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    jimw
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    Eastside Smackdown

    So, scruffy and I planned to finally go check out the eastside last weekend. But Mother Nature b*tch-slapped us.

    The previous weekend had reports of great conditions, and certainly Tahoe was pretty epic. But it’s amazing what a little wind can do.

    We thought that maybe some areas might have gotten spared depending on the wind direction, but we were wrong…

    It all started with plenty of signs telling us to go home. We started late. We got a flat tire.

    We finally got to our destination, and things seemed to be looking pretty good… at least from afar.

    We decided to check out Powerhouse chute. We checked the time on the phone to see how late we were, and… WTF?? NOON??

    Turns out AT&T cell signal in the Bridgeport/Lee Vining area has the wrong time. Off by a couple hours. Oops.

    OK, so now we’re starting at “only” 10 AM. Of course, we still had to get our stuff ready. Scruffy, what the hell is in that thing??

    I skinned up ahead to check out the snow conditions while scruffy wrestled with his pack. Snow was looking primo.

    Then scruffy informed me that he had to take some crap out of his pack. Duh. I waited there in a daze, and when he made it back up to me, I suddenly realized that I wasn’t wearing my beacon. Duh.

    OK, back to the car pt. 2. Beginning to get the picture that somebody doesn’t want us up here. We might as well have started at noon.

    We skinned for a little ways on the fine hardpack before things got really bulletproof, then we switched to “toepacking”.

    Oh, and it was kinda windy too.

    At least the views were nice. Here’s one for the hit list.

    We kept going, thinking that maybe, just maybe things would soften up further up, or that we’d find some pockets of windblown pow.

    Not here.

    OK, maybe just up there…

    Nope… maybe on the apron or in the chute itself?

    Uh, no.

    It was freakin’ bulletproof all the way up. Trying to traverse across this stuff in split mode is a joke. Shoulda brought Mr. Chomps. Definitely the worst conditions I’ve ridden there. As far as coverage, it seemed to be a little below average, with some random spots having much less coverage than normal. There were some exposed rocks in a few areas that are normally filled in throughout the spring. I hope we get a few more good storms…

    Not quite ready to give up the powder dream, we decided to hit the opposite side of the drainage. Maybe there were a few stray windblown pockets over there.

    Nope.

    And, as an extra bonus, we even got some nice flat light!

    Here’s what scruffy thinks of the conditions:

    We figured, the snow sucked so bad, why not throw in a little talus-hopping into the mix. Might as well practice for splitboot season.

    On the way out, we found… what’s this?? Some snow that actually moves???

    Of course, the day wouldn’t be complete without a final kick in the nuts from Mother Nature.

    We had planned on hanging out on the eastside for the rest of the weekend, but after that smackdown, we figured we’d better head home while we can still walk.

    Next time.

    Tahoe Redemption

    Sunday morning in Truckee was not looking so good. It was overcast, with a bit of snain (snow/rain), and forecasts for high winds. Sweet. Both scruffy and I were ready to bail and cut our losses. But liketoride talked us into heading down to the west shore.

    As it turned out, the weather hadn’t quite gotten that far south yet, and there was actually still some “aged pow” (or “senior pow” as Buffy calls it) left in protected northern aspects. Turned out to be a great run!

    Then we found a section of natural rock jibs in a stream bed. Buffy said, “hey, why didn’t you hit that rock?” And proceeds to show us how it’s done.

    Except she didn’t make it to the rock.

    “I think I’m stuck.”

    “Uh, I think I need some help.”

    “For real.”

    Uh, Buffy?

    Phew, thought we were going to have to bust out the ropes there for a sec…

    But seriously… it was a bit of a wake-up call. Those “rock wells”, just like tree wells, can be serious business. If you get stuck in one it’s difficult to get unstrapped, and the board just acts like a boat anchor. This particular hole went way down. It made me think about Will’s idea for an avy release cord for the Sparks. Could come in handy in this situation as well.

    It all ended well though, and we got some nice turns in finely aged pow back to the car. Redemption!

    #615649
    BGnight
    1382 Posts

    Very interesting! 😆

    #615650
    96avs01
    875 Posts

    Glad you found some decent snow, good point on the tree/rock wells. I’ve never been in a well, but had to unstrap once in shoulder deep pow and it was not a fun experience.

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    #615651
    D-GREEN
    336 Posts

    Your best friends are always the ones standing over you taking pictures, pointing and laughing. After they find out you are OK I’m sure. That’s what good times are made of. Good stuff.

    #615652
    bigdood
    457 Posts

    Holy crap, nice rock well! At least you got some decent snow on Sunday after your character building exercise on Saturday.

    #615653
    fullers2oh
    525 Posts

    jim this TR cracks me up! sucks you had bad conditions up there but i like the optimism…

    kind of the story of my weekend too. saturday smackdown death crust and sunday minor redemtion. plus side is at least it looks like new snow for us is coming. just hope the winds dont take it away!

    #615654
    SanFrantastico
    1514 Posts

    Ha ha. This one says it all… ice axe, middle finger, and are those antennae? Or are both of Scruffy’s poles frozen. Oh well. Jim – that’s what you get for heading down there without me. Tim – that’s what you get for following Jim.

    Putting the poo in swimming pool since 1968.

    #615655
    bcrider
    4149 Posts

    That wind jacked stuff up bad down there. We found lots of bad snow in the Bridgeport area yesterday. The views and company were good though!

    Nice redemption day too. 8)

    #615656
    gimpy
    47 Posts

    classic man :doobie:

    #615657
    tarkman1
    20 Posts

    The two hour cell phone time shift. It’s more the norm in that area than the exception. I had that with Sprint and I think ATT/Cingular. I don’t get that with Verizon.

    Well, props to all who went out over the weekend. I stayed home. The latest storm should freshen things up nicely.

    #615658
    schralptowner
    176 Posts

    Great TR :headbang:

    You gotta watch out for those rock wells. I almost fell in a huge gaping one in Canada riding some pillows and I found myself perched on the edge of a pillow that would have sent you into this huge rock and snow crevasse that dropped into 20 to 30 ft of darkness if you were not on your game. I cant believe how deep the one she fell in was, scary.

    #615659
    fustercluck
    668 Posts

    I got burned by the cel tower, too. Part way up the hike I thought it seemed earlier than my phone was saying, I remembered reading this TR and thought I was off an hour. When I got back to the truck I realized it was two hours. So be warned, the town of Bridgeport is officially on Central time. Apparently, there is so much going on there they need to be two hours ahead of everyone else in CA.

    #615660
    SchralphMacchio
    474 Posts

    @mtnman wrote:

    I got burned by the cel tower, too. Part way up the hike I thought it seemed earlier than my phone was saying, I remembered reading this TR and thought I was off an hour. When I got back to the truck I realized it was two hours. So be warned, the town of Bridgeport is officially on Central time. Apparently, there is so much going on there they need to be two hours ahead of everyone else in CA.

    That tower really gets you when you’re heading out there at night and think, ‘oh shit it’s already 1:30 AM and I’m not to Mammoth yet!’ 🙂

    Good times. That rock well that L2R fell into looks scaaaaaareeeeeeee 😯

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