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    Summer Solstice 2017 - Illumination Rock

    Mt Hood, Illumination Rock above Timberline Lodge

    Every year for the past few years, skiers have been getting together to celebrate the summer solstice: the day when days stop getting longer and the slide to winter can only accelerate. This was my first attendance -- I think I'll be going back next year.

    the approach never seems snowy enough


    you have to walk up to get there
    i cheated and rode to the top of the Palmer lift, then skinned from there (it's +/-3,200 vert to get there; i skinned maybe 1,000 vert)


    but even doing that, i felt like a slacker cuz people were dragging all sorts of stuff up


    there was music


    there were grills




    there was grilled meats, beer, booze, weed, pool toys, drones, tents, a baker's snow cave & a ramp

    it's pretty up there




    Indiana Jones showed up and cracked his whip


    Superman showed up


    this is a step back look at the party zone - I counted more than 70 people at one point during the evening


    being above the cloud deck with the clouds sliding by was pretty cool


    a ramp was built & there was a session with pyrotechnic accompaniments


    this dude, Javi, was fun to watch


    this guy is manufacturing snow scooters, first run comes out this fall


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    sometimes you crater


    sometimes you break both skis when you crater


    people were flying












    is it a ski party if there are no snow blades?
    spread eagle crotch grab snow blade guy says "nah-ah"


    he's modest about being the mayor of this event, but this guy Asit (w/ the jameson) and his crew are some good energy on Hood


    almost 9.24pm...the slide to winter is starting...the sunset was worth it




    winter is coming


    here ends the reading

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    Nice!

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    FKNA! Looks like a great time

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    That looks like a hell of a good time. Nice!

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    That looks great !

    Love the shots with the skiers above the clouds.

    My favorite day of the year too. Although it still will be dam hot for a few months; you know every day, winter is getting closer and at an increasing rate.
    Eat em up Houston Cougars !

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    Fuck yeah, dude!!

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    Rad!

    Better looking snow than I rode yesterday, too. That's for sure...
    "Pay your nickel and take your chances"
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    Hell ya! That's for sharing, always an event I've wanted to attend. Looks like a rad time. One year I'll make it up there for it!

    I think that snow blade guy is a former mag but i could be mistaken And I'm looking forward to seeing how Asit's project pans out!

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    Well that looked super fun!
    bF
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    I was just hearing about this annual craziness yesterday. Sounded like a good time, and this is proof.

    I agree it is a constitutional right for Americans to be assholes...its just too bad that so many take the opportunity...
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    Completely badass AC... Killer pics and it looks like a killer day... Once again another bucket list created becaus of this board... Thanks for sharing... Almost 3 months since I have been on my boards and am ready for summer to go away...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Undertow View Post
    Completely badass AC... Killer pics and it looks like a killer day... Once again another bucket list created becaus of this board... Thanks for sharing... Almost 3 months since I have been on my boards and am ready for summer to go away...
    Timely thread. I thought I couldn't be the only person excited when the weather man announced that today would be 1 second shorter of daylight then yesterday. I try every year to get excited about summer. It seems like everyone around me is always pumped for long hot days. Even in my 40's now I don't get it. I skied in April, closing week and weekend at Deer Valley. Don't laugh, had soli free tickets to burn and kids had springs break, so it was free. Anyway, I was thinking its been 2 months too long for me.
    That TR looked awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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    FKNA AC, glad you got a piece of that magic. My schedule got crazy this month. I can only say this a hand full of times: I'm glad I didn't ski... More details soon, but I think I may have a new home resort in a year or two.... Dry fkn powder? Here I come...
    The Hardest Workin' Man in Snow-Business

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    fatkidinslc?
    fatkidinbc?
    fatkidinJH?

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    fatkidinspokane?
    "Pay your nickel and take your chances"
    "they don't groom Alpental, they just move shit around."

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    fatkidinspaaaaace

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    FatKid on a Mission?
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    Looks like a good time. Anyone wanna do it again next week?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tBatt View Post
    Looks like a good time. Anyone wanna do it again next week?
    I can't midweek until maybe sometime after the fourth...

    FatKid said maybe over here:
    https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/...93#post5044093

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    Summer Solstice 2017 - Illumination Rock

    You might be correct Brutah, but only kind of. Wish we could have hooked up AC. Let's get a tour day whenever you get a chance.

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    man sweet tr, ac. next year i'm going.

    also, i hope i get a chance to meet him before he's fatkidoutoforegon .

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    super rad. need to get out there for that someday.
    Quote Originally Posted by acinpdx View Post
    ...the sunset was worth it




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    Quote Originally Posted by acinpdx View Post
    Nice shot!

    winter is coming


    here ends the reading
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    Quote Originally Posted by TBS View Post
    what happened to your beard?
    Shorn for warm season

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