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  1. #1
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    Sopris TR w/pics

    EDIT: photos fixed

    hit up Sopris this weekend... she's a big lady




    we packed in on Saturday to Thomas Lakes... 4 miles, 1500 vert, 75lb packs, ugh. Then on Sunday morning started the skin and bootpack up the East ridge. We had our eye on the widest chute in this photo (2nd to lookers-left):


    I guess it's one of the Laundry Chutes (?). The other 3 in the photo were pretty much unskiable due to the ginormous cornice on top (which is partially fractured and ready to let go), and also because of several stair-step icefalls in the middle. But if they fill in enough, I'd definitely like to check them out next season.

    Snow was bomber due to fairly colder temps, and the morning sun was making that oh-so-nice soft layer on top. We were expecting to traverse across a rocky section in order to access the chute, but were pleasantly greeted with a nice steep ramp. So in we went. Here's me skiing the main chute, looking down the entrance ramp:

    http://www.biglines.com/photos_large.php?photo_id=58953

    Here's a shot of my friend exiting, there was a small little icefall you had to leapfrog on the exit:



    The chute was a nice steep but carvable pitch, snow was superb. We then traversed out high right so we could get back to our campsite and found this little fellow:



    again, nice steep pitch but excellent snow



    And then called it a day. I'll post some more pics later, but don't have them all downloaded.
    Last edited by yetipolice; 05-08-2006 at 06:27 PM.

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    Can't see the pics...

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    hey how come I can't get the image links to work, sorry I'm a photo dumbass, never really linked these photo thingies.

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    [*IMG]http://www.biglines.com/photosv2/2006/04/120x120/biglines_57979.gif[/IMG]

    Produces this when I take out the *


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    oooh, thanks Shera, why then when I just hit "insert image button" and give the url, it doesn't work, stoopid machines. i'm fixing right now.

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    voila, fixed.

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    Nice pictures! Those cornices are rather large.

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    Thumbs up

    Very groovy.

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    on the entrance ramp:


    huge cornice and also exhibit A. why my dog is staying home on next ski tour:

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    nice pics, thanks for getting them up there

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    Quote Originally Posted by yetipolice
    on the entrance ramp:
    huge cornice and also exhibit A. why my dog is staying home on next ski tour:
    This picture is totally sick. Wow cool snow formation.

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    Thumbs up

    Looks like a fun weekend. Those cornices are huuuuuge.

    Mt. Zirkel sometime soon? Would be great to hookup for some spring touring.

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    BURLY TREK!
    Calmer than you dude

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    Is that Rainey on the cornice? J is one of my roomies... I think I briefly met you while skinning up Vail the full-moon night before it opened...

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    no not Rainey, it's Gus, but yep same crew. I'm actually megan's friend from Steamboat, but yeah we skied Vail that night. I guess I will be seeing you in a few weeks for the solstice party, can't wait to meet the chickens!

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    this is what posting in May is all about.
    Great TR
    I heart Sopris.

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    Nice TR, good job on that big one. Thanks for puttin' it together. Conditions look almost perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yetipolice
    no not Rainey, it's Gus, but yep same crew. I'm actually megan's friend from Steamboat, but yeah we skied Vail that night. I guess I will be seeing you in a few weeks for the solstice party, can't wait to meet the chickens!
    Rock on! Hah... yeah, the party is going to be retarded... See you then.

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    Love Mount Sopris....a great get-a-way....
    We hold daggers in the side of the Moon...

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    needs a bump. sweet mountain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Star View Post
    needs a bump. sweet mountain.
    Indeed. Not too many places in CO where you can net 6,000 vert on one sitting.

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    shit.... i grew up in carbondale and always wanted to ski sopris (hiked it once in the summer though).

    i know this is old but still nice fuckin work that is sweet.
    my dog sheds the gnar.

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    I've looked at Sopris all my life, hiked it 8 or 9 times in summer and skiied four times, twice from the East summit and twice from the West. Never the "Laundry" Chutes, though. (They are actually named the Landry Chutes after Chris Landry who skiied them in the late seventies or early eighties). Sweet TR. BUMP this for springtime in the Elks!

    Esp. like "Exhibit A. Why my dog doesn't come on ski tours anymore"

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