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  • #582156
    ChrisI
    48 Posts

    SFB, sorry to hear about the altitude sickness! 😕 That’s as good an excuse as any to do it again next year. 😀

    bc, good call on crossing the lake on the way out! It was like some sorta backcountry cheat code. Saved us at least an hour on the haul out. (the tracks across the lake from Marcos that morning were confidence inspring, too)

    Thanks y’all for makin’ it happen. I had a blast!

    PS.. was able to drive over Sonora Pass during the daylight.. 😯 Some closer inspection is in order before that all melts out.. recommendations?

    #582157
    jimw
    1421 Posts

    Hmm, after seeing the what the sleeping bag trenchcoat actually looks like, I think I am going to change my name to Backcountry Beavis.

    What a great weekend! It was cool to meet so many folks from this list. I have a shitload of photos to go through, will post in the TR thread soon. Even got some video (including helmet-cam shot down S couloir from the top… with feeling! :)). Wish I would have taken the lake on the way out but it looked kinda sketchy by 4 PM. Also caught up with Patroller420 and Joe on the traverse and we had a little epic adventure. More to come.

    SFB, sorry to hear about that! I think I might have seen you guys standing up on the ridge near the end of Saddlebag road on Saturday. I say “up on the ridge” because I was climbing up to the road (ridge to me) from the wrong drainage. Oops. 🙄

    I think we may need to start a separate forum for splitboard-specific “product ideas”. First up is a great idea we were discussing Sat night – the shovel handle that converts to a, um… smoking device.

    #582158
    TEX
    2486 Posts

    Well,it was a great trip. Good to finally meet all you people. Thanks for making my buddy Joe’s first backcountry trip a success. And a special thanks to Jim for pulling Joe across the traverse. I dont know when we have gotten to the truck without your help. I got to meet a lot of really good people this weekend. And finally I got to drop a nice big bowl. (GPS). I cant wait till the next trip. I did take it kind of easy on this one, but next time I will be in the”Y” group. Thanks again. And oh yeah , when is the next one?

    #582159
    bcrider
    4150 Posts

    @ChrisI wrote:

    PS.. was able to drive over Sonora Pass during the daylight.. 😯 Some closer inspection is in order before that all melts out.. recommendations?

    Hi Chris,
    Sonora is definitely worth checking out.

    There is some fairly recent pics and beta in this thread.
    http://www.splitboard.net/talk/viewtopic.php?t=775

    ps. Good to meet ya last weekend too. 🙂

    #582160
    bcrider
    4150 Posts

    Way to stick together and help Joe on the way out Jim! 8)
    Major karma points and I’m sure joe was very appreciative.

    Quick question on your decision to not cross the lake.
    Did you inspect the ice at all or just assume it wasn’t safe due to the time of day it was? When we crossed it 2hrs earlier, I didn’t just walk out there without carefully checking the thickness. After 5mins of inspection, I found the ice to be very thick and determined it safe for travel.

    The reason I bring this up is because it seems like the folks that didn’t take the lake didn’t really do much to analyze the ice. By pointing this out, hopefully it will be food for though in similar situations.

    #582161
    jimw
    1421 Posts

    @bcrider wrote:

    Quick question on your decision to not cross the lake.
    Did you inspect the ice at all or just assume it wasn’t safe due to the time of day it was? When we crossed it 2hrs earlier, I didn’t just walk out there without carefully checking the thickness. After 5mins of inspection, I found the ice to be very thick and determined it safe for travel.

    The reason I bring this up is because it seems like the folks that didn’t take the lake didn’t really do much to analyze the ice. By pointing this out, hopefully it will be food for though in similar situations.

    Nope, I didn’t check out the ice at all. This is because I thought that the two people that I saw traversing the lake when I got back to camp were actually you and mmcpheet, since you two were the last guys I knew of to leave. I yelled out from camp and asked if they were going to cross the lake, and they yelled back that they weren’t. So I assumed that you and mmcpheet had decided that it was not safe to cross, so I didn’t even consider checking it out myself. I don’t have much experience with judging lake ice for safeness anyway, and so thinking that you guys nixed the idea and being by myself pretty much put it out of my mind.

    By the time I caught up and found out that the two guys were actually patroller420 and Joe, we were about at the point where that big slide path into the lake was. To get onto the lake at that point we probably would have had to backtrack since the lake was all melted out there due to the debris. We didn’t really even consider that option, as we were already about halfway around the lake, so we just tried to figure out a way to make it work while continuing the traverse. The easiest option seemed to be for Joe to use my Verts and me to carry his board.

    Going back to Saturday, on the way in, I also didn’t even consider crossing the lake. This was because:

    – I could see several melted out areas around the edge by the dam. I didn’t want to get out partway and have to turn around.

    – I had already spent 6 hours going the wrong way just to get to the dam, and I was not about to make any more route decisions that weren’t 100% guaranteed. Though in retropsect I kinda wish I had… 🙂 I knew I could make the traverse even if conditions sucked, and there were already skin tracks (I didn’t see the ones on the lake at the time).

    About the ice, how thick do you think it was at the *thinnest* point, and what was the process to determine if it’s safe? I wonder how much longer the lake will be crossable?

    #582162
    bcrider
    4150 Posts

    Thanks for the detailed response jimw. I’ll put some thoughts together later too.

    #582163
    powderjunkie
    1669 Posts

    Out on the lake there were several cracks in the ice. I was able to stick my pole in it and felt solid ice at least 2 feet down. The sketchiest parts were right along the shore, but BCR found good locations to get on and off.

    #582164
    Ecobrad
    2068 Posts

    The ice was definetly several feet thick in most locations. The cracks did concern me a bit though. Then I remembered the traverse and the cracks didn’t seem so bad. I agree with PJ, getting on and off concerned me until I saw the route with my own eyes.

    #582165
    mtnrider
    740 Posts

    Being an O.G. pond hockey player back east, I can tell you we skated on any ice at least a foot thick. And our WICKED monster trucks too…

    You all remembered to unbuckle your packs in case you fell in though…right ❓ 😀

    #582166
    ChrisI
    48 Posts

    *grin*

    I did a similar test to PJ’s.. Stood on the edge, stuck a pole in the crack, couldnt find the bottom.. That’s a LOT of ice. Soo, since boats are allowed on the lake, think anyone would have a problem if we DROVE to the greenstone camp? 😉

    The most nervewracking part of crossing the lake was probably where the Avy debris was. I dont blame ya for not headin in there, Jim. That was really spooky.

    -C

    #582167
    Dutch MArC_OS
    22 Posts

    Sorry to hear about you feeling sick SFB, missed you guys out there. Hopefully next time beter. Stay in T. during Summer …

    Grtx MD

    #582168
    Dutch MArC_OS
    22 Posts

    I left camp Sunday morning and checked the ice/lake situation. Decited to go for it. Tried tp avoid light blue spots, but was aware that most likley even those would hold. Saw some cracks along the edge etc, and around the debri. Anyway .. was glad to get of the lake and cont. on road 🙂

    MD

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