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Old 04-07-2015, 04:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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.
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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)
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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.
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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.

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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 !!



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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
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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!
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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
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glad you found it interesting.. I have one more day to add...
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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.

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