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Old 03-23-2009, 03:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It hasn't snowed in almost a month in Colorado. Thankfully that drought has ended today and snow is in the forecast for the week. Though it didn't come in time for the weekend we made the best of it. Hiking to over 13k ft and staying above 12k ft for the day was key to finding some good snow. Not a whole lot of pictures here, but I also included my skier buddies POV footy, there is some Cody action in there.

The terrain

Looking over at A Basin.


The riding.





The deed after it was done.


And you can check out the video here.

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Old 03-23-2009, 06:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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enjoyed the vid but the music was lame.
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Old 03-23-2009, 06:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The view is just
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i disagree oneplankawanka. i thought the music fit the vid nicely, but whatev haha.
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keep em coming, getting so pumped for my season getting my season pass in april.

Does cody stand on your board/between your legs when your stopped?
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Old 03-24-2009, 08:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Ha! I've more complaints/compliments about the music on that vid. That is all Tom's doing. I'm just passing the video along. I may get a POV1 for next season. Then you can watch videos and listen to my crappy music.

Cody will stand on my tail sometimes, generally he's just stoked to be out there doing that stuff. He never tries to ride on my board though.
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That MCdonnalds jingle is stuck in my head right now. "I'm love'n it"

Great pics ... the photo slut steeze is badass!!
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keep em comin

your doing what i was kind of thinking about the other day ... cataloging trips with pics ... do you know of any books with trip reports & step by step pictures, something like that ... like: A Trip to Stowe VT or A Spring Hike Up Grizzly Gulch CO ... to see and get the feeling like youve been there, ive got one trip book but its more stats than a day in the life @
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:07 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Check out Chris Davenport's "Ski the 14ers" book. It's gorgeous. Yes it is skiing, but it is also kick ass. Chris skied all of Colorado's 54 (yes 54) Peaks over 14,000 ft in one year. He skied with several different people and got all of it documented on film. Definitely worth owning.

As far as books go. They are far and few between. There is a backcountry guide for the Adirondacks giving details on riding the slide paths in winter there and what you need to do it. There are books that go in and out of print all the time for Colorado and Utah. Backcountry skiing Berthoud Pass by Jordan Lipp is a great book that gives excellent detail on a lot of the routes around Berthoud. You can find hiking guides for Grizzly Gulch, but not much winter related. It's also a very dangerous spot and has a very small window when you can ride there safely. Last weekend was one of those. This weekend it would be suicide to ride there, you'd get buried.

I post up these Trip Reports to encourage others to do the same. I'm always stoked to see pictures from around world showing off all the wonderful terrain and places there are out there. I'm lucky to live in such a great area with world class resorts and expansive backcountry.
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:52 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Props killclimbz. I meant no offense by my critique of the soundtrack, I just prefer edgier music that gets me excited about riding. For example, some instrumental Heavy riff laden guitar dittys... Satriani, Vai, Hoey. I don't ride and listen to tunes. I love the sound of my board moving through and over the snow and I consider it invaluable to my riding and sensing snow conditions... part of my stoke for the sport.

I admire your BC credo and I think all the park rats and others who have never had a BC experience could learn alot from having one, and open up a whole new realm of enjoying the sport in ways they could never have imagined.

Earning your turns will improve your riding and it goes without saying your fitness level as well.

I have only used my splitboard twice in The Eagle cap wilderness located in the Wallowa mtn. range in eastern Oregon.

The driest snow in these here parts. Epic, legendary experience. I want more.

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