fastest hop turns known to man, did a kick turn, or skied it switch to get from the first pic to the second pic!?
    Great TR!!!!!! [kind of a fuzzy material for a helmet tho ]
    Something about the wrinkle in your forehead tells me there's a fit about to get thrown
    And I never hear a single word you say when you tell me not to have my fun
    It's the same old shit that I ain't gonna take off anyone.
    and I never had a shortage of people tryin' to warn me about the dangers I pose to myself.

    Patterson Hood of the DBT's

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    Just a jump turn. Helmets are for cocks. OK I go work now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lani View Post
    Those are K2 Shuksans with TLT Classics on rental plates. I keep telling him he needs to remount without those rental plates; they'll be the death of him.
    Well I feel dumb, I thought the K2 logos were stickers.
    I'll just stick to "great trip, great tr".
    Now watch me become what I can become.

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    He shoots...he scores. Lani: always bringing it.
    "They don't think it be like it is, but it do."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lani View Post
    For those of you who ski the backcountry and haven't wandered up Gold Creek, here's your motivation. It's an easy day trip for 2300 ft of perfect 40 degrees slopes. ZBO and Squirrel, I want to see a fucking TR.

    Alaska


    Now here's some epic Washington carnage. Slide path off Alta slid 3k over Gold Creek and now it looks like a glacier. Note the trees broken across the creek on the other side of the valley!

    1. It is difficult to get ZBO to leave Stevens Pass
    2. Why can't it be fucking sunny this weekend? Damn snow flurries and blah weather make angry squirrel
    3. Yes, I want to ski Alaska Peak
    4. Gold Creek really does suck
    5. That slide debris is retarded! But it does make for an easy eyeball approach to Alaska

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    Nice One!

    Thx for posting.

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    Last night there was damn near enough light to ski it under the full moon. Nice to see the southern exposure corned up a bit compared to some of the frozen death mank on the N. aspects on Monday. Impressive slides visible on Alaska back there, really wanted to hit that this year, but without the doorknobs and firehydrants.

    (grumble grumble f'ing knee grumble.)
    Move upside and let the man go through...

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    Nice TR, inspiring.

    I have to figure out how to keep my wife from scheduling "important" things on the weekend or just quit my job so I can ski on weekdays...

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    Sweet TR.

    I can't believe I'm reading about corn skiing already.

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    Chickamin's not the only place that Pinegar's been lately -

    http://www.pbase.com/nolock/image/93119389
    http://www.pbase.com/nolock/image/93119391

    Praise be to Mr. Scurlock.

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    Just to show how powerful that slide off Alta was, here's a picture of the megaswath it cleared on the mountainside.


    Alaska would've been off-the-charts ripper yesterday. I found my satisfaction elsewhere, though.

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    Jesus, what elevation did the slide terminate?

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    Gold Creek elevation is ~2900 ft there. Top of Alta is >6200 ft. Ballpark 3k+.

    The nightmare of Whitehorse was saddled with epic boot-top pow yesterday. Oh how sweet it is.

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    You've gone and made me miss Wa....again. Thanks.

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    Nice pics....looks good

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    Damn, that looks like fun....

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    Ooooooh, yeah.
    I can't believe you are a rando racer because I look so much better in Lycra than you.

    People who don't think the Earth is flat haven't skied Vail.

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    Man, you have been getting after it Lani. Simply awesome.

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