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  • #612665
    joesnow
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    Cool tour guys! Thanks for inviting the token skier.
    And I still love how Breadbox fixed in on that rock, rode down the ridge and then sent it. Any chance someone can dig up that old photo from like 5 years ago when he sent it the first time?

    #605825
    joesnow
    46 Posts

    Don’t worry, I’ll post some shots of BCD riding his board on Gabb too. But beware, I may have shots of him skiing too!

    #596316
    joesnow
    46 Posts

    Epic conditions for Bloody! That’s a rare treat for this season, way to nail it.

    #596332
    joesnow
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    @bcd wrote:

    Waiting for the corn to turn to slush:

    That’s funny!

    I’m surprised you didn’t at least take a peak over the North face of False White (the side facing White). I thought there were some BCD options in that face, but probably not this year.

    Too bad we missed you on Sunday. We had fun getting sloppy seconds from the splitboard crew on Sonora. I’m looking forward to bcr and pj’s mega TR….coming soon hopefully.

    #590421
    joesnow
    46 Posts

    Dude – Don’t I do my part?!? We just need to get more days in this year together, you’ll feel like a star….

    #589675
    joesnow
    46 Posts

    In a strange way, this shot has the “Steeleman look”…..maybe the body posture?

    @steeleman wrote:

    Great work guys. Totally jealous, of course.

    #589548
    joesnow
    46 Posts

    Great shit, plateau Jim. That was some of the best 10 mins of video I’ve watched in a while. The mellow acoustic guitar riff over the mandatory hairball climbs, scoping of lines, etc. was really cool and original.

    Glad to see redemption on 3rd Pillar, as well as incredible untracked in Powerhouse. Thanks for taking it all the way to the end of the last little snowfinger…..although I think you could have milked it just a little further on the 3rd Pillar out. 😉

    #589385
    joesnow
    46 Posts

    @bcd wrote:

    I think the snow/rock linkups are going to be the hot new trend in the Sierra this summer. You gonna climb that thing with skis on your back?

    I think we’ll leave the skis on the plateau and just use them for the approach and ski back to Saddlebag. I know it woud make for some bitchen pictures to see dudes gripping the West Ridge granite with skis strapped to their packs, but the climbing itself will be a challenge enough for me…..and if so inspired I’ll photo-shop those motha’s in before I post my pics.

    Jimbo – I was just thinking this morning about when I could get to North Peak to hit the NE Couloir. Maybe in a week or so. This is from a couple of weeks ago from a ways North.

    #589382
    joesnow
    46 Posts

    @towelie wrote:

    Can’t believe how much coverage is still left on the southerly faces like north peak. fantastic year!!!

    Hey BCD –
    Did you get an eyeful of the West Ridge route on Conness? Is there any snow on the climbing route? We’ve got a multisport mission planned and could use any beta you’ve got.

    This is a very envy inducing TR you bastardz!

    #588917
    joesnow
    46 Posts

    Nice PJ. Did the Robinson Creek approaches seem utterly brutal without snow? And how does one go about speaking to a Yeti?

    Here are a couple of shots of another splitboarder in the same great lines off of Horse Creek Peak from last Spring (looks like you had a bit more of a cornice to deal with):

    #588798
    joesnow
    46 Posts

    I believe the whole line is shown in this picture from last year, yes?

    Congrats, again.

    #588783
    joesnow
    46 Posts

    Here’s a few more shots for anyone who hasn’t cruised the whole TR:

    One of my faves:

    Voodoo showing the kids that there are many mountains to ski and ride outside the resort boundaries:

    More of the good stuff:

    After that first little bowl, we dropped the Ma Nature groomed 1/4 pipe gully the long East Face:

    Another favorite – skier, dog (on the deck) and snowboarder (in the pipe):

    Mountain Voodoo showing the kids how it’s done (but he wasn’t riding his splitboard):

    One of my best days in the mountains – EVER!

    #588566
    joesnow
    46 Posts

    Cool Trip! You guys nailed a sweet line on Jacks. I think your route from Dicks to Jacks is a good choice. Steeleman and I did Jacks to Dicks and had a gripping episode of skinning across that South face of Dicks in a snowy cloud cap on firmish snow. One of these days we’ll post our pictures of that weekend.

    Tallac looks brutal.

    #588488
    joesnow
    46 Posts

    In case not everyone is up on their ski mountaineering history…..The Mendel has only been skied by three folks – Chris Landry in 1980(?) and Andrew McLean and Mark Holbrook in 1998. Pretty good company, eh?
    BCD repeated a very covetted line that has only been skied twice (as far as I know) by guys who’ve been made famous for their ski mountaineering accomplishments.

    And if you read McLean’s description, he skied it from about the same place as BCD. So I don’t think this should be called an attempt….either that or McLean and Holbrook only “attempted” the line also.

    Over a four day weekend, Mark Holbrook and I flew from SLC down to Reno, drove to Bishop, CA and spent three days skiing around the Evolution Range in the Sierras. The main attraction was the Right Mendel Couloir (highly recommended by many sadistic friends), but we ended up having a wide variety of excellent conditions throughout the trip.

    We started with an overnight stay at Allan Bard’s house, then spent most of the next day slogging in to the base of the peaks. The conditions perfectly conspired to gloam huge wads of snow onto our skins (despite siliconing them before hand) which made the 6-8 mile approach especially soul searching. Adding to that was our unfamiliarity with the area, which made for lots of map reading, GPS consulting and generally going taking a less than optimal line to the basin. One really great aspect about approaching Mt. Mendel from Lamark Col is that you literally don’t see it until the last few feet of climbing, then suddenly it fills your entire view. It’s a stunning and intimidating way to get started!

    After a night of camping, we set out through some boot-top deep recrystalized powder and made our way into the Mt. Mendel cirque. The initial apron was about 800′ of creamy powder that topped out at about 45 degrees. This lead into the actual chute, which was/is a narrow slot that splits a huge rock face. This descent was first done 20 years ago by Chris Landry and we figured that with the massive snowpack California was having this year, it would be in as good a shape as ever. The couloir was about 750′ of 50-55 degree snow magically adhering to green ice. I don’t know why it stuck, but as long as it did, that was all that mattered. We ended up climbing most of it with self arrest grips, but about 2/3 of the way up ran into some ice and ended up using ice tools. The final 100′ to the summit was blocked with rocks and loose snow, so we dug a little launch platform, placed an anchor to keep from falling off while putting our skis on and stepped into our AT gear. Knowing that green ice and rocks lurked inches below the smooth covering of powder made the first turns especially sporty. About halfway down the couloir we hung a rope over a 50′ section of exposed ice and used it for a hand line until we were back into deeper snow. The normal crux of the climbing route, an ice bulge near the mouth of the couloir, was completely filled in with snow and we were able to make linked turns past the fixed anchors. After skiing about half of the lower apron in tight little turns, I opened it up and made big sweepers to the bottom to try and carry some speed up to the top of a small knoll. Looking back to see if Mark was following suit, I saw him make a few turns, then straight shot the lower third of the bowl, leaving a streaming plume of snow hanging in the air as he flew by me at the base – an excellent finish to a wild run!

    After this, we hiked up a beautiful little couloir to the viewers far right of the Mendel and had a great 1,000′ shot as the sun started to set. After another night of camping, we woke up, skinned, booted and groaned our way to the top of Mt. Darwin and had an incredible 2,000′ shot of creamy powder back to the tent.

    Later that day we packed up, climbed back out over Lamark Col and had a speedy 6 mile corn ride all the way back down to North Lake. Of course, as luck would have it, they had opened the road since we started up a few days earlier, so we had an extra mile or so of downhill poling in mush to get back to our car.

    #588483
    joesnow
    46 Posts

    RIGHT ON DAN! That thing looks ridiculous from within.
    I was just about to drop you a note to see if you’d ventured back there like you mentioned last week. Then I see this series of pictures….holy shit….I’m stoked for ya!

    #588411
    joesnow
    46 Posts

    DD – we think alike. The Freel to Trimmer link up is the ticket. That area is very cool, but definitely heavy on the approach side. I’ve spent a lot more time there in the summer on foot or mountain bike than on skis in the winter. Mountain Voodoo and I are going to fix that problem, hopefully.

    We did ski Jobs Sister to Star Lake last Spring – one of Tahoe’s better runs. Took advantage of the bullwheel to get back there and definitely worthwhile.
    Here’s a picture:

    and here’s a link to the whole TR:
    Jobs Sister

    Thanks for the cool TR.

    #588407
    joesnow
    46 Posts

    Good work Dishwasher Dave. Looks like a solo venture? Did you come back down through Fountain Place / Oneidas or High Meadows / Cold Creek?

    BCR – I thought you were tied up this weekend.?. Man of Steele and I had a Deso Traverse epic starting with Ralston on Saturday, finishing at Emerald Bay late yesterday. You may have even followed our skin tract to Ralstonia, and parked by Rich’s car. Definitely every weather condition imaginable, including the white blindness on top of lofty summits that you guys experienced.

    #588018
    joesnow
    46 Posts

    Helluva day!

    I don’t know about the rest of y’all, but I’ve been jonesing for some bcr videos this year. A short in his video camera has kept it out of order, unless bcr gives it the old white knuckle squeeze. So the stills from his trips have been killer, but where’s the video? Well I decided to give it a go. It’s a far cry from the quality of flick he produces, but at least there’s lots of footage of him rippin’ the pow on the other side of the lense. Gimpy and Powderjunkie also star, with a few appearances by myself.

    Click Here…..hope this works:

    http://www.sierraflow.com/April%20Fools%20AVI-1.wmv

    p.s. thanks for all the help with the formatting, bcr!

    #587822
    joesnow
    46 Posts

    @bcd wrote:

    One of the best pics I’ve seen in a while. Looking south down the Minerats, right?

    #587386
    joesnow
    46 Posts

    Damn, your camera is way better than mine. 2nd lap looked deep. Nice segment on the Hogsback effort too. Can you believe it’s a helluva a lot deeper now than Saturday!?! It’s official, Miracle March is back after 15 years in hiding.

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