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  1. #2551
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    Quote Originally Posted by ntblanks View Post
    i gather the idea behind the bell is to broadcast "I'm coming your way and have hilarious ways of showing it". but I've not read any literature on efficacy--just a single ad on Amazon.

    for solo I'll stick to the well-worn trails for now while I seek out a partner with short legs. thx.
    "No-they-don't-work: A more recent study by U.S. Geological Survey scientist, Tom Smith, suggests that bears in the wild ignore bear bells, treating them as they would a bird or some other background noise. Therefore, negating the entire purpose of carrying it all."

    https://www.greenbelly.co/pages/do-bear-bells-work

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoldMember View Post
    "No-they-don't-work: A more recent study by U.S. Geological Survey scientist, Tom Smith, suggests that bears in the wild ignore bear bells, treating them as they would a bird or some other background noise. Therefore, negating the entire purpose of carrying it all."

    https://www.greenbelly.co/pages/do-bear-bells-work
    thanks for saving me 10 mins research and 8 bucks. i owe you a beer, B.

  3. #2553
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    Bells are probably different on a bike than a pedestrian, but they're never to scare bears away. They work great for attracting dogs and alerting hikers, so obviously most useful on populated trails and when moving fast. I got a momma to stand up and look threatening just off a trail some years back and the bell was certainly the main thing making noise. Is that a pro or a con? IDK, we both went on our way. I like to think she listened as I receded into the distance and got back to her cubs in peace.

    The trails where I used to see an occasional bear seem to have been cleared by the dogs and hikers these days, so it's been repurposed. Hikers are more appreciative.

  4. #2554
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    holy shit
    embrace the gape
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    Quote Originally Posted by b0ardski View Post
    holy shit
    that bootleg fire in OR - 50k burned, 0% contained.

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    I just read 77,000
    tomorrow's gonna suck in boise, might turn some reds blue
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  7. #2557
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    Quote Originally Posted by b0ardski View Post
    .. boise ..
    business or pleasure?
    heads up for those Jill-Mormon hookers,
    they aint quite right ....

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  8. #2558
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    Hola, is anyone driving from Boise to Seattle-ish area soon? That could help transport skis
    Beer money or gear; tip

  9. #2559
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    you might try the Sun Valley or kayak threads
    (you already though of that, right?)
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    "we all do dumb shit when we're fucked up"
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  10. #2560
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    live across the valley from swizz in the foothills a few miles from the trestle creek fire, chunky ash and burnt pine needles covered everything yesterday, much needed rain last night, walked outside to thick smog and everything smells like a drowned firepit
    dreaming of some fresh blue skies
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  11. #2561
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    I hopped over to Butte for some CDT MTB to try to find clear skies. Still hazy but not nearly as bad as INW.

  12. #2562
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    2013/14 Inland PNW thread

    Anybody else make it up to Schweitzer for Fall Fest? SPOT bus from the red barn = free MTB shuttle . Good timesClick image for larger version. 

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  13. #2563
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    Technically, yes, Friday. Very nice dirt! If you thought you heard a distant, reflexive "fuck off!" when the band singer dude asked who wanted to move here, that could have been a real sound. Possibly.

  14. #2564
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    Apropos of nothing, but I still think the most untapped potential for a new ski area in WA exists up in the Selkirks near Metaline Falls, or at least that's where I want a ski area to be built the most. Compared to other spots in Eastern WA, they get more snow (furthest inland temperate rain forest in NA), the elevations are higher, and the terrain is more rugged.

    Unfortunately most high peaks (Sullivan Mtn, Crowell Ridge, Gypsey Peak, Salmo Mtn, Helmer Mtn, and Mankato Mtn), are all in the wilderness Salmo-Priest wilderness boundary, but Hall Mountain would be a great option. It has nice views of Sullivan Lake, a nicely sloped north-facing slope, a road leading up most of it, and the elevations are pretty conducive to skiing (flat-ish potential base areas at 3600ft, 4100 ft, and 4550 ft, with a summit elevation of 6,328ft).

    The top of 49* North is 5773 feet (base at 3923ft) and Mt Spokane's summit is 5886 feet (lowest lift base is at 3818ft), and both are in areas with less snowfall, but seem to be doing just fine at the moment.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Riblet Tramway View Post
    Hall Mountain would be a great option. It has nice views of Sullivan Lake, a nicely sloped north-facing slope, a road leading up most of it, and the elevations are pretty conducive to skiing (flat-ish potential base areas at 3600ft, 4100 ft, and 4550 ft, with a summit elevation of 6,328ft).
    Looks like fun terrain. It might be tough to support a ski area with a very small population pool in the area. The single-lift model a la Turner Mountain might be possible but that hill was established on a former clearcut that meant they didn't have to cut runs, just maintain them. Put the base area around 3500' where the road turns East for 3000 vert off the peak.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfcf13 View Post
    The world needs more Donnely and less Stainless.

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    all we need is 10,000,000$ and several years to get it approved. how far is the nearest airport and where do you stay?
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    It's definitely a pipedream, yeah. Ione's single runway airport would need to be expanded, or people could just fly into Spokane, and for hotels the towns of Ione, Metaline, and Metaline Falls would need more development.

    The Turner Mountain model would definitely be a good blueprint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by b0ardski View Post
    all we need is 10,000,000$ and several years to get it approved ....
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    an increase in the region's lift-served slopes might mimic a
    silverton/arctic valley model:
    minimal chairs,
    minimal grooming, if any
    avy mitigation

    there's no terrain here that can rival silverton,
    still, the concept is not out of the question, except
    the west side has the people and the bankroll,
    then there's that pesky climate change thing ....

    first snow in the valley last year 10/24
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    Feb 26/27 - INW mag ski together
    https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/...d.php?t=343400

    Cross posting for the homies that have this subbed


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  20. #2570
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    i camped on salmo a month back, some good fall lines up therr

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    what's the $ prediction on schwizz day passes this season?

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    a hundred dollar bill before your 30 dollar lunch
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    nice dust on top ....

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