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  1. #1
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    Skiing the Mendenhall Icefall

    We've had a rare week+ of sun in Juneau and the snow on the glacial ice has gone through a nightly freeze/thaw cycle which has made it stick to the ice and provided a crusty surface to ski on. Spent the last few days poking around skiing spines and gullies on the glacier. The snow was crusty, then as the sun comes out it corns briefly, but then it just pulls off the ice when you try to ski it, so the window is pretty narrow. Fun times doing drone "selfies". These are frame grabs from video.
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    That deserves a FKNA!
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    Sick.

    Did you happen to see the GSA or DD in your travels? I heard a rumor they are out there... trying to start up their own heli op.
    "Its not the arrow, its the Indian" - M.Pinto

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    Sweet! Looks like you're skiing a giant blue squid!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmcrawfo View Post
    Sick.

    Did you happen to see the GSA or DD in your travels? I heard a rumor they are out there... trying to start up their own heli op.
    I have no idea who you are talking about?

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    Woah, cool. Ballsy... crevasses frighten me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trackhead View Post
    I have no idea who you are talking about?
    Your lack of awareness of TGR lore and amazing snaps don't compute.... I really should reevaluate my life.

    Stay innocent, stay Rad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmcrawfo View Post
    Your lack of awareness of TGR lore and amazing snaps don't compute.... I really should reevaluate my life.

    Stay innocent, stay Rad.
    I have 11,000 (I'm wasting my time posts), I've tried to stay away from this place, so yeah, I'm not up to date anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trackhead View Post
    I have 11,000 (I'm wasting my time posts), I've tried to stay away from this place, so yeah, I'm not up to date anymore.
    Just ignore the troll. Sick pics.
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    Skiing the Mendenhall Icefall

    Jesus man what planet is that!? Crazy.

    Would love to see some of the video
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    Hot damn. Hope to see video

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    Sweet shots. If you ever want to waste some more time start a skiing drone thread. Iím intrigued by the auto follow drones. Havenít looked into them too closely yet.

    Great skiing and photos.



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    Nice work. I'm having trouble wrapping my head around consequence if you miss your window. Snow sliding off the ice would make for a very scary ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by easyrdr View Post
    Nice work. I'm having trouble wrapping my head around consequence if you miss your window. Snow sliding off the ice would make for a very scary ride.
    Pics are deceiving, pretty benign angles and low consequences, or I wouldn't be there.

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    I got some buds who did that Shagway to Juneau traverse which i believe came done Mendenhall

    every traverse presentation I see is just more reinforcement that i don't want to do a traverse
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    Fucking Christ.

    Echoing Norse; crevasses and blue ice with seemingly three inches on top are terrifying.

    That icefall ever fill in enough that it's not just a mountaineering exercise?
    Right down just above sea level no?
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    Badass pics. Post some GoPro footy for the boys. Looks like it'd hurt if you caught an edge.

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    Very cool photos.

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    I don't cares what the rest of the

    in the pen think
    I miss me sums crackheads fritztrips stoke
    glad youre good
    hope the crotchfruit and mrs. are too
    once I get my A to the mfin K shit togather and get back im so lookin you and high angles up
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    ski on in eternal peace

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