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Old 04-02-2012, 11:19 AM   #11 (permalink)
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thanks for the rad pics and what a cute doggie!!! at the mad max car. I know exactly what you mean. My car runs fine but it's beat up enough to where I get hassled often. I think I only need to fix three things to make it "legal"
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:47 PM   #12 (permalink)
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"Dog" and ford falcon with a blown v8...Ale's dog should have not even let the officer out of his patrol car .
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:51 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I did promise more pics right?

After doing three days straight, we took a rest day for Tuesday and got back after it on Wednesday. A lot of snow had fallen Tuesday-Wed morning so avalanche danger was a bit of a concern. We decided to look for more tree protected lines and stuff to screw around on. Our day began with a skin through the bustlin' megalopolis of the town of Yodelin. We made a quick stop by the old train tunnel to do a little "urban" snowboarding. YC eyeing up the tunnel pillow line.

and sending it.


We then continued on up the drainage that loops around the back side of Heather Ridge. Ale crossing a snow bridge.

Not wanting to push our luck we chose a short skin to a low consequence line to check out stability. Plus there were more pillows to smash.


There were tons of pillows lower down too.


We found another feature to play with on our next lap.


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Old 04-02-2012, 01:16 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Then we got into the "Lost Helmet" couloir. Why is it called lost helmet? I lost my helmet on the skin up. Fell out of the carry on my back. Make a note, if you are using a helmet carry on your pack, make sure to clip the helmet so that it can't fall off. Not a huge deal except that I lost my helmet cam mount. Fortunately I did pack the goggle mount that I got to use for the rest of the trip. We lapped the couloir one more time to try to find the helmet, but the steep terrain took it to who knows where. If you are hiking behind Yodelin this summer and find a helmet that has a sticker on it that says "Telemarking is Stupid" please shoot me a pm...

Lost Helmet Couloir was powdery goodness though.








Thursday, the Duke of Delridge joined up with us for a tour on Heather Ridge. The avy danger had dropped down considerably since the day before, so we got a little more aggressive with our terrain choice.

We shuttled a vehicle to Yodelin so that we wouldn't have to return to the ski area or hitch hike at the end of the day. So while waiting YC and I had some time to kill. Did I mention the snow is ridiculously deep there?

YC made some fine snow art while we were waiting...

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Old 04-02-2012, 01:21 PM   #15 (permalink)
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The Duke with the point.

The group making their way up the steep skin.

Then of course we got back to snowboarding.


The duke...



Ale started to creep out to the spine line we had done earlier in the week. The snow really started moving up top and was sluffing hard off of the cliff.

Kicking off another slab avalanche below.


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Old 04-02-2012, 01:31 PM   #16 (permalink)
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That was enough warning for us. Ale and YC both took a more conservative line down the spine.

The apron below was nice though.


Then it was another skin and a group photo from a nice sunny spot on top of Heather Ridge.

The scenery was okay once again.

Then we did that snowboard thing again.


The exit out to Yodelin was long. I also managed to get some first hand experience with a tree well. Those things suck. I didn't have quite enough speed to trough it. Fortunately YC was there to give me a hand getting out. With out his help, I might have been in trouble.

Friday was just Ale, YC, and myself. We decided to take the ridge out over moonlight bowl. Made for a nice skin.


Plenty of surface hoar had been growing with the clear nights and cold temps.

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Old 04-02-2012, 01:38 PM   #17 (permalink)
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The ridge out was just fantastic.


The snow was even better.





After some serious billy goating over some some scary cliffs, we found our opening and made some of the best wide open turns of the trip. Ale, plowing the powder trail.


It was out through Yodelin one more time after that. We got one more day in on Saturday, but the light broke flat, and the temps had warmed up. This was the only day where pics just didn't come out great. If it had of been at the beginning of the trip, I would have considered the conditions good. Being at the end of the trip and all of the blower we had, it was just "meh". We did a one and done and closed out a great trip.

Big thanks to Ale for being an awesome tour guide. No way my trip would have been nearly as excellent without his services.

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Old 04-02-2012, 04:39 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Awesome trip report, thanks for that.

Can I ask what kind of camera you have?
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Old 04-02-2012, 05:24 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I'm shooting with a Nikon D5100 SLR. I have a tele photo and the standard 18-55 lens that most camera kits come with. It also shoots 1080 vid, but I barely used that function on this trip.
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Nice pics! Again, wish my schedule would have worked out to coincide with better avalanche conditions. It was dicey that Thursday.

Reading this description, I have that scene from "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" when John Candy and Steve Martin get pulled over by that cop in their burned out car.....

The funny thing is that Max is not far off from that car...
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