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 Post subject: Re: AK's back on!... Alaska photo dump 2013
PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:35 pm 
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If I'm around and there's snow on the ground, I'm down. PM me and/or give me a ring as the time gets near. That goes for anyone and everyone on here. We'll start "small" and go from there.

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 Post subject: Re: AK's back on!... Alaska photo dump 2013
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 1:11 am 
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Location: Girdwood, AK!!!
Soooo... After the little wind event last week we received 22" of snow. 22" in a day that is. New snow means resort riding and lift lines for me, but my friend Snowsavage on the other hand is chomping at the bit because he missed the last weather window and big lines sessions. He also is "anti authority" and does not like resorts and their rules. He talked me into going back out into the back country and testing the slopes on yet another somewhat rather large and a wee bit demanding line.

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and off we go
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and go
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wait, what?
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we better have a look around
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for some future lines
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Ooohhhh, we're getting close
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and we're there!
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so we better take a peek from the peak
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WHOA!
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and a quick look around
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Dropping!
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Into the abyss
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Now, I'm not sure how but, We Made It!
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time to get the hell out of this flat light and into some beer, stat!
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Snowsavage sais he's good with/over snowboarding for a while. Mission accomplished!!!

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 Post subject: Re: AK's back on!... Alaska photo dump 2013
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:48 am 
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Freakin amazing lines!!! :thatrocks: :rock: SS will be over snowboarding for maybe a couple days.


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 Post subject: Re: AK's back on!... Alaska photo dump 2013
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:00 am 
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awesome, what a wild snow season, thanks for posting!


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 Post subject: Re: AK's back on!... Alaska photo dump 2013
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 10:22 am 
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Cliffed out, clinging to to a 50 degree wall of sligthly edgeable snow on a large peak in AK, wind-slabs spider-webbing under our feet every couple of turns, 7pm, getting dark, not really sure where we are going, trying to find a way through a maze of exposure, 40 ft. cornice looming above = Snow Savage fucking scared.

Snow Savage to D-Green : "This is a life-or-death situation we are in here. We need to find our way off this mountain NOW!"

D-Green to Snow Savage : "Relax dude - Its just adrenaline"

D-Green is frikken Burly and that ranks in the top 3 knarliest lines of my life. I am ready some for some mellow pow runs now.

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 Post subject: Re: AK's back on!... Alaska photo dump 2013
PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 12:19 pm 
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Location: Girdwood, AK!!!
:lol: :lol: :lol:

I'm more than ready for some meadow skipping myself... Maybe

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 Post subject: Re: AK's back on!... Alaska photo dump 2013
PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 10:27 am 
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Location: Girdwood, AK!!!
This is definitely the wildest winter I've experienced yet. The weather here is never ever predictable, but this year it is all over the place. After last weeks 22" dump it's warmed up into the 40s (Fahrenheit) by day and low 30s by night. So now the South and East facing runs are bullet proof, West is marginal at best, and North is Blower Pow. So we've been hunting North facing runs. We kept the first run a little mellower because it was a test run after skinning up bullet proof hell.

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but it was nice none the less
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On day 2 we went hunting for bigger lines, but...
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it was a wee bit white out

Then day 3, Blue again and big game hunting's back on
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There's gotta be a rideable line around here somewhere
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Time to take a deep breath
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Regroup
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and Go!
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Then look around for another objective
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Until then...

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 Post subject: Re: AK's back on!... Alaska photo dump 2013
PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:30 pm 
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always the most amazing shots!
i gotta sweep my brains up off the floor now cause my head just exploded!
then get off my butt and go ride. :mrgreen:
f'n stoked right now!
JVL- :thatrocks: :thatrocks: :thatrocks:


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 Post subject: Re: AK's back on!... Alaska photo dump 2013
PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 3:28 am 
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Great photos guys! :drool:

Going to Alaska is a snowboarders dream.


The terrain and vertical on offer are just crazy.


Totally gutted I couldn't make it this spring. Next year! :thumbsup:


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 Post subject: Re: AK's back on!... Alaska photo dump 2013
PostPosted: Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:57 am 
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Just did a run with 2 Aussies in Valdez; its like a new planet for them; they are tottaly mesmerized. Pretty fun watching thier stoke.

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 Post subject: Re: AK's back on!... Alaska photo dump 2013
PostPosted: Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:36 am 
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Hey, that's awsome!! I wish I could go there, too.

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 Post subject: Re: AK's back on!... Alaska photo dump 2013
PostPosted: Sat May 04, 2013 7:08 pm 
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Location: Girdwood, AK!!!
I haven't been out in a little while, but I've still got some cards up my sleeve and am chomping at the bit. I'd like to go on another heli-drop but need to check out snow conditions first. So off into the backyard we go to see if we can find some pow.

Well, we found some chutes anyways
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and tentatively dropped one
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and it was good
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Good enough to drop the dough and go for that helicopter assisted ride the next day
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to get up on this
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It may have been beautiful down below and blue all over, but the wind was howling up top! We circled around the mountain twice or three times looking for a safe, and calm, place to land. It was a no go. The whole peak was guarded by a HUGE cornice that neither the pilot nor us wanted to land on or near and the only half way decent spot to put down was being buffeted by wind. He very apologetically dropped us on a shoulder on the backside of the peak. He needn't have apologized though, he put us down safely/ALIVE and the peak was right there.

So we made our way up
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and then found our way down the North side
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Sorry about the lack of action shots and such, but the wind was bitter cold and moving around a lot of snow.
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we felt the need to get the hell out of there.

After the winds died and I got time off to go play the sun had done its thing. This what I found on my last hike...
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:cry: :( :cry:

But it's not over yet (I hope), it's Alaska! and the weather is ever changing. As I've said before, we'll see what tomorrow brings. Powder maybe? Or corn? No matter...

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 Post subject: Re: AK's back on!... Alaska photo dump 2013
PostPosted: Thu May 30, 2013 10:15 am 
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It is definitely not over

Late May POW farming ...

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Still pretty good coverage out there ...

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