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 Post subject: 3-21-07 Echo TR with special guest, nothingmuch
PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 9:54 am 
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Date: March 21, 2007

Location: Desolation Wilderness, CA

Weather: partly cloudy giving way to mostly sunny skies, cooler temps, moderate winds.

Participants: nothingmuch, yoda, bcrider

Gameplan: showing nothingmuch some of our mountains

Duration: 7 hours or so

Vertical: n/a

Distance: n/a

Beta: see pics

Pics: bcrider, yoda

Intro: Nothingmuch lives in Isreal but was in the states for work so naturally he wanted to do some splitboarding while he was here. I was happy to hook up with him and show him around. We didnt have the greatest conditions in "the year of the drought" but we still managed to have a fun time! :)
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2007 Tahoe - The Year of the Drought. Normally there is a few feet on the ground here at this time of year. Nothingmuch makes the most of it.
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Creeks in March? WTF! :)
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Finally some consistant snow.
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bcrider.
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yoda and nothingmuch.
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bcrider and nothingmuch
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I spied a little chute to the ridge.
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nothingmuch.
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On the ridge we took some shelter and had a look around before dropping.
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Yoda takes a taste.
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Cascade Lake and Lale Tahoe.
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Yoda.
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nothingmuch.
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bcrider.
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Back at the car, nothingmuch seems pretty stoked. :)
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Thanks for a fun day guys. It was great to meet you too nothingmuch! Come back again! 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 10:13 am 
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Man,i love Sierra terrain.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 11:28 am 
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That doesn't look so bad.

BCR - your're quite the tour guide.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 23, 2007 11:38 am 
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Good Job of being the California ambassadors guys. I was hoping someone could show Nothingmuch a good time. Did he say how the rest of his trip went?


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Nice work guys, great terrain, line, weather. Hope nothingmuch had a great trip. Props to BCR for creating the conduit for which you guys could hook up and show him around.

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Very cool, not every day you get to give someone that kind of introduction...and judging by that grin on his face I would say he had a pretty damn good time as well.

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That's one happy dude. Good on ya for hosting boys. 8) 8) 8)


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Ah, he tricked me into smiling, I was more tired than excited by that point. The smile you see is me laughing at bcrider telling me to look excited.

That said, It was great fun, and the smile is representative despite the bad snow (fortunately I like hiking too ;-)). Thanks so much guys!

I've been lagging (aperture was being a total PITA) but my pics are up.

So far I haven't found people to go with yet so I've been teaching my host John to snowboard. He is a skier but got injured rock climbing a while ago and his hard boots hurt his foot now. It's been going great and while it isn't splitting I'm still having fun.

Tomorrow I'm hoping to go out again. Yoda, are you still in?


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I didn't wield my tank of a camera till we got up to the summit. The pictures that I did take had to be corrected though, since I keep moving the metering mode switch to center weighted. Bah.

Anyway, here they are.

Yoda looking tired after a bit of bootpacking:

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bcrider flew away after taking pictures of Yoda:

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bcrider showed me the area:

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and I took a panorama of that:

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If I remember correctly you can see pyramid peak on the far right.

After that I downclimbed the steep part since I'm not a great boarder and took pictures of bcrider and Yoda dropping it.

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bcrider tossing pieces of crusty snow into the air (no that's not powder):

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Then Yoda had a go:

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Note impressive motion blur. Too bad I didn't use a smaller aperture:

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Then I packed the camera back up and tried to keep up, so no more pics after that =)


You can also see all the pictures, full sized.


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Wow - great pics! I'm glad you got out there. Next time we will meet up for sure! BTW, where do you ride out of Israel?

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Cool pics nothingmuch!!! :thatrocks:


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St. Wolfgang, Austria (the tiny one, not the small one) on a small resort named Reiseralm, which is on the Zirbitzkogel mountain. That's where my grand parents live, and we go there about once every 2-3 years for a week.

I don't get to ride a lot at all, but now that I have a salary that will def. change ;-)


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I saw this actually first over on TGR, so I will repeat it here:

Nice way to show around the guest bcrider.

However nothingmuch:
Please loose those poles on the way down! You just can't win any style points like that. ;)
Unless you are on a flat traverse or something that is not allowed.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 24, 2007 10:32 am 
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re the poles: I look like a pig on the descent anyway, can't deduct much more. As for why I prefer taking them: it's one less thing to fold, they're useful for resting while you wait for others, and for slightly flat parts where you don't want to take out the rear binding.


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