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 Post subject: Sonora Pass 2006
PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 9:52 am 
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Here's are some recent pics from Sonora Pass, CA.

Usually the pass will open for summer on a Thursday in late may so the following Friday is great day to play hooky from work and get a jump on the crowds. Mmcpheet and I made it there for the second year in a row to the day. :)

5-26-2006

The drive in on 108 from 395.
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The frontside of No Name Peak
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In route.
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Up the bootpack to the ridge.
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Leavitt Peak
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senior powderjunkie
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puff nattie...
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rippin' the ripe corn
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mmcpheet likes it too.
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As does PJ.
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next on the menu.
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closer.
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Skins back on.
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mmcpheet crosses some scree to our second run....
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and takes another corn sample back to the lab.
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PJ is next.
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Puff Nattie is close behind.
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Smiles all around at the bottom. :)
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Then it's back to setting a new bootpack for more corn fun.
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mmcpheet
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Some pretty rocks that needed to be climbed.
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Looking down.
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Zzee powderjunkie.
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Time to ride, mmcpheet gets it on.
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PJ
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bcrider
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puff nattie
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PJ slashing above Sardine Falls.
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puff nattie out-running wets slides...
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and blasting through the suncups! :)
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The exit was short and sweet.
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mmcpheet really enjoyed it. :wink: :mrgreen:
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As least his boots got clean. 8)
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We hitchhiked back up the road to our cars. Note to self…make sure you have your car key if leave your pack with the others. :)
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Sonora Pass Rocks!
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After the sweet day we headed south…
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to check out the Dunderburg/Greenstone chute run.
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Winds were howling and we couldn't make it to the camp ground so we aborted the mission.

Still a fun drive and we got to see a cool sunset.
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We decided to keep heading south to Mammoth and meet up with bcd. Thanks again for the hospitality.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 10:09 am 
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Ah...thank goodness for pictures! Right mmcpheet :?: :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 10:47 am 
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5-27-06

The next morning we decided to show Sonora to bcd since he had never been there.

Being the first weekend the pass was open…we weren't the only ones there. Is this the backcountry or the ski resort? :)
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Mother Nature had different ideas for the day and wouldn't cooperate. It was colder than normal and cloudy so the snow wasn't getting soft.

We tried to kill some time and make the most of it.

bcd climbs the snowbank…
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and then a tree.
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I went for a mixed route.
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The snow just wasn't getting soft so we pulled the plug. We thought we'd try our luck at Virginia Lakes since it looked to be clearer to the south.

We chose South Peak out of Va Lakes for its aspect as because it doesn't sit as far back in the range (where the weather was worse).

bcd and mmcpheet on the way up.
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Sucker hole.
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It didn't help…the snow was still bulletproof…but the view was worth it.

bcd on top.
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Lundy baby!
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bcd drops in on 1mm of ripeness.
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He still makes it “lookâ€Â


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 01, 2006 11:10 am 
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5-29-06

Here are my pics from Monday. It was a bummer to just be on the “one and doneâ€Â


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Sure looks like fun - I really need to get out there sometime. You guys rock, 4 days in a row!


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I found a cool little chute on the way out but mmcpheet had some technical difficulties with the camera.


It wasn't on this face was it?
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Thanks for posting the TR, BCR.

And thanks for posting the pic of that sweaty, messy haired punk. :wink:
Where's the wheelie pic?

Here's a couple o' pics from Friday.

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The right way to do it. :lol:
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Damn! You guys were killing it. I don't have a job. Why the hell wasn't I there first to poach all your lines :D? I've never ridden Sonora. It looked like some sweet corn. Thanks for motivating me some more! I heard the gate opened today on that hippie/meadow skipper forum. I'm going down tommorrow night for some Tioga shredding fun!!!


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I'm drooling... so much fun.


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you guys are insane. you make it look so easy and so nice.
this shot is so cool. way to go Puff Nattie.
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Wait. is there any place in the Sierra that you haven't visited during those 4 days!!!

could resits this (sorry mmcpheet), much more hmmm visual like that: :twisted:
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Didn't want to start a new thread, so here are some pics from Sund'y in 7undy Canyon...

Powderjunkie...
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and Puff Nattie (aka. Stubs McNattie)...
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