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  • #580192
    jolson05
    22 Posts

    Let’s get this thread started…

    To all of you “Go Getters”, here’s to a safe and fun ’14/’15 season. Go out and get after it.

    #677729
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    @jolson05 wrote:

    To all of you “Go Getters”, here’s to a safe and fun ’14/’15 season. Go out and get after it.

    +1

    FWIW I’m trying to keep my stoke level low for now, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t holding out hope that come Sunday afternoon I might make a few turns of the ole woody on a certain grassy slope in BCC.

    Aside from that, there are many mountain pursuits left to do until the snow flies, so I’m stoked with or without. More than anything I’m grateful beyond words that my health is starting to come back.

    Oops, sorry I digress… Let it snow!!!!!!!!

    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #677730
    KR
    159 Posts

    Winter sort of came to the Wasatch this weekend.

    So, we did what had to be done:

    Not a whole lot of snow up there. With high pressure back, it could all go to facets and we’ll have avalanches on that in February.

    Oh, well, this Fall has been freaking gorgeous!

    #677731
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    Nice work Kelly!

    I’ve been up trail running nearly everyday since the storm and yup, it’s already facets…

    TUES
    Desolation/West Deso

    Crest Trail

    THURS
    Gobble, gobble

    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #677732
    mar123
    370 Posts

    hey its about that time… 😀 ^^^ wow, already got some turns and pics :clap:

    miiiigggghhht go for a walk on Sunday, we’ll see

    #677733
    KR
    159 Posts

    miiiigggghhht go for a walk on Sunday, we’ll see

    What about some sort of informal coffee preseason splitboard whiskey transceiver meet-up gathering on Sunday, regardless of snow amounts?

    We could walk and talk, do some beacon drills, maybe make some turns, and generally give each other a bunch of high-fives. :headbang:

    Any takers?

    Also, who’s going down to Publik Coffee Roasters for “The Little Things” on Saturday?

    Let it snow!

    #677734
    mar123
    370 Posts

    I’ll be there…sounds good!

    #677735
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    I’m a maybe on both, might go tripp’n to the the desert.

    Kelly, any thoughts on the whereabouts for Sunday?

    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #677736
    KR
    159 Posts

    Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!!

    How about bottom of LCC at 7 or 8, or meet in the Albion Basin parking lot at 8 or 9?

    And, I was just looking at forecasted temps… I don’t think there’ll be much standing around for beacon drills.

    http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=40.5868423908791&lon=-111.64443969726562&site=slc&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text#.VGT4BPnF_9U

    #677737
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    I could be in for a meet up tomorrow. Looks like a cold fishing day, so sliding around and playing with my beacon might be a better bet.

    #677738
    UTAH
    830 Posts

    I didn’t have plans to go up but got bored around 12. Planned on a snowshoe but brought the board just in case. Much more than expected, however the whole upper north facing llc is currently shut down to uphill traffic, which is basically the only possible place you could ride right now. Stuck to groomers and snowmobile tracks but guys were out bombing shit for sure. Snow was about 1-2ft + total, new was maybe about a foot of light density snow. Not enough of a slab to produce avalanches but increased winds tonight might load the faceted weak layer at the bottom, but not likely.

    Enjoyed this perspective especially as we slowly add weight to the pack. Also a good comparison to the LCC and BCC/Park city ridgeline/Uintahs and how how last year went.
    http://utahavalanchecenter.org/blog-storm-analysis-change-swe
    Take care.

    #677739
    KR
    159 Posts

    Thanks for the report UTAH!

    Update for tomorrow morning for all you splitboarders out there…

    Meeting at 9 in the Albion parking lot by the gate. Probably just going to skin up the summer road and see what it all looks like. Not really planning on riding much, but it’ll be good to stretch the legs. I’ll bring some extra beacons if we want to practice.

    Depending on numbers, maybe we’ll split into two groups.

    See you all up there!

    #677740
    UTAH
    830 Posts

    It was great to meet up with everyone today. My pics from the day.



    I was wrong about the avalanches, although seemed like the guys that were triggering slides were trying pretty hard. Overnight winds picked up.


    Take care.

    #677741
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    Kelly, thanks for initiating this meet-up, I had a good time :guinness:
    So good to meet some more forum folks in person and reconnect with old friends. Excited to do it again soon.

    A few skinning/scenics pics…

    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #677742
    KR
    159 Posts

    Yep, just a great day with quite a crew of splitboarders, thanks for making it happen everyone! :thumpsup:

    A picture from upper Albion after breaking off:

    The grassy groomers rode pretty nice actually, with a base that seemed relatively supportive up there. I don’t think any of us hit rocks, but we definitely rode cautiously.
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    I didn’t get any pictures of a snow profile up high, but in our group it looked like this:

    15cm of Fist hard 1-2mm facets on the groud, capped by some sort of temperature crust that was on the lesser side of 1 cm thick. The crust had some smaller facets right underneath it.

    There was another 35 cm new snow on top of that, which was sort of acting ‘slabby’. On three instances in an informal quick hand pit, a single column failed repeatedly, on the facets below the crust, all on isolation (with my ski poles).

    We also got quite a few small localized collapses above 9500 feet.

    Man, I think that if there was a big storm happening tomorrow that deposited a decent slab, there would be lots of big avalanches.

    Anyone else up there today? 😀

    #677743
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    After breaking off, our group experienced nearly identical snow structure and localized collapsing above 9K’, with a few differences due to aspect and added elevation.

    Notably, our ascent took us onto NE/E where in some places a lot of snow had accumulated (up to 3′) along minor cliff bands adjacent to Cecret Lake. At 10.5K’ the wind was very strong and in places had created unbreakable wind board and/or scoured the ground bare.

    All of the snow being moved by the cats was instantly being frozen, making for a rough ride. Lower down the snow was quite nice, if a bit shark infested – stay vigilant out there folks.

    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #677744
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    rad looks like a gorgeous day! sorry I missed it, but I am stubborn and wanted to chase fish around. 14degrees when I got to the river but still got a few eats. Stoked to get back on the planks soon! hope to see all you guys in the near future.

    #677745
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    We missed you brother, Nice catch!

    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #677746
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    Looking good for Sunday through Tuesday fun :clap:

    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #677747
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    Also first wasatch skimo race is Thanksgiving morning. Kind of has become my tradition to get the season started although I usually have 5 tour under my belt before I do it. this year i’ll be coming straight off the couch so that should be eye opening. these events are bad ass and they have always been really open to splitboarders attending. Hope to see a lot of you up there.

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