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killclimbz 10-29-2012 01:15 PM

TR: Cameron Pass
 
Where: Cameron Pass
Date: October 27-28 2012
Conditions: AWESOME!

Man I have been jealous of areas West of me. Tahoe gets nearly five feet, the PNW has gotten their fair share, then Powder Mountain gets over 40". The spots near me maybe got 8" out of this storm cycle. Dust on rocks. I then caught a post about Cameron Pass above Fort Collins getting around 20". They got the lion's share of the previous system too. We loaded up on Saturday and went and hit it. Snowing fairly hard all day and the conditions were excellent. I went back for seconds with another buddy on Sunday and it was nuking the whole time we were there. Not sure how long it lasted. The roads were wet when we drove up and they were very heavily snow packed on the way home. I think it's probably pretty good up there today. Here are the pics from the weekend. Enjoy.

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killclimbz 10-29-2012 01:17 PM

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y9/...2/DSC_0416.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y9/...2/DSC_0430.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y9/...2/DSC_0466.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y9/...2/DSC_0516.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y9/...2/DSC_0537.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y9/...2/DSC_0528.jpg
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http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y9/...2/DSC_0572.jpg

I think I'll go back for thirds...

linvillegorge 10-29-2012 01:28 PM

Very nice. Glad it was worth it, because damn that drive sucks.

Kilgore Trout 10-29-2012 05:47 PM

Looks like fun!

However, the two planked snowboard you are riding is confusing to me...

brownSnow 10-29-2012 09:10 PM

how high a hike was that approx? great to see u guys getting it so early in the season (hope it's coming our way soon)

killclimbz 10-30-2012 06:31 AM

Yeah sorry about the wanker planker pics. I'm the one rocking the DSLR and everyone I was with were rocking skis. Hence the ski pics. I do have some POV footy that I need to edit. Hopefully I'll get a chance to do it by the end of the week.

The hike in according to the guide book is about 2 miles. Which seems correct. The vertical climbed isn't huge. Maybe 1400 vertical feet? The peak elevation is just over 11,700ft. We got to our first drop in under 2 hours. In mid season shape, it probably takes just over an hour to get to the top of South Diamond.

This biggest problem with the area is avalanche danger. It's pretty serious in that area. Right now the snow hasn't slabbed up, so the risk of it propagating is pretty low. In a few weeks, it's probably going to be fairly suicidal to be up on the Diamond. Generally speaking it's early season and late season only on that Peak. It's taken quite a few lives over the years.

killclimbz 10-30-2012 06:46 AM

It's just different, not better or worse than anywhere else. When the alpine stuff is off limits, there is other stuff to do that more than makes up for that loss. Timing is everything as usual.

ShredLife 10-30-2012 09:53 AM

dude if you're lugging a dslr into the BC for those shots you should really really consider looking at some of the new csc cameras - sony nex series and the olympus em5. aps-c sensors on the sonys, the olympus is weather sealed, they all use interchangable lenses, you can use your canon or nikon glass - or your old leica if you have that kind of stuff, and they will fit in your pocket with a pancake lens on.

i believe these cameras are the future for backcountry...

linvillegorge 10-30-2012 10:00 AM

I really looked hard at those Sony NEX cameras last year when I bought a new camera, but the I'm just not big enough into photography to benefit from that type of camera, nor do I want to spend the money on additional lenses and lug them around.

I ended up going with this:

Sony Cyber-shot HX100V Preview - Best Superzoom camera yet?

Does everything that I need it to do and more. I have enough hobbies (read: money pits) already without adding DSLR photography to the list. :p

killclimbz 10-30-2012 10:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ShredLife (Post 532571)
dude if you're lugging a dslr into the BC for those shots you should really really consider looking at some of the new csc cameras - sony nex series and the olympus em5. aps-c sensors on the sonys, the olympus is weather sealed, they all use interchangable lenses, you can use your canon or nikon glass - or your old leica if you have that kind of stuff, and they will fit in your pocket with a pancake lens on.

i believe these cameras are the future for backcountry...

I've looked into them. I do like the super high frame rates. 18fps for most of them? That is ridiculous. The biggest problem is they do not have an optical view finder. Makes them great for shooting scenery and such. Action? Not nearly as good. I'll stick with the DSLR.


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