Silverton Splitfest - Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums
User Tag List

 2Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 04-07-2015, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
Veteran Member
 
deagol's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Front Range CO
Posts: 1,884
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 255 Post(s)
Silverton Splitfest

After reading Neniís trip report on Heli-skiing in Alaska, I figured I would give the whole trip report thing a try. I am getting kind of bored with ski areas this time of year. Right now, I am looking forward to an upcoming backcountry trip with Killclimbz (we leave tonight) where we are going down to the SW corner of the state that is close to where I went to college and got my first taste of backcountry snowboarding all those years ago. Back then, we didnít have the equipment we have now (splitboards, ski crampons, and ice axe headed ski poles, etc.) and access was so much harder. I had a friend who was a skier back then and we did some lines in the San Juan mountains, but they were most likely very tame compared to what will most likely be on the menu in the next coming days. This is based on some of the pictures I have seen posted from people who have attended this ďsplitfestĒ the years before. Back then, we snowshoed up and carried the boards/skis on our backs (he had to carry his clunky ski boots in a backpack). Sometimes I even experimented with wearing hiking boots on the way up and changing into snowboarding boots for the way down. Once I even changed socks in a blizzard since the boarding socks didnít work too well with my hiking boots. So while the equipment is better, I am a bit nervous (well, maybe that isnít the best choice of wording). One reason is that when I asked if there was anything special to bring on this trip, he told me to bring a climbing harness and a rappel device, as we might be rappelling into the head of certain couloirs.. this is something I have never done before.
deagol is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 04-08-2015, 02:08 AM
The Swiss Miss
 
neni's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Swiss Alps
Posts: 5,026
Mentioned: 31 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 522 Post(s)
Blog Entries: 4
Have fun you two! Give cody a good hug
Hope, weather and snow condutions will play. Looking forward to the pictures! (BTW: With a new mobile with good cam you could even spare one more gear part; leaves more room for food (all pics - except the ones in the last post - I had posted were taken by my Samsung S5)


I really thought quicksand was going to be a much bigger issue in my life when I was little

Last edited by neni; 04-08-2015 at 02:12 AM.
neni is offline  
post #3 of 30 (permalink) Old 04-08-2015, 08:33 PM
Veteran Member
 
wrathfuldeity's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Bham
Posts: 5,304
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 171 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by deagol View Post
I am a bit nervous (well, maybe that isnít the best choice of wording). One reason is that when I asked if there was anything special to bring on this trip, he told me to bring a climbing harness and a rappel device, as we might be rappelling into the head of certain couloirs.. this is something I have never done before.
Don't forget the toliet paper . You'll be fine...but prepare for a spanking. Killz, Ale and crew handed me my ass last year at Stevens...best day ever.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
wrathfuldeity is offline  
post #4 of 30 (permalink) Old 04-12-2015, 09:24 PM Thread Starter
Veteran Member
 
deagol's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Front Range CO
Posts: 1,884
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 255 Post(s)
OK, just got home. we did not use the rappeling gear, but I did get some involuntary practice doing an ice axe (whippet) self arrest down a couloir.
I am pretty disappointed with the pictures from my camera, though. It's probably user error, but I did use snow mode...

1st's on this trip: coulouir climb, real life self arrest, topping out in full snow conditions on a 13er, riding off the actual summit on a 13er, topping out on a second 13er with sketchy as hell conversion to snowboard mode on a pile of sharp shifting rocks.

Quote:
Originally Posted by neni View Post
Have fun you two! Give cody a good hug
Hope, weather and snow condutions will play. Looking forward to the pictures! (BTW: With a new mobile with good cam you could even spare one more gear part; leaves more room for food (all pics - except the ones in the last post - I had posted were taken by my Samsung S5)
Hi Neni !!,

Cody was not with us on this trip... I need to get caught up on your AK thread when I have time to see the action !!



Quote:
Originally Posted by wrathfuldeity View Post
Don't forget the toliet paper . You'll be fine...but prepare for a spanking. Killz, Ale and crew handed me my ass last year at Stevens...best day ever.
He did talk fondly of Stevens pass. We had very low snow conditions and the presentations spoke of how historically warm (hot, actually) it has been there this winter. It is unprecedented. The low snow conditions did allow us to drive very far on the jeep road to access higher terrain, though..

Killclimbz has way better photo skills and a way better camera than I do, and maybe he will contribute a bit, but in the meantime, here are some of mine:

day 1

starting up the couloir


higher up


out of the choke


about to drop
Attached Images
File Type: jpg P4082246.jpg (115.9 KB, 201 views)
File Type: jpg P4082249.jpg (133.8 KB, 197 views)
File Type: jpg P4082251.jpg (107.5 KB, 200 views)
File Type: jpg P4082263.jpg (159.6 KB, 199 views)

Last edited by deagol; 04-12-2015 at 09:45 PM.
deagol is offline  
post #5 of 30 (permalink) Old 04-12-2015, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
Veteran Member
 
deagol's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Front Range CO
Posts: 1,884
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 255 Post(s)
day 2

starting up the road (skin track)


today's objective (tops out just over 13K')


used split-ski crampons for the climb, this is maybe half way up?


view from summit ridge, 14er in the distance


gear on top of cornice, notice fully submerged avalanche probe pole


Killclimbz climbing summit ridge to summit. We were psyched to get a 13er today!
Attached Images
File Type: jpg P4092278.jpg (104.4 KB, 199 views)
File Type: jpg P4092280.jpg (71.7 KB, 196 views)
File Type: jpg P4092283.jpg (89.0 KB, 200 views)
File Type: jpg P4092297.jpg (77.1 KB, 200 views)
File Type: jpg P4092298.jpg (82.9 KB, 198 views)
File Type: jpg P4092304.jpg (60.6 KB, 202 views)

Last edited by deagol; 04-12-2015 at 10:59 PM.
deagol is offline  
post #6 of 30 (permalink) Old 04-12-2015, 10:44 PM
Banned!
 
snowklinger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: L-Town
Posts: 6,957
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 299 Post(s)
nice dude!

Support Local Business
"Shop Smart. Shop S-Mart!" - Ash
snowklinger is offline  
post #7 of 30 (permalink) Old 04-13-2015, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
Veteran Member
 
deagol's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Front Range CO
Posts: 1,884
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 255 Post(s)
day 3
today's objective, summit is 13,086 feet in elevation


looking back at yesterday's line


changing from ski (splitboard) crampons to boot crampons here


Killclimbz (in red box on right) and rest of our crew working their way up the ridge



sketchy spot to transition to snowboard mode, there were no other options


summit view
Attached Images
File Type: jpg P4102317.jpg (95.3 KB, 182 views)
File Type: jpg P4102319.jpg (64.4 KB, 183 views)
File Type: jpg P4102321.jpg (112.7 KB, 179 views)
File Type: jpg P4102325-a.jpg (79.3 KB, 182 views)
File Type: jpg P4102329.jpg (196.5 KB, 186 views)
File Type: jpg P4102330.jpg (127.6 KB, 182 views)
deagol is offline  
post #8 of 30 (permalink) Old 04-14-2015, 01:39 AM
Banned!
 
snowklinger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: L-Town
Posts: 6,957
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 299 Post(s)
a little of vicarious living, don't mind me

Support Local Business
"Shop Smart. Shop S-Mart!" - Ash
snowklinger is offline  
post #9 of 30 (permalink) Old 04-14-2015, 09:40 AM Thread Starter
Veteran Member
 
deagol's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Front Range CO
Posts: 1,884
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 255 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by snowklinger View Post
a little of vicarious living, don't mind me
glad you found it interesting.. I have one more day to add...
deagol is offline  
post #10 of 30 (permalink) Old 04-14-2015, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
Veteran Member
 
deagol's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Front Range CO
Posts: 1,884
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 255 Post(s)
OK, so here was my scariest moment from the trip. after my 1st couloir ascent with boot crampons, my first descent with an ice axe (Whippet) followed. Within a few seconds, I needed it.


this occurred somewhere along the red line on the map.

Attached Images
File Type: jpg Clipboard01.jpg (12.0 KB, 186 views)
File Type: jpg couloir fall.jpg (124.8 KB, 186 views)

Last edited by deagol; 04-14-2015 at 12:08 PM.
deagol is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the Snowboarding Forum - Snowboard Enthusiast Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome