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 Post subject: TR: Spring Training Camp 101
PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 9:07 am 
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Hey all. Things have finally calmed down in my neck of the woods, the snow is going iso-thermal, and it is time to start training for some spring ascents and descents. Stayed at the ranch for some recon and a little ice climbing. Figured I better learn how to use my new ice tools before spring full on hit us, so Nick and I headed for a little ice I found earlier on Togwotee Pass for some "good ol' fashion fun."

Dusk at the ranch hoping to catch some views of the lunar eclipse:
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Antler pile and some creative thought:
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Finally, the moon popped out and no eclipse. I guess the East Coasters had a better view:
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Mandatory cabin shot with libations and games. Good to chill for a bit.
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Next day did a tour to scope a couloir I have been eyeing for a few years. Didn't make it all the way in due to my dog and deep snow, but was fun anyway. Time for a little ice.

A nice little flow to test out the tools and close to the road. We had to clean it up a bunch as it was covered in snow when we got there:
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Nick shows how it is done:
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My dog enjoys the sun and watching fools swingin' picks:
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Wysplit diggin' the climbing. Wayyyyy better than sport climbing.
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Fun times and looking forward to combining disciplines this spring. Cannot wait...nice to have some more sunlight and warmer temps. Time to start getting after it again...

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Ice is Nice! I have to give that a try sometime, still havent been ice climbing yet.

So, do you think youll be riding with the smaller pics on steep exposed lines? Im curious as to the stopping power vs a typical mtn axe, and would you carry both? That would look pretty hard core!


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Fun - I'd love to learn those skills someday...

First I'd have to figure out how to sneak all the new gear into the house unnoticed...

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 Post subject: fools,tools &pooches
PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2007 9:00 pm 
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Looks like you had some fun. I haven't been on ice since moving to Wyoming. I didn't even bring my tools west with me. Your pup looks familier, maybe I have seen you guys on the pass. I have a big Timber Wolf X Golden Retriever mix. I say we need to hold off on the sun 'til, maybe, July? I don't know. Good Times.


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