So I had a crew of 6-8 ppl down to go to TGAK 2014 and they've pretty much all bailed on the trip. Question is, is it worth it to go alone? I can afford it but is it worth it to go without a sled or friends? I won't know anyone there. I suspect I'll be able to make friends and/or group up with randoms for heli time, cat rides, sled rides, etc
If you're friendly and outgoing you'll probably be able to meet plenty of people.
but I hear that on blue days it can be tough to line up cat or heli rides due to high demand. Slednecks will probably be plentiful and willing to haul me up here and there for a few bucks
I'm sure the first part is true. The second might be, I don't know. The whole idea of the festival is to get people riding, so I don't think you'll have too much trouble. If it would be useful to you otherwise and within your budget, a splitboard might be a good thing to have as well.
but that's not somewhere anyone with half a brain would ever want to ride alone.
I ride Thompson Pass solo, and know plenty of other people who do as well. Pay attention to stability conditions and make conservative decisions and you'll probably be fine if you ride backcountry lines elsewhere. Tailgate seems to do a good job with avy education, so I wouldn't worry too much about it if you stay within your own limits and pay attention to your surroundings. And anyways, on a bluebird day during Tailgate you're never really alone at the Pass. There are a ton of people up there all the time.
Riding up there is a dream of mine but without ppl to go with, is it worth it? I'm not worried about downtime on grey days, more worried about being able to meet ppl to ride with safely when the sun comes out. If anyone is thinking the same thing and wants to go but your friends are lame and don't have the balls to make the trip, let me know.
If your friends just can't go this year but could go next year, maybe save your money and wait it out. If they're just being weenies, then go on your own or find someone who isn't lame to go with.