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    TR - East Face of Mt Matier

    Andy Traz and I skied a fun line on Mt Matier today. Seemed like it should be 1000 m of goodness, so I wanted to take a look at it.

    Up the right side of that glacier then run to the blue sky.


    Skinning.


    Glacier galloping.


    How about we ski between the seracs and the rocks where the shadow meets the light? Yes.


    Just a lot of goodness.


    Whip it!


    On the summit ridge, looking toward Joffre.


    Summit shot.


    Surprise! The light went flat before we skied.


    But there was good winbuffed powder the whole way.


    Indeed, 1000 m of goodness. Thank you and good night.

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    sick... was looking at that line last week

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    why not continue over to the twin one couloir? pm me if you want the pictures of the line thru the seracs. You had better light then us - nice way to use a down day

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    You belong in the badass hall of fame.

    Aesthetic radness.


    //How's progress on the thesis?

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    My thesis affliction ended more than a year ago Ben, thanks for asking. I'm feeling much better now.

    And what did you ski today, Lee?

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    i climbed mt norway contract. but i will get my powder addiction taken care of stat

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    spectacular!

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    FANTASTIC.....thanks
    always forward but never straight

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    Mucho asthetic line as per usual.

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    that's the stuff
    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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    That's a down day? Looks fantastic!

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    Cool line and great pictures!

    I was going to comment on the nice weather until I read:
    Quote Originally Posted by Lani View Post
    Surprise! The light went flat before we skied.

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    Like the Lani stoke, keep it coming.

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    nice work. been thinking about that line. roped up, eh? is that 8mm? just curious what you hauled up there. no axe though?
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    Wow. Really nice. Thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by khyber.pass View Post
    no axe though?
    Axe:

    Last edited by Fritz; 01-28-2010 at 11:55 AM.

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    That was a 20 m piece of 7 mm cord. Used crampons and an ax up the rocky part of the ridge toward the summit. Wanted to ski the beautiful, steep face directly above the glacier, but we found enough signs of instability while playing next to the rocks to keep us on the ridge. The ridge skied beautifully though; we had really fun turns in packed powder with exposure on both sides.

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    sweet. i just saw that my passport is expired. how am i going to get to canada?!!
    god created man. winchester and baseball bats made them equal - evel kenievel

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    You can still enter Canada with a birth cert. and ID, Z. No sweat.

    I just skied the North Face/Stonecrop Glacier on Slalok a couple weeks ago, goldie. It's definitely another choice line.

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    Insane line man!!! Mega-congrats! Kinda line my line in Independence Bowl....really tore that one up with some super gs turns...
    ok, it's called skiing not blogging...
    WOOHOOO!!

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    Lani, which route did you take? Couldn't quite tell. Red or blue .. ;p

    Not familiar with the East face, as the NW face is a bit more prominent & the N ridge from the Joffre-Matier col is the usual ascent...

    Thx for pointing out the axe Fritz. I need my eyes checked.

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    Twin one couloir is what I was looking at.Then I was looking at the left side route up Matier.But Sky was looking at the Serac,icefall,massive cornice to the left glacier route.
    This must be from climbing all those Ranier routes.Ranier style up and down the glacier.I guess I spent too much time in the Spearhead area where everyone likes to traverse everywhere away from the skiing.But I skied a new line and the skiing off the top of Matier was phenomanal and the powder was sick down the glacier.I felt like I was skiing through an amusement park.Just make sure you have a rope and harness in case you fall into one of those slots.

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    East Face of Suck My Balls!


    Beautiful line there..splendid.

    The floggings will continue until morale improves.

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