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  1. #1451
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    I'm outta town slayin' sand and gravel in other parts of the province, A.P.

    I'm thinkin' the terrace area experienced a full thermonuclear, pineapple express driven monsoon meltdown. Hopefully temps cool and precip continues for some recovery snowfall.

    Pounded warm rain all day in Terrace yesterday. Warm temps to plus 4ish at 1400 meters 1/3 of the distance to Rupert, plus 7 today at base of shames.

    Buddy in rupert reported that hays creek that runs beside the civic center is overflowing its banks...I recall living in rupert and making note of the 24 hour precip value required for it to do so but can't recall...i think it was over 100mm in 24 hours...

    Looks like the Stewart/Bell 2 area fared much better yesterday with some warming today though.

    Winter storm reported in Bear Pass with accumulation of about 15cms. Turned to rain today. Don't know where snowline is presently, but yesterday produced a decent snowfall and there's now 35cms at treeline.

    Suspect line of demarcation between warm and cold yesterday to be somewhere at the southern fringe of Cambria Icefield. Guido's Ghettowerx Gut Feel intuition.

    Mez/Bear Pass yesterday

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    Cliff out sand/gravel line somewhere in the southern interior yesterday. Hero dirt.

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  2. #1452
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    Headed into the Seven Sisters a couple of weeks ago to see how much I sucked carrying an overnight pack and to check if I remembered how to sleep outside. OK also to spend time in one of my favorite places on the planet. Getting back to town meant getting my quad back from a 6 year lend to the ski hill, so that meant I could actually access without a multi-day approach. Anyway, sitting here with a stomach bug in La Ventana has awarded me the time to post er up.

    I hope that the rain I hear you're getting isn't screwing everything up, and that freezing levels haven't gotten too far up the alpine.

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    Coyote Creek trail was snow covered most of the way up. At least 2/3's of it, with the last 1/3 probably 20 - 40cms. Got my quad riding game up at least. Managed to get the quad to within about 0.5 of a km to the end of the road, so I was pretty happy when I packed up my shit and headed up.

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    This corner is one of my favorite spots, the massif shows itself for the first time on the trail.

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    Terrace is down at the edge of the valley cloud in the middle middle of the photo.

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    Mt Atna is visible way off upper right. You could see the Howsen Range from my camping spot as well.

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    It was a glorious sunset up there.

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    My one actual ski run (other than the ski out, which really wasn't much of a ski, more of a survival-fest back to the quad). The 300 vert or so was really shitty. 20mm breakable sun crust. Glad I wasn't there for the pow.

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    At least the avi debris was friendly.

    And with that, I headed back to town. Humbled by a big place and a full pack. Lovely night under spectacular stars with a few meteorites thrown in the mix.

    So I figured I started on the quad at 160m (500'), parked it at 1400m (4600') in 40cms of snow, possibly some gone by now...; and walked to 1900m (6233'). Where I set up camp. My pit was at about 1930m and I had 1.4m HS. There was a sun crust on the surface (1cm), at 40cms and 65cms.
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  3. #1453
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    Great photos and write up, Gary. Looks like an awesome trip!


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    Nice work Gary! Great to see some really nice fresh pics from the Sisses. And when u said u quadded up the coyote creek road...didja do the old valley bottom start or the new logging road then hook into the C.C. road up a coupla thousand feet? As for the stomach bug, hope you brought along adequate supplies of that Polish Porch Peeler vodka to kill the germs. Before hauling back a swig a decade ago, I recall reading the fine print on the label and it sed that along with killing brain cells it kills parameciums. Win/win.
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    Nice solo mission Gary! What a cool part of the world you live in, I really enjoyed the photos. Have a great season once it fully arrives!

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    Bell 2/Redflat Creek showing a 145cms snowpack depth just below treeline today.

    Damn fine start in that part of the neighborhood.

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    Great pics Gary. Thanks

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    Well she's pissing down rain in Terrace and below 0 at Kasiks High weather station (1435m), so hoping it's puking at the hill. Heard snow line was just a bit above top of chair yesterday. Hoping to ski Tuesday.

    Quote Originally Posted by shafty85 View Post
    Great photos and write up, Gary. Looks like an awesome trip!
    Thanks Shafty! See you at Cain eh

    Quote Originally Posted by swissiphic View Post
    Nice work Gary! Great to see some really nice fresh pics from the Sisses. And when u said u quadded up the coyote creek road...didja do the old valley bottom start or the new logging road then hook into the C.C. road up a coupla thousand feet?
    cheers mate! Game is on soon better make plans to come home soon eh, haha. Took the old route up and safely managed the rock slab section. bypassed the slab on the way down though.

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    Great pics Gary. Thanks
    Cheers AP! You guys getting some of this storm up there? I heard it was a bit bleak a few days ago, like Shames.

    Oh, and saw the latest TGR movie last night at the REM Lee. Fundraiser for the coop. Good show, damn those guys (and girls) are so on another plane... yikes.
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    From zero to hero.

    Quite the dump. Over 100cms of snow depth at treeline at Shames.

    Bell 2 lodge reporting 200cms of hs at treeline and heard there's around 300cms in parts of the alpine from stewart north.
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    Quote Originally Posted by swissiphic View Post

    Bell 2 lodge reporting 200cms of hs at treeline and heard there's around 300cms in parts of the alpine from stewart north.
    I love reading stuff like this, then looking at a map of North America. I know it's your backyard up there, but now that I've spent some time driving around BC and appreciate the scale of the place better, it reads about the same as "conditions are shaping up nicely on the Moon."
    Set my compass North, I got Winter in my blood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by glademaster View Post
    I love reading stuff like this, then looking at a map of North America. I know it's your backyard up there, but now that I've spent some time driving around BC and appreciate the scale of the place better, it reads about the same as "conditions are shaping up nicely on the Moon."
    Skiing conditions were quite acceptable today on the surface of the moon, glademaster.

    Dawn patrol @ Shames. It was actually kinda perfect. Mostly sunny sky, a slight hint of wind, cold temps. The storm snow had settled out a bit, was right side up, topped with about 15 cms of light and dry. The midpack supported turns for ultra fat skis, so, a full throttle, no holds barred, stump jumpin', log hoppin', pillow poppin', plunder and pillege fest while screaming like a lunatic was unleashed on one of the black diamonds.

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    Fuck yeah buddy!
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    We didn't get 100 cm here but the 30 that fell provided some very nice skiing. Not quite enough tp get the hill open, but fingers are crossed for the new Dec. 4th opening date.

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    skied over by the camle humps on monday and chapmans today, it was ok
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    Where are the camel humps?

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    the 2 humps over before the gulley by crater lakegulleys over on the extreme skiers right of the prairie, short shots low angle and apparently you don't wana go too low

    blue bird and cold, the 3 amigos got high, skied chapmans, hit the smithers and crashed a realesate agents party to hy grade the horsederves ... classic moves
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    Nice day at Shames today with Swissiphic and our buddy Jaimie. The Swiss one was deep in experimentation mode for his wim hof research. It was a good day for research.

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    Coming out of the valley after Prayer Flags. Good skiing but for my first 6 turns with one boot in walk mode. Sweet. All pro. Got thrown in the backseat with authority.

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    Swiss and I chose Hangover. We agreed that it wasn't a "gimmee" today.

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    Down in one piece. We only saw one other track down her so although we didn't get to open it for this year (and hats off to the opener), we're thinking 2nd and 3rd was OK. Heads up skiing back to the truck, but all in all pretty damn good for first Shames outing of the year, I've seen it way leaner. Nice to ski with the homies in the hood again (if I may be all 'Gansta" for a moment).
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    Quote Originally Posted by garyfromterrace View Post
    We only saw one other track down her so although we didn't get to open it for this year (and hats off to the opener), we're thinking 2nd and 3rd was OK. Nice to ski with the homies in the hood again (if I may be all 'Gansta" for a moment).
    2nd and 3rd means we still get a podium finish Gary.

    Awesome little outing. It was an honor to ski with the Mayor of Shames back on his tenured terrain.

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    Sand skiing nostaligia stoke! Fuck yeah!!!

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    Henderson on Saturday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swissiphic View Post
    Sand skiing nostaligia stoke! Fuck yeah!!!

    That's so cool! Thanks for posting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angle Parking View Post
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    Henderson on Saturday.

    Powder_to the people's ski was not found.

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    That's so cool, thanks for posting
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