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    Center Patch, Forestdale Divide, August 14th.
    Penny and I both felt the need to get out on the snow and away from the August heat.
    I took many self-timer photos. First, I need to take some set-up shots. Here is one of Penny.
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    Penny and Vets on the first run of the day.
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    We would take seven more runs for a total of eight runs.
    More of Penny and Vets.
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    Fly guy, Vets, hop turning.
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    Penny is happy and cool.
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    You guys (and pup) win at life. Well done.

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    Skied my steepest BC patch yet (first year spending much time in the BC) yesterday off Rollins pass in CO . Entry was certainly a bit puckering. For the first 7-8ft.



    This lady had backpacked over a pass, camped, solo climbed the patch. She was smart and finished on the bench before heading downhill.


    Comin' down


    My knuckledragging friend


    Our impromptu and informal guide for the day we met on the hike up, James

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    Nice work doebedoe. very cool.

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    Bump'n this awesomeness

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    The Method Man Patch below Round Top on August 21st.

    Penny is happy to be back on the snow.
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    MJ is too.
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    Vets and Penny.
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    Penny.
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    A short video (1 minute, 37 seconds)
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    T.R.s - Patchskiing, Spring, Summer, and Autumn 2016

    Method Man patch was a fine destination this Thursday.

    Frank is loving it.
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    Birthday turns for the fifth time. A little rare in mid-summer.
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    Method Man patch.
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    Leavitt and Ski Lakes, August 27th.

    Leavitt Lake
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    Makisha enjoying a self-serve snowcone while Penny keeps cool.
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    Makisha enjoying the views.
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    While Mrs. Vets hiked higher up with our dogs Makisha and Penny for the views, I skied a few laps on what was left of the North America Patch(es) and took some self-timer photos.
    Starting my first run...
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    ...another self-timer photo...
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    I headed over to another part of the North America Patch(es) and had a great panoramic view.
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    While hiking near Ski Lake the previous week, Mrs. Vets noticed a semi-hidden patch. We hiked toward Ski Lake hoping that it would still be there.
    We found it!
    Penny watching Vets.
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    On the hike out we explored flowers near a run off creek.

    Bee and flowers.
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    Butterfly and flowers.
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    Flight of the bumblebee.
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    When we got back to the truck we met a spider.
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    T.R.s - Patchskiing, Spring, Summer, and Autumn 2016

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    Vets checks off another month on the October Patch.
    Completing 13 years of nonstop skiing.
    Edit: Almost. Only 155 months...
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    Nice Leavitt photos, Vets. The only time I ever skied Sept was the patch above Ski Lake. How's the road going into Leavitt Lake? We've got a 4x4 Sprinter coming in a couple of weeks and I thought Leavitt would be a good inaugural voyage. Some years there are a couple of sketchy sections on the way in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hopelesslyadolescent View Post
    Nice Leavitt photos, Vets. The only time I ever skied Sept was the patch above Ski Lake. How's the road going into Leavitt Lake? We've got a 4x4 Sprinter coming in a couple of weeks and I thought Leavitt would be a good inaugural voyage. Some years there are a couple of sketchy sections on the way in.
    Thanks.
    The road has gotten worse. There are now at least three sketchy sections to deal with. Leavitt Lake road is a good test for any vehicle. I saw plenty of Jeeps, Tacomama's, and Full-sized trucks up there, but no 4 x 4 Sprinters. (However, I did see some when I was in Iceland.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdrhound View Post
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    Vets checks off another month on the October Patch.
    Completing 13 years of nonstop skiing.
    Pure passion. Strong strong work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vets View Post
    Thanks.
    The road has gotten worse. There are now at least three sketchy sections to deal with. Leavitt Lake road is a good test for any vehicle. I saw plenty of Jeeps, Tacomama's, and Full-sized trucks up there, but no 4 x 4 Sprinters. (However, I did see some when I was in Iceland.)
    Thanks, Vets, I was afraid of that. I might just give it a whirl, though, as the Sprinter comes with a low range. I've been out of commission all summer, so I've especially enjoyed your patch reports this year. Thanks for keeping it going.

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    T.R.s - Patchskiing, Spring, Summer, and Autumn 2016

    It's just a couple of spots of weirdness. You can do it in a 2wd car. You need a spotter for the first creek crossing and a couple other short sections. It's mostly ok but you could get stuck if you try. I think you will be fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~mikey b View Post
    It's just a couple of spots of weirdness. You can do it in a 2wd car. You need a spotter for the first creek crossing and a couple other short sections. It's mostly ok but you could get stuck if you try. I think you will be fine.
    Thanks, Mike. How have you been? All healed up and ready for the big season coming?

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    T.R.s - Patchskiing, Spring, Summer, and Autumn 2016

    Yeah buddy! Ribs healed. Finger sorta healed. I'm so ready! Hiking Leavitt Peak PCT Sunday with Owen.

    I crossed the river and was in your town today with my wine dealer. Lunch at the Lucky Penny.

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    Glad you're revved up and ready to go, Mike. Great stretch of the PCT between the pass and Leavitt Lake. Have a great time. I'm not in Murphys much anymore. Turned my practice over to a friend in May and retired. Couldn't get my health problems figured out. Finally found someone at UCSF this summer who's got me on a path that hopefully will have me up and going again. I'll hope to see you out there.
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    You always have a place to stay with me

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    The October Patch on September 5th.
    As mentioned above I was joined by Powdrhound and Dale. (This was actually my 155th consecutive month skiing.) We passed four skiers hiking back out who had already skied the October Patch earlier in the day. When we arrived we met up with a couple of other friends, Til Pow Do We Part and Dan and we took some runs with them after having a little lunch to give the snow a chance to soften up a bit.

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    Penny watches Til Pow Do We Part.
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    Dale
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    Vets and Penny
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    L to R - Til Pow Do We Part, Penny, Vets, and Powdrhound
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    Kirkwood can be seen at looker's left and Caples Lake can be seen below in the distance.

    Penny watches Dan.
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    Dale using a light saber pole.
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    Vets and Penny
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    Video (Five runs in a little over two minutes.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~mikey b View Post
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    Thanks, Mike, I'll send you a pm.

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    Dunderberg Peak, September 18th.
    We started our day on Hidden "Glacier"

    Penny is ready to have fun on the snow.
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    Dookey67 heading down on our first run.
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    Vets and Penny follow.
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    Dookey67 turns around the man-eating suncup giant slalom course.
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    Penny.
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    After a couple of runs on Hidden "Glacier" we headed back to Jack's "Glacier" and Dookey67 started.
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    Vets and Penny follow.
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    After this we skied on the other side of Jack's "Glacier" and Dookey67 starts down...
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    ...and turns above the edge...
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    Vets and Penny follow.
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    Dookey67 is raising his poles of his head to measure the snow depth.
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    Roundtop, October 1st
    Method Man Patch

    Looking up as Dookey67 reaches our destination, the Method Man Patch.
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    Vets starts a shadow skiing run with Round Top in the background.
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    Dookey67 descending above Winnemucca Lake.
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    A panoramic view from the top of the Method Man Patch.
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    Dookey67 skiing the Method Man Patch with Lake Tahoe in the distance.
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    Vets slarving and spraying corn snow.
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    Before heading out we took notice of some flowers.
    A late bloomer below the Method Man Patch.
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    Our streaks were extended. This was Dookey67's 106th consecutive month skiing and Vets' 156th consecutive month skiing.

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    Round Top came through again today.
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    The snow was superb.

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