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 Post subject: VALDEZ!!!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 12:50 pm 
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...field-tested & alaskan approved (at least that's what their stickers say).

OK, 2 weeks in "The Mecca" and this is what I came back with. 73 photos here and not many "action" shots but hopefully a couple that might wake you up and make ya wanna poop.

Day 1 at our new camp, yay!
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and it snowed out
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Day 2 we rode up The Worthington Glacier to Acopolco
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and climbed
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to some steeps
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then we brapped around a little
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and returned back to camp
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Then it was out to The Books!
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where we turned a couple of pages
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and I feel a little smarter already (we backed off the final page of this book because the wind was starting to howl)
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but Oh My God!
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The Books from afar
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The next day was a mellow one on Crudbusters
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where I got a good look at the Iguana Backs
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...is this sh*t for real?!

Then... a down day around town sight seeing
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and the building of our new home
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Still yucky out, but into the backyard and onto Stairway anyways
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Then the sun came back out and it was off to The Iguana Backs
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yes, they're for real
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fun in the sun
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Time to take a short break from hiking and do a little heli-ing with Valdez Heli-ski Guides! (when in Rome...)
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Back to real life... of being a ski bum that is
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and now that I feel a little practiced up, it's onto the big boys! Starting with

wait for it

The Tusk!
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our first obstacle
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and we're off!
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To the top where Dean Cummings rope still hangs rotting on the rocks
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and it's just a little steep
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or is it just me?
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Damage done (The Tusk took one knee out of six)
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F-n STOKED!!!
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The Tusk, 1900' N facing ramp of 50-60 degree vertical pitch

Then back to camp to dry out some gear
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and off to DIMOND!!! (4000' at 55 degrees W facing fear of God)
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where we met our first obstacle
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and Eric's foot found free air and space under the bridge :shock:
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but he pushed on
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and mission aborted/crevasse abstraction narrowly averted
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YES!

Time to climb!
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and climb
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Do Not look back, Never Look Back!
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until you're over the top (3.5 hours of booting straight up later!)
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Can you see the helicopter? It's just coming off of the peak of Stairway (No, you can't. It's less than a speck from this far up!)
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Just a little giddy at this point
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and definetly time to cheese it up
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Oh Sh*t, this is it/last chance
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Dropping
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and Stoked to be at the bottom and ALIVE!!!
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our lines over the Bergschrund
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our hike up in blue and ride down in red
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Back to my friends base camp for a celebratory beer
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and then time to roll for sunset
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and party at Rendezvous Lodge (every bar should have a lit up Heli out the back window)
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THEN... then it was time to cheat my way up to the next monster
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METEORITE! 3000' W facing 54-57degrees of goodness

Looking down
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or trying to anyways
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and there goes our support
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that's Alaska Snowboard Guides. They are a brand new Heli operation this season and if you ever get a chance to go Heli-riding in Valdez, Alaska... Go with them!

You too might get this
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Well, that plum wore me out. And, my igloo has been devestated by the sun and turned into "The Deathstar"
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So I guess it's time to burn it down
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so sad
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One last look at those things of beauty
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and I'm out
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 Post subject: Re: VALDEZ!!!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 1:01 pm 
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Absolutely great. Thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: VALDEZ!!!
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damn why dont i live there?

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 Post subject: Re: VALDEZ!!!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:05 pm 
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The Tusk!! Awesome stoke in there...thanks for sharing.


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 Post subject: Re: VALDEZ!!!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:08 pm 
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Hell yeah!!

Love those Iguana Backs.

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 Post subject: Re: VALDEZ!!!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:24 pm 
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Wow!! Very cool!!


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 Post subject: Re: VALDEZ!!!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 2:51 pm 
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Hudge stoke! That was awesome!


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 Post subject: Re: VALDEZ!!!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:19 pm 
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You Guys Are NUTS! :headbang:


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 Post subject: Re: VALDEZ!!!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 4:58 pm 
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quoting TB7 valdez section "the books are open. get your library card out"

now i get it...

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 Post subject: Re: VALDEZ!!!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 5:27 pm 
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Your killing me D. A lifetime of memories in there. So SICK


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 Post subject: Re: VALDEZ!!!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:25 pm 
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:oops:


Yep.
I pooped.


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 Post subject: Re: VALDEZ!!!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 9:25 pm 
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Wow DGreen....that's unbelievable. So stoked for you dude. Plan on me coming up there at some point soon, cause that's got to happen. :headbang:

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 Post subject: Re: VALDEZ!!!
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 10:43 pm 
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The terrain is otherworldly. Seems to abide to different rules of nature than the lower 48 as well. Gnarly and well done old boy. :clap: :clap: :clap:

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