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  • #782355
    saign
    330 Posts

    I wasn’t sure if you were going to take the time to post here as well. Thanks again for pulling though the injury, and taking the time write up an awesome TR.

    Until next year…

    #782114
    saign
    330 Posts

    Now this is funky. Why is the video off center, and partially cut off on the left?

    #779542
    saign
    330 Posts

    Thanks cbalke. I couldn’t figure it out.

    Utah, We’ve been having a slow season but have been getting after it since late oct. BS broke his foot climbing over the summer, and has been taking it mellow, so no TR’s from him. Ale Capone can’t log on to the new forum or change his password (doesn’t have the same email he used to use) since the conversion, and I lost my gopro on the first trip to baker in oct and just replaced it.

    Hopefully everyone will have a good feb and we’ll all get some stoke flowing. I think the whole west coast could use a good month or two. It’s decent in the alpine here but the approaches are pretty brutal

    #779434
    saign
    330 Posts

    I’m pretty sure some rodent had piled a bunch of kindling and tinder under the boulder we camped under, and we scavenged a dead and fairly dry fallen tree that was close by. Both were a little moist, and a little smoky at first but as soon as it was cooking, not a problem. It was so warm in there, that I was standing in my thermals for a bit, to dry my liners etc

    #778906
    saign
    330 Posts

    I miss the “view new posts” button. Browsing all the forums for new stuff is a pain in the ass, clicking one button to review all the new posts was my go to.

    #778246
    saign
    330 Posts

    Bumping this back up. For the AK guys to chime in on conditions.

    I’ve been following the avy forecasts for Haines, Thompson pass, Hatcher pass, and Turnigan still leaving the anchorage area as a possibility. It looks like Turnagan has been really shitty, Thompson OK, and Hatchers OK and I talked to Drake the other day, he said the alpine around Haines was doing OK, not great, but not bad.

    Any locals like to share any beta about any of the above?

    Thanks

    #776940
    saign
    330 Posts

    Git Some!

    #776939
    saign
    330 Posts

    I’ve been following the avalanche forecast for Turnigan pass. http://www.cnfaic.org/

    They’ve got a shitty snowpack and a deep persistent layer right now. You may want to try and hook up with some locals before you go touring solo

    #692839
    saign
    330 Posts

    There was a photo in either October or November Transworld of T.Rice hitting the same line I believe.

    I will say Cody sends it like a straight up boss though.

    Ya, It floored me watching it! He slayed it!

    Rice got it first and it will be in his next film, big stink about in on another forum

    http://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php/283618-Cody-Townsend-snaked-my-line?p=4374208#post4374208

    #684729
    saign
    330 Posts

    done

    #678162
    saign
    330 Posts

    Rad! :headbang:

    I always look forward to your reports!

    I’m putting together a trip to either Haines, or something out of the “the new SLC” to do some glacier camping and touring. Would you mind if I hit you up sometime to pick your brain for beta?

    Thanks again for the stoke

    #678230
    saign
    330 Posts

    Thanks for the stoke.

    I’m going up there this year and weighing the options, so I’m loving the beta and photos.

    You could have had better snow, but you coulda also been hosed with nothing but storms, and no vis…

    #677246
    saign
    330 Posts

    @splitrippin wrote:

    You picked Ale as a cherry popper!….ooooof…yeah, choosing a guy that’s a full bore ski bum…He gets out a couple two – tree days a year. You had your work cut out for you.

    The one day I went out with Ale, Spicolli, and TEX was a full 5mile trek before we even started climbing….good dudes to roll with for sure!

    Only 5 miles….musta been warm up run

    #677148
    saign
    330 Posts

    Rad videos Neil,

    Just curious what was the motivation, or deciding factor to go to Anchorage the last two years after going to Haines the first, and saying you’re excited to go back to Haines?

    Was it a money thing, or weather, or just wanted to check out different zones or?

    Any advice on either destination?

    Thanks

    #677677
    saign
    330 Posts

    A skier told me this one on the lift once.

    what do you call a snowboarder who’s girlfriend broke up with him?…Homeless

    #677146
    saign
    330 Posts

    The crew’s still not set, and if we go for heli days we definitely want to fill it.

    So far it’s me and 1 other who’s not on the forum committed. BS was in, but broke his foot climbing right before he was about to head to new zealand, but that trip got cancelled. I’m pretty sure he’s still going to go, but it’s health permitting. Then I’ve got 2 others who are still on the fence. So I’ve been telling them it’s a first commit basis.

    Is it 4 or 5 to fill the bird?

    I’ll shoot you a PM

    #677142
    saign
    330 Posts

    Thanks for the input D-GREEN, I was hoping you would chime in.

    The more I look into it, the more Anchorage is sounding more favorable.

    As far as the glaciers, I’ve got all the gear and have been on glaciated routes, and terrain here in the Cascades (Rainier, Baker and Adams summits) but am no expert, and plan on practicing and preparing all winter.

    You are right, Plane drops=Glacier camping and that’s what we’ve been planning on doing from the get go. It was just in a previous post nwkayaker mentioned it not being as heavily glaciated as the high alpine in Haines.

    Anyways thanks again for all the suggestions, and please keep em coming!

    Flakes are starting to fly here, and I may be on some glaciers this weekend :thatrocks: .

    Maybe I should change the thread name to AK beta…

    #677136
    saign
    330 Posts

    Thanks for all the advise, It’s very appreciated.

    We’re not so much looking for roadside touring as the main goal, but more of something that is doable when it’s storming. I think we’re pretty set on doing a plane drop and camping as the main objective, and probably 1 (maybe 2) heli days if possible.

    We’re still not set on Haines, but the terrain there is definitely appealing. It would be nice if the terrain is less glaciated, the less hazard management the better. But some friends have gone to Thompson pass on a bad snow year, and it was pretty crappy until a storm came in on the last couple days and they got in one good day in the heli. While I know higher elevation could just mean bulletproof ice instead of low tide, I would kinda think that you could find something better up high than low. If it’s really bad, we’ll probably just head somewhere else.

    We’re definitely trying to avoid the crowds etc of tailgate.

    I have a question for the guys who have been in the heli:

    Which operation did you use, and if you had a full group, did you get to ride the gnar? Or were you farming turns on mellow slopes and taking picture of the gnar that surrounds. (when I say mellow slopes, I mean wide open runs, or something you could find in the a resort without the vert and being untracked

    Also If you did get to ride the goods, how long did it take to get there? Like did they test your skills on a warm up run then, once they see you can hang let you start pointing to peaks, or was it more structured, or?

    I know you’re only as good as the worst person in your group, and I’ve seen a lot of film/pics, and heard stories of getting dropped on stuff I wouldn’t want to pay that much for. So I’m curious to hear other peoples experiences.

    Thanks

    #677572
    saign
    330 Posts

    All avalanche fatalities really hurt, but for some reason this one resonates deep down. I didn’t know Liz personally, just friends of friends, but for some reason this one really hurts.

    She just seemed to love life, and love the mountains, I always enjoyed her reports, and just reminds me how fickle life is. In the mountains you’re always at risk.

    May she rest in peace

    #677130
    saign
    330 Posts

    Thanks for the recommendations.

    The tentative plan so far is to fly into Juneau and take the boat. We’re definitely on the dirtbag budget, going for 2 weeks hoping to be able get dropped and camp tour for around 5 days and maybe do a day of heli. So we’re probably looking to stay closer to where the planes are as opposed to the heli. We even thought of maybe renting an RV or van, when we were thinking of Valdez as well, we found them for pretty cheap out of Anchorage.

    I’ve heard elsewhere that a little ways into Canada there’s tree zones, with pillows and other goods right off the highway to tour when it’s storming, anybody have any experience with that? I’d also like to stay away from heli zones while touring if possible. That’s the point of the plane drop, and going to Haines instead of Valdez, but if there’s anything accessible from the road that I won’t have to worry about getting dropped in on, that would be prime.

    How’s the border crossing to the yukon? Is there one? I’m not really allowed in Canada, but I do have a passport, and know plenty of people who have slipped through at major border crossings, so I’m hoping it won’t be an issue up there.

    Thanks

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