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  1. #101
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    Forecast is looking perfect for the weekend. Can't decide what I want to do:

    1. Final day at baldy resort skiing, last day of chair 4.

    2. Looks like 2 is open, easy access bc.

    3. New to me zone in San jacinto, but snow line might be too high already.

    Looks like I'm rolling solo, so if someone wants to join, shoot me a pm.

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    Coverage as of yesterday, which was closing day for Chair 4. Top half of chair 1 still goes, but you'll be hiking the bottom half.

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    Digital zoom from moving chair, but gives you an idea of the coverage in the chutes.
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    Jepson Bowl on Saturday, photo by Jake Collins (posted to Facebook). Looking fat and bulletproof, climbers used crampons and ice axes with apparently zero boot penetration except in areas with wind deposits.
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    Checked out a new to me area on Saturday 3/30, Chute #2 on Tahquitz Peak. I had never seen any info on someone skiing back there, but after the trip found a mountaineering website with info on the 3 chutes off the NW ridge. Kind of a boring name for such an awesome chute, but I guess that is what happens when the mountaineers get to name things.

    2005 I first noticed the area and had been wanting to get back in there and check it out, this photo I took in April 2005:


    This winter was good, but no 2005. Found this photo online from 3/23 and I knew there would be a lot of melting midweek, so was on the fence about going:


    Figured it would bug me all summer if I didn't go check it out, so drove up, but looked bleak from the trailhead. Such a scenic area and moon above Lily Rock, I figured might as well go for a hike with the skis:


    Had a navigation mistake and spent a bunch of time bush whacking:


    Easy going after getting on patchy snow around 6800 ft. First skiable option came into view, good looking bowl:


    Chute 1, with some 5th class at the top:


    half way up Chute 2, love the high quality granite walls:


    The crux was a solid 45 degrees and ~3 ft wide with mixed snow conditions:


    After that, easy walk up to the fire look out:


    Had the POV camera going for the down climb, but encountered some technology issues and was to puckered and impatient to deal with the video camera until I got down to the ~40 degree section. Seemed easy on the way up, but was scary on the down climb:


    Dug out a ledge to click into the dynafiddles:


    Felt much better having skis on, made a few turns and then got the video camera working:
    http://umtgriz.com/forum/2019/MAH00854_480.mp4

    Snow was perfect. Rejoined the drainage at 7600 and that was actually a fun ski down to 7080:
    http://umtgriz.com/forum/2019/MAH00856_480.mp4

    Cool area, would like to get back in there next good winter and check out the other chutes and bowls. Snow is melting fast!

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    Fun off hwy2 yesterday couple I snapped off while i was there. Might go again Wednesday if anyoneís down DM me.


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  6. #106
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    Quote Originally Posted by 406 View Post
    Checked out a new to me area on Saturday 3/30, Chute #2 on Tahquitz Peak. I had never seen any info on someone skiing back there, but after the trip found a mountaineering website with info on the 3 chutes off the NW ridge. Kind of a boring name for such an awesome chute, but I guess that is what happens when the mountaineers get to name things.

    2005 I first noticed the area and had been wanting to get back in there and check it out, this photo I took in April 2005:


    This winter was good, but no 2005. Found this photo online from 3/23 and I knew there would be a lot of melting midweek, so was on the fence about going:


    Figured it would bug me all summer if I didn't go check it out, so drove up, but looked bleak from the trailhead. Such a scenic area and moon above Lily Rock, I figured might as well go for a hike with the skis:


    Had a navigation mistake and spent a bunch of time bush whacking:


    Easy going after getting on patchy snow around 6800 ft. First skiable option came into view, good looking bowl:


    Chute 1, with some 5th class at the top:


    half way up Chute 2, love the high quality granite walls:


    The crux was a solid 45 degrees and ~3 ft wide with mixed snow conditions:


    After that, easy walk up to the fire look out:


    Had the POV camera going for the down climb, but encountered some technology issues and was to puckered and impatient to deal with the video camera until I got down to the ~40 degree section. Seemed easy on the way up, but was scary on the down climb:


    Dug out a ledge to click into the dynafiddles:


    Felt much better having skis on, made a few turns and then got the video camera working:
    http://umtgriz.com/forum/2019/MAH00854_480.mp4

    Snow was perfect. Rejoined the drainage at 7600 and that was actually a fun ski down to 7080:
    http://umtgriz.com/forum/2019/MAH00856_480.mp4

    Cool area, would like to get back in there next good winter and check out the other chutes and bowls. Snow is melting fast!
    So rad looking!!!


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    Looks like a helluva day in an awesome place 406. Nice work.

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    Gonna try to get up to the chutes on Sat or Sun, still figuring it out. My lard ass will be slow as hell, don't want to drag down any of you hard-chargers, but maybe I'll see some of you up there. Will be the out-of-breath guy on yellow ZeroG boots and green ZeroG skis.

    https://alpine.ugcs.caltech.edu/inde...dy_Bowl_Chutes
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  9. #109
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1000-oaks View Post
    You the racer dude from Europe that was tearing it up?
    How did I JUST come across this thread? That dude might've been me -- smurf blue jacket, gray helmet with a big M on the front on a pair of Down SD95s. Former gate basher that just moved back out from the EC, so I'm definitely rolling a bit of the racer steeze.
    Quote Originally Posted by doughboyshredder View Post
    If you're not standing on the fucking traverse with your thumb up your ass you wont get checked.

    dumbfuck.

  10. #110
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    I have a 50 mile mountain bike ride planned for Saturday, but assuming I can walk the next morning, planning to ski Baldy ski area Sunday. Will be on black Super Bros.

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    Socal 2018/2019

    Quote Originally Posted by 406 View Post
    Checked out a new to me area on Saturday 3/30, Chute #2 on Tahquitz Peak. I had never seen any info on someone skiing back there, but after the trip found a mountaineering website with info on the 3 chutes off the NW ridge. Kind of a boring name for such an awesome chute, but I guess that is what happens when the mountaineers get to name things.

    2005 I first noticed the area and had been wanting to get back in there and check it out, this photo I took in April 2005:


    This winter was good, but no 2005. Found this photo online from 3/23 and I knew there would be a lot of melting midweek, so was on the fence about going:


    Figured it would bug me all summer if I didn't go check it out, so drove up, but looked bleak from the trailhead. Such a scenic area and moon above Lily Rock, I figured might as well go for a hike with the skis:


    Had a navigation mistake and spent a bunch of time bush whacking:


    Easy going after getting on patchy snow around 6800 ft. First skiable option came into view, good looking bowl:


    Chute 1, with some 5th class at the top:


    half way up Chute 2, love the high quality granite walls:


    The crux was a solid 45 degrees and ~3 ft wide with mixed snow conditions:


    After that, easy walk up to the fire look out:


    Had the POV camera going for the down climb, but encountered some technology issues and was to puckered and impatient to deal with the video camera until I got down to the ~40 degree section. Seemed easy on the way up, but was scary on the down climb:


    Dug out a ledge to click into the dynafiddles:


    Felt much better having skis on, made a few turns and then got the video camera working:
    http://umtgriz.com/forum/2019/MAH00854_480.mp4

    Snow was perfect. Rejoined the drainage at 7600 and that was actually a fun ski down to 7080:
    http://umtgriz.com/forum/2019/MAH00856_480.mp4

    Cool area, would like to get back in there next good winter and check out the other chutes and bowls. Snow is melting fast!
    I skied back there a number of years ago. Put up a TR here. Super cool zone. I took the summer trail up to the snow line and skinned from there.

    Edit. Looks like it was 2012.

    https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/...tside-and-Back

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    Hit Baldy Bowl today, got a late start so only one run. Really manky on the bottom half. Unless we get another good freeze, the depth of the glop is sketchy (knee to thigh deep postholing) and is probably even worse in the sun-baked chutes. I headed looker's left into the trees for safer snow, where it was only boot-height penetration. No doubt northern aspects are much better.

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    Some fun to be had off hwy2 just crawling out of my sleeping bag getting ready for a fun filled day.


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    ^^^Nice. CalTrans web page doesn't mention that the gate at Vincent Gap is closed, but I guess it is?

    Did my final SoCal lift served of the season yesterday 4/7. Skied 10:30-2:30 non stop and conditions were perfect depending on aspect. South Bowl/tube is closed. Herbs, etc, melted out. Just patches on north face of chair one.

    http://umtgriz.com/forum/2019/MAH00862_480.mp4

    Last run of the season at Baldy for me:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ottime View Post
    I skied back there a number of years ago. Put up a TR here. Super cool zone. I took the summer trail up to the snow line and skinned from there.

    Edit. Looks like it was 2012.

    https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/...tside-and-Back
    Cool, not sure how I missed that first time around. I agree, don't think I would want to be back there with fresh snow, even the more "mellow" terrain is steep and not many escape routes. The chute I booted/skied is with the red arrow on your photo:
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    So needs a good snow year to fill in. Would be awesome to be on snow from the parking lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sticksplitman View Post
    Some fun to be had off hwy2 just crawling out of my sleeping bag getting ready for a fun filled day.
    Awesome man, looking forward to your report. Your tow rig is awesome, did you make camp on the road?

    Quote Originally Posted by 406 View Post
    Last run of the season at Baldy for me:
    Nicely done, was wondering if you were going to find an clean exit after traversing that far down, lol.

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    Edit soon boys might be into another missions soon. Everything was sliding by mid day! To warm.

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    Was thinking Telegraph on Friday while the lifts still get you most of the way there, but not too keen on it if windy and low vis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1000-oaks View Post
    Was thinking Telegraph on Friday while the lifts still get you most of the way there, but not too keen on it if windy and low vis.
    I would join you but canít justify buying lift ticket for a bump. Been wanting to drone that peak video would be mental


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    Lifts are down to just Sat & Sun for next two weekends, beginning of the end. I'll probably be in-bounds on Sunday.

    Texted Sticksplitman and Dkla52 about a possible Friday mission. 406?
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    Socal 2018/2019

    Hereís a edit of my most recent road trip back country at the end thereís a clip of badden about 2weeks ago. Subscribe and share thanks enjoy!!!
    https://youtu.be/-2B8cQj2KbI


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    Really awesome corn day at Baldy yesterday, just great. Telegraph is melting pretty fast, but the sub-peak to the south is holding well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1000-oaks View Post
    Really awesome corn day at Baldy yesterday, just great. Telegraph is melting pretty fast, but the sub-peak to the south is holding well.

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    Looks great for Baldy this time of year tele for sure has a couple lines down it. I miss that place canít pay $80 mid winter for 3 or 4 lift bumps a day.


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    anyone know if the gate on highway 2 at vincent gap is open?

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    It's not, Caltrans guy said they don't know when, it's plowed but rockfall still coming down and will be for awhile.

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