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    TR: Treasury Mtn, Crested Butte, 7-4-2006

    4th of July TR, 2006
    Treasury Mountain 13,462'
    Crested Butte, Colorado
    Goldenboy, mbsc

    While goldenboy’s friends were getting ready with their “couch on wheels” and another “couch on skis” float for the 4th of July parade, we decided to go skiing. We hoped to get back in enough time to join them in the holiday debauchery.

    We drove up Slate River road to where it dead ended at Paradise Divide due to rockslides near Yule Pass. We were on foot the rest of the way. So, at 8:30 am, we put our skis on our backs and headed up the Yule Pass trail/road.

    Here is a picture of Yule Pass road.




    About half way between Cinnamon and Treasury we headed up the ridgeline toward the saddle between them in order to get to Treasury. We look at the time. It’s nearly 9 am. We don’t think we’re going to be back in time for the parade at 11:30.


    Looking back down the valley toward Crested Butte. So beautiful and green! We’ve had a drought year on the Colorado Front Range and everything there is so brown. It’s nice to see green here.


    Here’s the peak we’re going for: Treasury.


    On the other side of Treasury, there’s two couloirs called the wine bottle couloirs. Our plan was to ski one of those. When we got to the summit at 10am, we noticed one of the couloirs was melted out. Oh well. But the next one is looking pretty good.



    goldenboy at the top of the couloir.


    But wait. What’s that at the bottom????



    Check it out! Huge rockslide happened! Woah! And it must have happened just in the last couple of days from some serious rain that the area has been experiencing. The rock fell on top of the snowfield below. And check out the chunks of snow on top of the rock. That snow belongs in the couloir we want to ski! Dang it! The rock slide took out part of the snow in the couloir!



    The line doesn’t go. We can’t ski the couloirs. Check out the freshly cut rock in this pic. Guess this face is where the rock slide started.


    So, what’s the plan? Plan B is to try to ski the snowfields on the NE face where we hiked up and do it quick enough so we can be back in town for the 4th of July Parade. Besides, goldenboy has his whole parade outfit already on Check it out! If you’re going to celebrate Independence Day, you might as well do it right.



    First, enjoy the views from the summit! Beautiful! The south couloir off of Maroon Peak… someday…..


    Snowmass... Another "someday".


    Time to ski!!!!!!!!!!!! This cornice looks pretty fun. Hmmmmm…..



    But it kind of has a flat landing, which is what I’m dealing with here. It was still fun!



    Goldenboy tearing it up in full uniform.









    Mbsc makes some turns. I was happy I didn’t forget my lei this time











    Looking back at our tracks. They start on the snowfield on the right of the pic, then we worked our way across the other snowfields to the bottom of this one.


    But we still have much farther to go! The skiing was actually pretty darned good. We look at the time, almost 11. We’re having too much fun skiing, and we probably won’t be making it back in time for the parade afterall. Bummer… well, sort of…. b/c I was fully entertained about what was about to happen….

    (more to come....)
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbikerskierchick
    b/c I was fully entertained about what was about to happen….
    titillating
    "It is not the result that counts! It is not the result but the spirit! Not what - but how. Not what has been attained - but at what price.
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    This time of year the snow is quite patchy, as you all know. Many of us get lazy when it comes to crossing patches of rock and dirt and we don’t bother to take off our skis. MUST KEEP SKIS ON I don’t know how all of you deal with it, but usually I try to gingerly step or sidestep across the patch of dirt and rocks until I reach the snow. I’m amazed at how the bases of my skis are still in such good shape considering how many times I’ve dealt with rocks in this way this spring. But goldenboy has another method.


    He just pretends there are no rocks or dirt. It’s just dirty snow

    I expect a huge crash, which is why I’m taking pics. But no such luck. Goldenboy clears the patch like it’s nothing.


    And I was fully entertained by the whole scenario. Skiing on the 4th of July, in a silly gaper-esque-yet-retro-kind-of-cool costume, right over a patch of dirt and rocks. I even have a pic of him with no snow in it. Classic That’s all.


    Well, we had a pretty fun ski the rest of the way. We followed a drainage down pretty far and got over 1000’ of vert. Not bad for 4th of July plan B, really. We hiked up another drainage to traverse back over to the road, and followed the road back to the car. We didn’t make it back in time for the parade (Sorry CB folks!) but we had a lot of fun anyway AND we made it out of there in time to beat the afternoon thunderstorm that was moving in quite quickly.

    The scenery in the area is beautiful and the pics don’t do it justice. But I’ll try here anyway.


    Think "blissful winter ski lines" here


    Summer skiing is in full force. I think I’ll try to make it out there a couple more times before I head to Argentina in August Until then….. keep smiling, y’all
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    Thanks MBSC. Great pics! Thats what I call "milkin' it for every turn" there GB.
    Cool breakaway - but, man that sure would suck if it happened when you were in the couloir...

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    You are a one woman stoke machine. Thanks again for the pictures. Skiing, mtn bike racing, Cedar Point, Argentina... I don't think Crayola has a shade of green to accurately illustrate my envy right now.
    "They don't think it be like it is, but it do."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo
    You are a one woman stoke machine.
    That is what I was thinking....there wouldnt even be skiing TRs anymore without mbsc.


    As always, thanks for sharing the adventures.
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    Nice pics--way to keep 'em turning!

    That rock slide =
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    the colorado queen of stoke strikes again! nice effort there

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    Nice once again!!! Hehe, dirt skiing is quite common in the east. I think I did more dirt skiing in April/May this year then you guys will in your life

    There is no shade of green that displays my feelings right now

    Glad to see you remembered to get lei'd this time around. I missed the Cedar Point TR, must be working too much again. That place rocks!

    B)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn Man
    I missed the Cedar Point TR, must be working too much again. That place rocks!

    B)
    You missed no TR mtnman... so no worries. I talked about going there in another thread, b/c, well, I'm visiting family in Ohio and went there yesterday Gonna post some pics soon somewhere so keep a watch out for them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbikerskierchick
    You missed no TR mtnman... so no worries. I talked about going there in another thread, b/c, well, I'm visiting family in Ohio and went there yesterday Gonna post some pics soon somewhere so keep a watch out for them.
    Ah, I see now. I haven't been there in years. It's gotta be Mecca for rollercoasters though. Seems like they build one every year. I gotta get back there one of these days.

    Roadtrip???

    B)

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    Thanks for posting up another great TR, MBSC. It was a fun day, even if the rockfall did wreck the line we were hoping to ski. Pretty cool to see a recent rockfall of that size, although Zappa is right, you wouldn't want to be there when it happened. Some of my transplanted East coast friends said I need to work on my grass/rock skiing style, but this CO boy got his fill for the year on that patch.

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    nice patches!
    so many mountains...so little time

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    With that outfit on goldenboy, you should've gone for Independence Pass.....

    Nice TR! New meaning to 'rock star'.

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    Very nice TR. YOU STOKE factory. Slate River valley does not suck...

    Is it Treasure Mountain or Treasury? I know there is a Treasure Mountain in the W. Elks...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mtn Man
    Nice once again!!! Hehe, dirt skiing is quite common in the east. I think I did more dirt skiing in April/May this year then you guys will in your life

    There is no shade of green that displays my feelings right now

    Glad to see you remembered to get lei'd this time around. I missed the Cedar Point TR, must be working too much again. That place rocks!

    B)
    I prefer grass, I have done alot of that. Wet grass more specifically.

    NIve TR making it harder everyday to be in Pa right now.

    Good stuff.

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    Rontele- We were on Treasury. Treasure is connected to it by a ridge, and is farther west, closer to Marble. One of the northern basins on Treasure has "the chimneys", which have low-to-mid 5th class alpine climbs on them, which I hear are nice.

    I can't believe that my Dad's pants used to embarass me as a kid. He was always busting them out in the spring. Thankfully I realized that the pants were cool, and acquired them back in college. They are made by SKYR, and are fully functional with full side-zips and everything.

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    I love dirt skiing. Sit way back and hope the friction doesnt stop you. Once again, nice work girl!
    Ski like no one is watching!

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    WoooHooo! Summer skiing!

    I'm raising a cold one to MBSC. She rocks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by goldenboy
    Rontele- We were on Treasury. Treasure is connected to it by a ridge, and is farther west, closer to Marble. One of the northern basins on Treasure has "the chimneys", which have low-to-mid 5th class alpine climbs on them, which I hear are nice.

    I can't believe that my Dad's pants used to embarass me as a kid. He was always busting them out in the spring. Thankfully I realized that the pants were cool, and acquired them back in college. They are made by SKYR, and are fully functional with full side-zips and everything.
    I have stared at those chimneys thinking what great ski lines they would be. Dawson raves highly of them...

    I love the Slate River Valley, Paradise Divide and yule pass. gorgeous area.

    NICE TR!
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