Joined: Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:33 am Posts: 91 Location: Salt Lake City, UT
wow you guys got after it this week. Made it really hard to live vicariously on the east coast this this weekend PS bucky, my name is mike (green jacket, white helmet during splitfest). But I sure wish it was me in those pics.
yeah some great stoke!! nice pics matt, that line looks sick! always gawk at that peak driving towards st. george
Headed into Mill B today...I thought there was some serious greenhousing going on today, snow was really damp on all aspects up to about 9600/9800
Once off the main trail a furious skin glop battle ensued till about 9600...going to keep some wax in the bag from now on
Athey's Line, crowns, debris, damp snow, loaded...another time,... also Peak 9924 or Eeny ripped out huge running full track
crown extended across the whole ridge, running full track...probably natural from last week?
Hang in there buddy
Finally a view of some clear sky
sheeew, found it!!
The line...this thing sketched me out, maybe I forgot the A game today , but dropping in from the top you cannot see the entrance to the colouir and the top bowl is a blind roll that looks like you will just fall off into space, more exposure than I was anticipating. I literally could not see the colouir until I was right on top of it...basically if you dont hit it just right your going to cliff out...I actually rode right to it the first time and thought it was a cliff rode a little further down and realized that where I was definitely wasn't it and had to boot back up about 20 feet. I took a beta photo with my camera at the bottom which helped a lot
YES! I was short on time last time I posted. I don't know why the wife's so pissed.... I was home by 2:00, I picked a years worth of poop up in the backyard, washed the cars, watered the plants, did the shopping, showered the kids and cooked dinner. Just kidding, my wife is the most supportive girl ever, in fact she's always super stoked when I go riding cause she knows how to manipulate the situation in her favor (e.g. alot of shit gets done).
Where to begin so much amazing diverse stoke in one page. Snurfer that fox/coyote pic is surreal, especially after such a crazy fun walk. Really can't wait to get on the track with you. mej you are crazy. I did a tour out there one time I remember looking at that line from Delano it looked super far away and I had already gone a long ways. Wasatch I thought about you that day. mar123, that line is so technical so many features and different exposures. Here's a pic from a while ago, eyed that one the whole day. Awesome work. Anyways, Switchback sound like were back in the flow. Hopefully mej will back me up on that. Should be good when you get back. Snowvols couldn't quite see how filled the rocky choke at top of the needle was. Coverage looked good up there albeit windjacked. I meant to look at the coverage in the exit, I think that would be the worst part. Take care.
Me and mar123 got after the shred this week hooking up for a skate sesh and then again today for a pow popper sesh. It sounded like stars were aligning for an epic day, the sky seemed the limit. Slight density inversion capped with evening wind/wind slabs created an early morning slab fest with possible settling later in the day but unfortunately the front came in with a vengeance and we bailed. Typical spring day pockety but predictable. Sequence Photo Credit mar123, always gets the best shots. We would have loved to get a couple more laps in but the front came in strong. Should be interesting tomorrow. Take care.
Edit to add. ^^^ haha SwitchBack posting at the same time. Beautiful lines!
Woops SwitchBack, somehow I thought you = John L.... good to meet ya though and nice work, UTAH, mar123, snurfer, mej! It not the Wasatch, but here's some shots from the western part of the north slope of the Uintas, over past 4 days:
A trip to the yurt with snow in the forecast calls for Unicorn Chasers all around.
Is this cheating? In the distance, you can see the treed slopes that we laid 40 tracks down.
We dug a pit at 10900' north-facing windloaded in medium density trees near the summit. We got a result of ECT 23 Q2: by that I mean that we isolated a 3 ft wide column and it took the 3rd shoulder-strength whack to get a shear in the column, which was about a foot down with little energy but a well-defined bed surface. This was the new windblown storm snow failing on what seemed to be older windpacked layer. It broke only under the shovel at 23; it took harder-than-shoulder whacks to get it to propagate across the whole 3 ft wide column. The rest of the snowpack down to 6 ft deep was pretty consistently settled and well bonded. We didn't dig all the way down to ground to check out the full depth behavior as probing showed the total snowpack depth in this windloaded spot to be 10 or 11 ft and that's too much digging for me. A full depth pit dug all the way to the ground in a shallower location would have been helpful to understand the potential for deep slabs. Even though this test (and our observations of no slides in the area, no whomphing, no nasty wind slabs breaking off) suggested that the upper part of the snowpack was in fairly decent shape, we decided to leave the more avy-prone terrain of northern slopes of the mtn alone, mostly cuz: the deep slabs may still be lurking, plus it kept snowing while we were there, plus there was a lot of wind transport (50+ mph winds and a tree blown down right at the yurt). So we decided to play it safe and confine our riding to slightly lower angle, northwest to west-facing trees.
Haystack Nubbins One and Two:
On the up through the lower burnt forest:
Sleds, kaossilators, brownies, chopping wood, freestyle battles, faceshots every run. Let's do it again sometime boys!
Joined: Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:33 am Posts: 91 Location: Salt Lake City, UT
North facing snow has been fun these last few days
I give today an A+ for perfect weather and snow quality. Fast supportive and light.
New snow wasn't bonding well to old school. I cleaned out must of yesterdays storm snow with a cut in a chute and lots of other sloughing on the steeps. E facing tanners started falling apart around 10.
Oh ya, don't get too cute in the mank down low or you'll end up in a bush
Great to see that someone else is hiking up here besides me. (Western Uintas) Hit up Morning Glory this morning,.. Followed some coyote track up a bit and then hit the trees. My route sucked, but I made it. Descent was a blast. Avoided the cliff that took out my knee years ago. Top couple hundred were sweet, then it got crusty. Talus still showing a bit. Like a skatepark. Snowpack is bomber at that elevation. 8200 Cant figure how to load a pic
Oh, props to the Wolverine crew. One of my favorite tours. Same situation, waited for the sky to clear enough to see the enormity and then dropped Bronco. Sweet
Joined: Tue Aug 19, 2008 11:55 am Posts: 998 Location: Wasatch
last evening I rolled up to cardiff peak around 5pm. Temps were cooling but still really warm with some wind and clouds. Skin track was fucking slick! put in my own to add to the 15 already in place up pole line pass. Ride down was interesting, frozen slush and ski tracks. If you found a smooth part of the slope it was pretty nice supportable slush. manky down by the road even around 6pm it was still 40+ degrees at alta. Still it was really nice to go touring after a month sabbatical due to health.
Uintalife- post your photos to flickr or photobucket and then paste the embed code here.