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 Post subject: the surprise stronghold
PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 11:42 pm 
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after a few lengthy day tours bracketed by headlamp skinning, we decided it was time to cut the nonsense and set up a camp. er, actually, i just complained about the approach and then went to work, while scott built and furnished the fine accommodations. when i heard that he was bringing a group up for an inaugural weekend, i quickly invited myself...

only 4.5 miles from the road... no reason to pack light!
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home sweet home
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checking out the back yard at dusk.
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not exactly roughing it.
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dinner's on in the kitchen.
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starting work on the "guest room".
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phil approves!
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hey look, it snowed!
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hmmm... still snowing...
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what's this?
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"he who digs the first snow cave shall get the first tracks"
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enjoying a steep run as the conditions slowly devolve from "awesome" to "kinda scary".
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pow
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that was fun, now what's for dinner?
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happiness is...
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the guest cave featured a side tunnel to a rushing stream... it's pretty surreal to sleep under a rock under the snow while listening to the echo of water rushing by under you.
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looks like it snowed some more.
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this beats melting snow for water, as long as you aren't the one who has to go down the hole.
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off in search of stable snow.
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not much to be found, so we settled for some trail breaking and exploring.
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this little 300 foot shot was about the only thing we rode, but then again, it was a pretty catastrophic day...
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we'll be back.
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it just wouldn't be right to leave this valley by daylight.
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time to start digging.
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 Post subject: Re: the surprise stronghold
PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 9:59 am 
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Very nice!

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 Post subject: Re: the surprise stronghold
PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 10:22 am 
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Sick Ben!

I had to go back up for my phone... :oops:

ended up getting bluebird and a couple short laps in south cloud bowl, then went up north cloud bowl to watch the sunset and ride alepenglowpow...

did some work on the kitchen before hitting the sack.

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Stayed the night and in the am went back up north cloud and dropped the next path to the north and had great snow riding to the lake outlet!! missed a non stop by about 50 yds.. I know where to get some looong safe tree runs next time. above north end of lake, west facing... look at you pano from sparkplug.


you know tomorrow starts powder month?


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 Post subject: Re: the surprise stronghold
PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:02 am 
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:thumpsup: epic cave :thumpsup:

glad you guys played it safe.


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 Post subject: Re: the surprise stronghold
PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 11:42 am 
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:headbang: Looks like a rad adventure, well done!

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 Post subject: Re: the surprise stronghold
PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 12:35 pm 
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Nice Job guys. When will Scott be installing the pizza oven? Thats all thats missing now

hey, whats the nightly rate on that thing and where do we make reservations?


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 Post subject: Re: the surprise stronghold
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That looks too fun!


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 Post subject: Re: the surprise stronghold
PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 7:00 am 
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Damn that looks like a good time!


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 Post subject: Re: the surprise stronghold
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 4:42 pm 
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we went back a week ago to scope out the carnage from the recent rain-on-snow avy cycle and check on the cave.

the approach trail was obliterated by massive debris piles. maybe i don't regret every day that i was at work this season.
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after dropping supplies at the cave, kyle checks out the "backyard".
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darkness is coming... but fortunately this run ends at the front door.
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recognizing the subtle signs of snowpack instability, we opted to spend the next morning working on the entrance tunnel.
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the master craftsman at work, building some kitchen cupboards.
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 Post subject: Re: the surprise stronghold
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 5:16 pm 
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Sweet accommodations you got there. W/ running water? Too cool.


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