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  • #779254
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    in case anyone was wondering the maybird exit sucks.

    #779310
    mej
    81 Posts

    I was wondering Dan! I rode the south face of Chipman (thankfully before these guys got there http://slcsherpa.blogspot.com/) and it was a variable mess that was much better on the board than it was on my buddy’s skimo setup. We had thought about doing the line from White Pine and then climbing out and skiing Maybird to the road but I figured the Maybird gully wouldn’t be in so we just approached from Alpine. The sun was strong enough to thaw all the crusts but it didn’t make it much better. We need snow.

    Chipman

    #779365
    SwitchBack
    136 Posts

    The sun finally came out so I checked out a new area up north. There was a good amount of snow all the way to the trailhead at 5600. To avoid the suck fest of climbing though a steep narrow creek, I climbed a ridge and dropped in the basin on facetty powder.

    Did some skinning on the hoof track.

    I was a really nice warm day to be outside.
    Lone Peak and the SL Twins wayyy back there.

    The ride down was fake corn up top and facets/stale powder in the half pipe. I was probably an hour late as far as planning around the sun but still soft and fun.

    I got greedy and traveled a good ways down the creek until it started flowing again and had no choice but to bushwhack down the creek. Very character building. It was a 2+hr exit. Oh well.

    #779440
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    Rad zone Switchback!
    Mej- Chipman is high on my list, great photo. The lower half of maybird is frozen water ice, running water, scrub and full of holes that you don’t want to fall in. I mean it’s not the absolute worst put I think just traversing or slapping the skins on and heading back to red pine is a better option. Also Little cotton wood creek has a fair amount of water in it for this time of year.

    John and I climbed the North Ridge of the Pfeifferhorn on Sat planning on hitting the NW couloir. However near the top 1/3rd of the climb the winds started nuking and vis went to shit. Everything got coated in rime and we just bailed down the east ridge/maybird headwall to get the fuck out.

    photo credit: John

    Saturday we assembled a particularly perverse groups of dudes and I dragged everyone back down south. Rode a great 2k line in some of the best snow i’ve been in for a bit. Thanks to everyone for putting up with the slog and beach like temps. Always fun to stand on top of shit looming thousand of feet above the city.

    #779450
    THESYSTEMSPLIT
    88 Posts

    Nice job WS! Second pic is a …I wanna be there now! kinda pic. Third pic…. holy wetback! That sucks to get your outer shell that wet.

    #779493
    UTAH
    830 Posts

    Super cool zone Switchback really enjoy reading about your off the beaten path adventures. Wasatch, crushing it with the gnar this year makes me want to get back into some hardboots but I’ll stick to the mellower mountaineering objectives Sridge in the summer is more than enough for me.

    mej, no doubt I have nightmares where I’m about to summit some beautiful peak with an untouched classic line right at my finger tips and then 8 dudes in tights and neon roll up right before we reach the top and snake the line. Very probable for that to happen in the Wasatch these days. When you gonna get some tights anyways. Take care

    #779503
    SwitchBack
    136 Posts

    #779601
    WhitePine
    503 Posts

    With the recent discussions on Uphill Policies at resorts, I went to read up on Brighton’s Policy last night. Turns out they just updated it. It’s more explicit to eliminate confusion. Hopefully, no one here has to spend too much time inbounds. One of the new requirements is that “all uphill travelers are required to wear full-body lycra”. Kinda weird, but whatever. Guess I need to go shopping. Great segway into one of my favorite Arrested Development quotes.

    “Excuse me, do these effectively hide my thunder?” – Dr. Tobias Funke

    http://www.brightonresort.com/mountain/ski-patrol/brighton-resort-uphill-travel-plan/

    #780064
    WhitePine
    503 Posts

    Gonna be 60° on Thursday. The bike is coming out. Fingers crossed for a pattern change prior to the Splitfest.

    #780178
    mej
    81 Posts

    Rode Bonkers this morning. Much better than expected, with fast, smooth dense pow down to the apron. Hint of heat crust at the bottom. About 15 minutes of walking in Broads to start. Wind was blasting a huge plume off the top of the Twins so we bailed on the summit. Bonkers was strangely quiet wind-wise, with only some wind effect in the upper-half and no suspect wind drifts. I expect that the wind-effect is only getting worse as the day goes on. Tomorrow should be meager at best.

    #780195
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    Wow I forgot it was winter 😉 Way to stay committed Matt!

    When you say walking, do you mean ‘not’ skinning? Trail running has become my pow surrogate, so I’m curious about the trail to the beaver pond.

    Cheers!

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

    #780200
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    I have bailed on the last 3 out of 4 planned touring trips lack of motivation due to it being almost fucking 70. Gonna go climb in the desert tomorrow. hopefully it snows again one day.

    Doug- i’ve run shoreline a few times, what are the millcreek conditions looking like? I need to get out and stretch my legs.

    #780201
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    Dan – I’ve thought about touring a handful of times, but saved myself the trouble of sweating balls in clown shoes and snow clothes and didn’t…

    Pipeline 95% snow free below Birch Hollow. Above, there are occasional stretches of ice (I carry spikes for the worst). The weird thing is, protected north facing Terraces trail is bare except for the bomber descent at Elbow Fork (spikes!). Ran it in t-shirt and shorts last night! Turned the garden beds in shorts and flip flops this morning and had to ditch my shirt as well, perfectly normal, not weird at all… Carry on….

    Anyone with disposable income interested in big swallowtails? (only half joking)

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

    #780424
    SwitchBack
    136 Posts

    The “1 week since last post” for this page was getting depressing so here are some pictures from todays walk through Twin Peaks Wilderness Area.

    I ran into somebody’s summer home while bushwhacking.

    The wind and sun have had there way with the drainage.

    Found some cat tracks at the saddle along side the coyote tracks. Big bobcat or small cougar I think.

    Both were probably up there to take in the view.

    I thought about taking my first trip down stairs gulch but I chose the long hike out over the bushwhack of an unknown magnitude of suckness.

    Ended up being a good choice. Softest/driest turns in God knows how long. Beautiful day to be in the mountains. I was able to boot all the way to the beaver ponds and continuous snow started about 5 minutes before the creek crossing. 🙁

    #780478
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    Went south to backpack Zion and explore the Virgin River Gorge, wasted a quarter tank of petrol on the road back by going to have a gander at the Tushars

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

    #780482
    WhitePine
    503 Posts

    @snurfer, would you really call that a waste?

    #780486
    bcall8
    125 Posts

    Went south to backpack Zion and explore the Virgin River Gorge, wasted a quarter tank of petrol on the road back by going to have a gander at the Tushars

    Me and some buddies were thinking of heading to the tushars this week from down south. Did it look like there were any aspects up high worth riding? That pic looks like the snow is gone.

    #780505
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    @snurfer, would you really call that a waste?

    Yes, I’m not a big fan of driving in general and even less of fan of frivolous fuel consumption (personal choice not an outward indictment of what others choose to do). Besides that whole area (Beaver) gave me the creeps.

    Me and some buddies were thinking of heading to the tushars this week from down south. Did it look like there were any aspects up high worth riding? That pic looks like the snow is gone.

    That is up high, I took the photo from the pass at 10K’. Unless you plan on walking up and riding those patches of snow there isn’t much to be had down there. Perhaps the north facing is better but that is going to be one helluva a walk just to find out.

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

    #780555
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    rumors of a pattern change are being whispered from those in the know. maybe a little bit of fresh for splitfest.

    #780585
    UTAH
    830 Posts

    Don’t do that to me surf, I’m very fragile right now. I don’t want to have to give you a straight edge beat down at splitfest because you were wrong. On the edge man.

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