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 Post subject: Re: 2011/2012 Utah snow and avalanche conditions
PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 7:05 am 
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Whoa, that doesn't look too bad!


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 Post subject: Re: 2011/2012 Utah snow and avalanche conditions
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Looking good dudes!!! :headbang:

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 Post subject: Re: 2011/2012 Utah snow and avalanche conditions
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 3:35 pm 
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after two days of touring up white pine i was sick of approaches. so i went for some stuff a little closer to the road. first i hit tanners. felt great to be in a big couloir and made me miss granite rocks.

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then i went and hit this one off of superior? anyone know the name of this one?

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had to get my gnar quotient for the day.

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you guys must be really spoiled with great snow cause i didnt think these last few days were too bad.
Wasatch mountains- see you next year!

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 Post subject: Re: 2011/2012 Utah snow and avalanche conditions
PostPosted: Thu Apr 05, 2012 5:15 pm 
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christoph benells wrote:

then i went and hit this one off of superior? anyone know the name of this one?



Generally called Suicide Chute, although it has other names too... Country Lane and some others.

Nice work man!

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 Post subject: Re: 2011/2012 Utah snow and avalanche conditions
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christoph benells wrote:
after two days of touring up white pine i was sick of approaches. so i went for some stuff a little closer to the road. first i hit tanners. felt great to be in a big couloir and made me miss granite rocks.

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then i went and hit this one off of superior? anyone know the name of this one?

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had to get my gnar quotient for the day.

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you guys must be really spoiled with great snow cause i didnt think these last few days were too bad.
Wasatch mountains- see you next year!



Damn dude nice work! Did you get that one line in white pine? Sorry I couldn't get out today.

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 Post subject: Re: 2011/2012 Utah snow and avalanche conditions
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i did not get that line up on red baldy. that day i lost mt sunglasses on the white pine trail and they were no where to be found. i tried to keep going but the sun was too bright.

i talked with two skiers and a splitter in the lot that afternoon and they hit it and said it was their best run of the year. i was going to go back to hit it today but that would have meant i would have 24 miles on the white pine trail in three days....

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 Post subject: Re: 2011/2012 Utah snow and avalanche conditions
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"then i went and hit this one off of superior? anyone know the name of this one?"
Dude! I have been eyeing that all season! But sadly, I dont think that I will hit until next season. In fact... I think its time to pull out my climbing gear for spring.

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 Post subject: Re: 2011/2012 Utah snow and avalanche conditions
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Went down south on Saturday and found much better conditions than expected. Rode the SW face off the summit of East Provo Peak into Bartholomew Canyon. Off the summit there is about 1800 feet of good turns until a flattish area, after which you get funneled into a never-ending halfpipe gully. There was 4-8 inches of new on top of the hard crust, and for about 3000 ft of the 3600 foot line I wasn't hitting the crust underneath. Since the SNOTEL nearby had only reported 4 inches, that was a pleasant surprise. It seemed like the wind had sifted and densified the snow just enough to keep me off the bottom. Got up early enough that all but the last few hundred vertical feet was fluffy pow, too. Below that I could feel things getting sticky. I think the coverage in the area is at least as good as what similar elevations in BCC have. I am always impressed by the amount of snow I find when I go to Utah County, considering popular opinion is that they get quite a bit less than the Cottonwoods. Not another soul up there either. Heavy traffic in the construction zones on I-15 coming home provided the most dangerous conditions of the day. I was kicking myself for not bringing the camera, but here is a screen shot of the area:

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 Post subject: Re: 2011/2012 Utah snow and avalanche conditions
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Yeah Matt! Way to get after it, man. Nice looking lines recently, and I can see why Jill said she chases after you up skin tracks. :thumpsup:

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 Post subject: Re: 2011/2012 Utah snow and avalanche conditions
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mej, your ability to sniff out off-the-main-drag descents is inspirational. Especially in such a challenging snowpack year. I hope to get out with you again soon.


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 Post subject: Re: 2011/2012 Utah snow and avalanche conditions
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Mej- which direction did you approach from? I thought Bartholomew was one of the "forbidden" canyons due to private property surrounding the base. I was down that way early season, tons of terrain back there.

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 Post subject: Re: 2011/2012 Utah snow and avalanche conditions
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Thanks, dudes. I did approach up Bartholomew, and it is indeed surrounded by private land at the base. I called the Spanish Fork Ranger District to confirm that I could drive up the canyon, and to find out where the gate was, and they said I was all good. I didn't drive or hike past any no trespassing signs, either. The upper canyon is supposedly designated as a primitive or roadless area, one tier down from wilderness. Lots of McMansions encroaching on the USFS land in Hobble Creek, but overall its still very pretty.


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 Post subject: Re: 2011/2012 Utah snow and avalanche conditions
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thanks for the info Mej. yeah some of the ranches/houses up Hobble are pretty mind blowing.

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