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    Talking ALASKA STOKE PHOTO DUMP --- NOT A TRIP REPORT

    Not a TR cuz i didn't take a trip; i just moved there for a bit.

    Realized recently that since i was able to post photos to gearswap, then i should be able to post photos elsewhere here.

    Ironic that it's possible now considering half the reason i joined this site originally was to post some stoke and possibly find some touring parters. TGR wouldn't let me post pics forever. Not sure what's changed, but here ya go.

    Inspiration for this post should go to Klar and her big Euro photo thread from i think this spring.
    Anyway . . .
    BTW if something in these photos looks like good skiing it prob has tracks on it so try zooming in to see stuff betterer. Not at all sure how these shots are gonna come across here.

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    Pseudo pano of the south face of Southcentral AK's favorite ski touring ridgeline, Tincan, of course.

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    The far end of the library which extends out from Tincan toward Kickstep.


    Testing to see if this shit even works so to be continued . . .
    Last edited by HotSchmoo; 01-22-2019 at 10:39 PM. Reason: definitely still retarded
    Do what you like. Try not to arbitrarily be an ass. -- skizix

    the bumps are just better without hooveprints in them. -- lightranger

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    Well, i'll be fucked. Shit's actually working and stuff.
    Carrying on.

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    A less artsy version of same shot. For a time a had a semi-decent free photo editing app on my laptop and used to try to adust for color and resolution just to get features and tracks to pop a bit more. But i fucked up and deleted that app. OOPS. So my photos are less fancy and edited as time goes on.

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    Big wide open southface on the far eastern side of Tincan proper. A friend once called this the EXCELSIOR FACE, haha.
    FWIW, despite it being really too easy to access for every wannabe Anchorhead brobrah radguy, Tincan's south and north faces remain one of my favorite backcountry spots ever. Not so much the west facing stuff dropping back to the parking and highway. Too bad the ease of access made it sorta hard to get on the steep faces at times with good snow stability AND quality AND not feel like i had half of anchorage skiing on top of my head. Oh well, i guess.

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    One more purple shot of Tincan's southface.

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    Ok moving on from Tincan, this is Eddies southface from top of Tincan.

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    Eddies at midday in january.



    Can a site mod tell me how many photos like this i can put on one post without fucking shit up.? Guess i'll break it up more.
    TBC.
    Do what you like. Try not to arbitrarily be an ass. -- skizix

    the bumps are just better without hooveprints in them. -- lightranger

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    Ok and here's a bunch of stuff from Sunburst.

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    North side of sunburst here, big chute coming from high on the ridge lookers right of summit is elevator shaft.

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    An early season shot of a sizeable slab in sunburst's north bowl.

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    Much later in the season in north bowl.

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    Hero pow turns on sunburst's southside. One of my best days ever with deep dry stable snow and multiple laps on suburst and magnum.

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    Same day. Got three laps in on this face before the crowds showed up so i moved over to Magnum.
    Don't know what turnagain is like now; it's been a few years.
    It'd be strange though. Long spells with few people, then gigantic clusterfucks all at once.
    Last edited by HotSchmoo; 01-22-2019 at 11:04 PM. Reason: hoodehoo
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    the bumps are just better without hooveprints in them. -- lightranger

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    Can an admin move this to the TR forum ;?)

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    Magnum uptrack.


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    Magnum's westface from the center ridge parking area. Cornbiscuit and Lypps farther back.


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    Magnum's west face above the highway from the Mag/Cornbiscuit
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    West face from the Sunburst/Magnum lot.



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    Tracks on Magnums southface in the early morning.


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    Skintrack partway up the shoulder coming up from the valley between Sunburst and Magnum. Think one of these guys had dropped their backpack and debating what to do about it.



    I'm tired and going to bed to ski tomorrow.
    TBC.
    Do what you like. Try not to arbitrarily be an ass. -- skizix

    the bumps are just better without hooveprints in them. -- lightranger

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    On down the way you find Cornbiscuit.

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    From down near the highway.

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    Biscuit uptrack.


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    Couple shots of the south face of the biscuit.

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    North face of cornbiscuit had some sweet chutes.
    Last edited by HotSchmoo; 01-25-2019 at 12:37 AM.
    Do what you like. Try not to arbitrarily be an ass. -- skizix

    the bumps are just better without hooveprints in them. -- lightranger

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    I would rape that. Nice posting.

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    Nice dude. Looks like it was fun times.
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    I realize there is not much hope for a bullfighting forum. I understand that most of you would prefer to discuss the ingredients of jacket fabrics than the ingredients of a brave man. I know nothing of the former. But the latter is made of courage, and skill, and grace in the presence of the possibility of death. If someone could make a jacket of those three things it would no doubt be the most popular and prized item in all of your closets.

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    Sick

    too legit, too legit to quit

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    thread needs a NSFW tag.
    tasty.
    In search of the elusive artic powder weasel ...

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    So good. Thanks for posting!

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    Thatís what Iím missing because my kids are old enough to ski.
    But Ellen kicks ass - if she had a beard it would be much more haggard. -Jer

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    Quote Originally Posted by MakersTeleMark View Post
    I would rape that. Nice posting.
    Thanks bro, nice to see i've found an friend.
    Do what you like. Try not to arbitrarily be an ass. -- skizix

    the bumps are just better without hooveprints in them. -- lightranger

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    Too legit indeed.

    Twas both the best and worst of times, per the cliche.

    NSFW! HAHA! It is ski porn i guess.

    Jed y'all having a decent season?
    Seemed like in the crap or even more average seasons the lower elevation stuff just wouldn't ever fill in or sometimes even really get much snow. Perhaps the whole notion of "average" has changed for the region.
    Winters there made me feel a bit like a junkie who's receiving just enough junk to remain an addict.
    Do what you like. Try not to arbitrarily be an ass. -- skizix

    the bumps are just better without hooveprints in them. -- lightranger

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    Magnum and Cornbiscuit ridges converge on their eastern ends to form Superbowl. Ridgeline from top of superbowl then extends out to Goldpan and eventually up to Pastoral.


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    Superbowl.

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    Skintrack up to the saddle between the biscuit and superbowl.

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    Superbowl with Goldpan peeking out behind.
    Shot from Cornbiscuit.

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    The biscuit ridge on the left and Goldpan looming up higher and farther back. Shot from Lypps.

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    Goldpans upper face doesn't have a ton of vert but it is still a big and very steep face with ribs spines and chutes. This makes it approachable as a big-mountain mini-golf objective for wannabe rad guys, but it still seems like a pretty serious objective for mere mortals. I am most definitely not a rad guy, so only skied this face a few times.


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    Found it hard to get on it with safe snow too. Check the natural big slab releases in the last few pics.

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    Got a little more used to it after a few years, but the skintracks in the Turnagain zone often blew me away with their aggressiveness.

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    Some nice tracks in the corner pocket between the superbowl bump on the left and Goldpan on the right.

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    Northface of Goldpan shot from Sunburst.
    Do what you like. Try not to arbitrarily be an ass. -- skizix

    the bumps are just better without hooveprints in them. -- lightranger

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    Despite being the highpoint of the Turnagain range, Pastoral is actually quite user friendly and offers a sweet tour that can be combined with several other summits in the vicinity.

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    Pastoral looking from Tincan.

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    Working up to the saddle between Sunburst and Magnum on the way out to Pastoral. Edit: actually i don't know where this is. Oh well.


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    From the saddle at Taylor pass looking out over the little pocket glacier and up at Pastoral's shaded north face.

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    Up on Pastoral's pocket glacier looking back toward Taylor pass and Sunburst.

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    From Pastoral summit looking east towards the Portage icefield area.

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    Spring pow on pastoral's northeast face.

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    bench peak, to the southeast of pastoral.

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    Ok tired again, bedtime.
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    the bumps are just better without hooveprints in them. -- lightranger

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    Stunning.
    In search of the elusive artic powder weasel ...

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    wow, that is stunning terrain
    just really jealous that's your backyard

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    Incredible!

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    Shhhhhhhhhh. that zone is top secret
    Its not that I suck at spelling, its that I just don't care

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    JC, unreal.

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    Stuff of dreams right here!

    Thanks a ton for posting.
    "Alpine rock and steep, deep powder are what I seek, and I will always find solace there." - Bean Bowers

    photos

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    Nic f-ing pics. where are you skiing out of? It looks like heaven
    Hello darkness my old friend

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dhelihiker View Post
    Nic f-ing pics. where are you skiing out of? It looks like heaven
    All these shots so far are from Turnagain pass while i lived in Girdwood.
    Don't live there anymore. Despite the all the apparent gloriousness, it really rains a shitton there and the weather often trends toward fucking terrible.

    Despite what the powdermonkeys insinuating, none of these spots are secret in any way and in fact sit just above the highway.
    Do what you like. Try not to arbitrarily be an ass. -- skizix

    the bumps are just better without hooveprints in them. -- lightranger

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    Moving down to Lypps.
    Some local will prob fly into an outraged tantrum and tell how it's spelled just like the fleshy flaps on yer piehole. I like my spelling.

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    Lypps westface from the highway.

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    Another really terrible purple shot.
    Shows the tracks and sluffs well though.

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    Still below the sun in the morning on the southface.

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    Close to the summit on the southface uptrack.

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    Southface. Actual ski shot. Wow.

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    Lypps northface from Pastoral.
    This face didn't get skied a whole lot given the big gully terrain trap right at the bottom (out of view).

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    Follow the ridge of Lypps out a few miles and you'll find the Granddaddy. Right at the head of the basin, so was easy to combine with Pastoral for a longer tour.
    Do what you like. Try not to arbitrarily be an ass. -- skizix

    the bumps are just better without hooveprints in them. -- lightranger

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