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 Post subject: Ride The Lightning
PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:42 pm 
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Haven't put up any TRs here lately for it's been kinda sketchy out up here in AK. But I got out last week on a mellow reconnaissance run and checked on this line:
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Some other things came up between then and now, I'll post those later, and so I haven't been able to get to this line until now. 4/20!!!

So here's the new crew/guinea pigs I've rounded up for this journey...Gwoodshred and sneeky jesus
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For those of you who have been up here to the great white land of the north, you might know this area and these signs:
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...yeh yeh yeh. Thanks for the warning, Duh.

Looking across the way at our first Real Warning:
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Oh well, that's there and we're here. Time to switch to boot splitting mode.
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and keep on trekking up the ridge
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...corniced ridge that is
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Then I hear sneeky jesus yell "Avalanche!...on both sides of you". It seems as though Gwoodshred "remotely" triggered slides on both the North
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and South sides of him
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The North slope ripped to within 3 feet of Gwoodshred, and the South ripped 30-40 feet down from him. I wish I had photos of everyone's eyes at this point, it would be humorous I'm sure. I suggested we move on to our intended run/goal and gather ourselves there. My new crew/guinea pigs reluctantly followed (ha ha, fools!). We got to the intended line and this is what it looked like.
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OOOOHHH sweet goodness :drool:
...but we decided against it for there was a hanging field of wind loaded sun baking snow above the run (and we just kicked off not 1 but 2 avalanches 5 minutes ago) :(

nice view though
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making our retreat with tails between our legs
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and deciding to ride the shoulder above the 'lanche we just created...you know, in the "hangfire". ha ha...suckers!
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Holy good powder though!
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and fresh debris, not too bad sneeky jesus sais
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Some "lightning" shots from down below
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Yeh!!! We rode that sh*t! Not our intended line, but it's always good to live to do it again another day.

and it's all behind us now
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...Welcome to Alaska Boys!!! :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Ride The Lightning
PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:02 pm 
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Knarly!

Those are some incredible shots! Props for you guys living to play another day :shock: ...and you STILL scored powder! :thatrocks:

Any "whumphing" or see any shooting cracks?

I wonder how many people have triggered distinct yet simultaneous slabs before...it's gotta be some sort of first?

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 Post subject: Re: Ride The Lightning
PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:08 pm 
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nice pics, terrain, and metallica reference! :rock:


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 Post subject: Re: Ride The Lightning
PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:12 pm 
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No whoomping or immediate warnings before that stuff slid. Here's a few different views of the incident:
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That other avy:
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Needless to say I had a big grin on my face all day. That was the first avalanche I've ever witnessed, and definitely an awesome sight. Better to see it from up top than below your feet for sure.

Knowing there was good snow to be had, and thanks to D-Green for showing me the way, I went back out there with my roommate today, with hopes of doing this slightly more mellow line. Image
Oh wait those are rocks. Instead we opted for a chute into the bowl that avyed.
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And the pow was good.
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A nice summary of two days worth of damage:
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Definitely good stuff in these parts.


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 Post subject: Re: Ride The Lightning
PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 6:44 pm 
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Right On sneeky!!! I'm glad you noticed those "rocks" in that photo where the "mellow" chute chokes out. Really glad. I've been a little worried while laying around all day. Also good to see you got your first backcountry chute...NICE WORK! :bananas:

That hanging snowfield above the original chute had me up all night, and not feeling it today. Once again, glad you got out there AND back again. :clap:
I love your view of the avalanches too, that F-er looks huge! Thanks for the pics. and it was fun hiking with you two...'til next time :thatrocks:

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 Post subject: Re: Ride The Lightning
PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 7:33 pm 
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Looks like a lot of dancing with dragons. Great TRs but stay safe up there

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 Post subject: Re: Ride The Lightning
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Glad you got that chute today sneeky. The top chute definately had me up last night too and I decided to have fun in the sun at the resort. That picture you have of me between the 2 is definately classic. I was so freaked out at the moment that picture was taken im sure


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 Post subject: Re: Ride The Lightning
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i tried to give ya a couple minutes to gather your composure.


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 Post subject: Re: Ride The Lightning
PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2009 9:53 pm 
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Where's your pic's Gwoodshred? C'mon, more stoke more stoke!


jbaysurfer wrote:
Knarly!

Any "whumphing" or see any shooting cracks?

I wonder how many people have triggered distinct yet simultaneous slabs before...it's gotta be some sort of first?


No, no signs of life in the snowpack other than sun warming on the South facing sides... The North face sliding was a bit of a surprise :shock: but 'Todds Run' is notorious for doing that, so not really That much of a surprise.

As for two slides going off simultaneously on either side of someone... NEVER seen that before!

and lewmt... I thought dancing was good for you, keeps you young you know. Just Kidding! I know the dragons are out there, just not as dormant as I was hoping. I'll give 'em a little more time to go back to sleep.

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 Post subject: Re: Ride The Lightning
PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 10:34 am 
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Thanks for sharing!!! :headbang:


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 Post subject: Re: Ride The Lightning
PostPosted: Wed Apr 22, 2009 12:16 pm 
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Sketchball! :shock:

But awesome!!! :bananas: :rock:


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 Post subject: Re: Ride The Lightning
PostPosted: Fri May 15, 2009 5:05 pm 
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a little video of the same run last year. Sorry about the quality and mis-footage, I had other things on my mind and kinda dropped the camera for a bit...you'll see.



I should probably leave "Todd's Run" alone huh?

and some photos of the reason I never made it back to the north facing chute of Tincan, I was busy...

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...FLYING!!!

like a monkey that is...
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oh well, not all of us can be stylie snowboard pros. But it sure is fun flyin'! :D

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