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  • #576502
    bs.
    246 Posts

    after a few lengthy day tours bracketed by headlamp skinning, we decided it was time to cut the nonsense and set up a camp. er, actually, i just complained about the approach and then went to work, while scott built and furnished the fine accommodations. when i heard that he was bringing a group up for an inaugural weekend, i quickly invited myself…

    only 4.5 miles from the road… no reason to pack light!

    home sweet home

    checking out the back yard at dusk.

    not exactly roughing it.

    dinner’s on in the kitchen.

    starting work on the “guest room”.

    phil approves!

    hey look, it snowed!

    hmmm… still snowing…

    what’s this?

    “he who digs the first snow cave shall get the first tracks”

    enjoying a steep run as the conditions slowly devolve from “awesome” to “kinda scary”.

    pow

    that was fun, now what’s for dinner?

    happiness is…

    the guest cave featured a side tunnel to a rushing stream… it’s pretty surreal to sleep under a rock under the snow while listening to the echo of water rushing by under you.

    looks like it snowed some more.

    this beats melting snow for water, as long as you aren’t the one who has to go down the hole.

    off in search of stable snow.

    not much to be found, so we settled for some trail breaking and exploring.

    this little 300 foot shot was about the only thing we rode, but then again, it was a pretty catastrophic day…

    we’ll be back.

    it just wouldn’t be right to leave this valley by daylight.

    time to start digging.

    #652696
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Very nice!

    #652697
    ale_capone
    864 Posts

    Sick Ben!

    I had to go back up for my phone… 😳

    ended up getting bluebird and a couple short laps in south cloud bowl, then went up north cloud bowl to watch the sunset and ride alepenglowpow…

    did some work on the kitchen before hitting the sack.

    Stayed the night and in the am went back up north cloud and dropped the next path to the north and had great snow riding to the lake outlet!! missed a non stop by about 50 yds.. I know where to get some looong safe tree runs next time. above north end of lake, west facing… look at you pano from sparkplug.

    you know tomorrow starts powder month?

    #652698
    powderjunkie
    1669 Posts

    :thumpsup: epic cave :thumpsup:

    glad you guys played it safe.

    #652699
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    :headbang: Looks like a rad adventure, well done!

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    #652700
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    Nice Job guys. When will Scott be installing the pizza oven? Thats all thats missing now

    hey, whats the nightly rate on that thing and where do we make reservations?

    #652701
    Huck Pitueee
    145 Posts

    That looks too fun!

    #652702
    aliasptr
    282 Posts

    Damn that looks like a good time!

    #652703
    bs.
    246 Posts

    we went back a week ago to scope out the carnage from the recent rain-on-snow avy cycle and check on the cave.

    the approach trail was obliterated by massive debris piles. maybe i don’t regret every day that i was at work this season.

    after dropping supplies at the cave, kyle checks out the “backyard”.

    darkness is coming… but fortunately this run ends at the front door.


    recognizing the subtle signs of snowpack instability, we opted to spend the next morning working on the entrance tunnel.

    the master craftsman at work, building some kitchen cupboards.

    #652704
    buckchow
    356 Posts

    Sweet accommodations you got there. W/ running water? Too cool.

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