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    Photo TR - Salt Lake Twins North Face Couloir

    I'm pretty spent, as are Trackhead, Gramps and Triungulate (from TTips). Today was an EPIC in all sense of the word. 4am start time, 3pm finish time. Skinned Bonkers and then booted the north ridge of the Twins. We skied the North Face Couloir on the Twins. Trackhead nailed the money line off of the West Twin. The vid should tell it all. For now, I'll share some photos and when I'm not so hammered I'll write a proper TR. Did I mention I was so hungry I ate an entire large pizza afterwards? - gotta love the little ceasars $5 large pizza, and I was still hungry.

    Another beautiful sunrise


    Gramps getting some exposure


    This should look familiar from our last trip there


    It was very windy, and quite cold on the ridges. Oh how I love getting sand-blasted.


    Cornices of unusual sizes were spotted


    Gramps in the couloir - it was 2500' vert of pretty good wind buff pow, which then yeilded to henious breakable crust and then some henious slog and then we just walked in the stream - gotta wait for the vid to see the extream stuff


    Triungulate in the coulior - looking smoove on tele


    The damage report -


    Gramps headed for the Valley - little did we know the adventure that awaited below. This little corner of the Wasatch is likely the least visited area I know about. Deaf Smith Canyon - I had never heard of it until today - I'm not so sure I want to know it more intimately than I now do.
    Last edited by powstash; 04-12-2005 at 07:19 PM.
    "In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life, — no disgrace, no calamity, (leaving me my eyes,) which nature cannot repair." -Emerson

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    Video work is being done now. Likely won't be up till tomorrow. And my fatigue will probably show in my editing.

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    another good TR.. theyre all over the forum these days.. good work!
    Mom! The meatloaf! FUCK!.

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    Line follows obvious couloir.

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    Seriously, I think I'm going to implode with STOKE!!!

    Nicely done, Gentlemen...way to rinse it.

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    congrats guys
    glad you're home safe

    gotta love the Deaf Smith exit, heh??
    "... she'll never need a doctor; 'cause I check her out all day"

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    Come and get it while it's hot

    What a day. I love the absoloutely trippy contrast between the alpine terrain and the SLC valley below. Here is my little photo tribute to that. I've got quite a few other worthy pictures I'll try to get up later. But the ones with the valley in them always stand out for me.

    Launce above Bonkers, right around dawn.


    That same shot from further along. The mountains cast long shadows over the valley for a few minutes after dawn....


    Derek on the summit of one of the Twins.


    Bizarre shot with the valley below, Derek skiing.


    And the absolute money shot of the day if not the season, for me. Derek again.


    The exit was something else, but it was all very worth it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by powstash
    This should look familiar from our last trip there
    Except that cornice looks a bit (lot) bigger and a bit (lot) sketchier.

    Quote Originally Posted by gramps
    And the absolute money shot of the day if not the season, for me. Derek again.


    The exit was something else, but it was all very worth it...
    getting dizzy on this one... way cool angle.

    awesome TR guys, stoke level much boosted

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    Awesome TR guys!

    Powstash the lighting in your first 4 pics is amazing…so vivid.
    Looks like a epic day and it’s cool to see that Tri-U was along.

    Man I wish I could come out to tour with y’all.

    Gramps this pic is incredible too! Talk about pucker factor.


    thanks for the stokage.
    so many mountains...so little time

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    HOLY....SHIT....Amazing pics! Nice work guys!
    "You look like you just got schnitzled..."

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    Guys, that's great stuff, can't wait to see the video!

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    two thumbs up Fo' Sho'

    hurry up with that vid!

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    Love those off angle shots of the city. Feels like being in a helicopter spinning out of control...I suppose. Great stuff
    ...And the greatest ice must crumble when it's flower's time to grow.

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    SICK SICK SICK SICK The city in the background = money
    Its not that I suck at spelling, its that I just don't care

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    OMFG!

    solid
    Points on their own sitting way up high

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    YEEEEAAAAHHH

    dear Utah slayers,

    thanks for killing it in the name of TGR and sharing your victories here with us mere peons.

    sincerely,
    the droolers
    More fucked up than a cricket in a hubcap

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    Quote Originally Posted by powstash
    gotta wait for the vid to see the extream stuff
    don't you mean Xstream??
    "... she'll never need a doctor; 'cause I check her out all day"

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    Team Eider coming at ya live!! I think I can hear Str8's cash register going "cha-ching" right now



    "... she'll never need a doctor; 'cause I check her out all day"

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    Damn, this is good. I can't stop whining and crying about all the lost trip reports on ttips, but the stuff going up on TGR is just awesome. Knowledgebase about the backcountry.

    Anybody that's worried about their "secret stashes" getting douched is not getting it at all. There are so many mountains, so many beautiful lines to ski. Powstash, Trackhead, et al, you guys keep it up! Dave and I skied with Marmot yesterday and it did not suck. It would be cool if you guys headed over this way sometime too.
    Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.
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    The sickter mcrickter once again. That is sweet stuff. Glad you're all safe and stoked.
    The Griz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xover
    That does it. NEXT time I'm up there I'm skiing that line right next to those rocks and gramps/powho/midget(if you get in shape) or someone is gonna get it on film for me to show my kids that yes, indeed, dad did schralp the gnar back in the day.

    Sweet shots Gramps.

    Yes, Xover, XStream exit of deaf smith - may I never venture in there again.
    "In the woods, we return to reason and faith. There I feel that nothing can befall me in life, — no disgrace, no calamity, (leaving me my eyes,) which nature cannot repair." -Emerson

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    Quote Originally Posted by powstash
    That does it. NEXT time
    hahahahahah. Just to let you all know, as Powstash took his final steps to the summit he said in a hypoglycemic voice something to the effect of "I'm done with Twin, I'm never doing it again"

    He forgot the pain quick, cause he was talking about "next time" 3 minutes later.

    You can't say no, can you.

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    Those shots belong in magazines! Nice work guys.
    Living the good life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mountain Freak
    Those shots belong in magazines! Nice work guys.
    gotta get a good photog up there first
    I only know of 1, maybe 2 or 3 'round here even close to being in that kinda shape; plus you gotta have the desire for the pain they went through just "for the shot" really - that's why you don't see sicko shots from up there in mags yet

    note I said yet; poho don't know what's coming down the track after him
    "... she'll never need a doctor; 'cause I check her out all day"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trackhead
    You can't say no, can you.
    he's a fuggin' addict; remember??

    "Hi, my name is Powstash and I have a problem"
    "... she'll never need a doctor; 'cause I check her out all day"

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