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  • #644661
    samh
    726 Posts

    Saddle between Blackmore and Elephant was a goddamn shit show of ice, rocks, and grass but we got up and over it. On the SW side of Blackmore we produced ECT 28 Q2 then picked our way carefully down through trees and exposed rocks (super variable snow depending on tree cover) into Alex Lowe basin. The winds were absolutely raging and that combined with the super-crust we didn’t even consider attempting to summit Alex Lowe Peak (our initial objective) but instead focused on building pimpin’ snow shelters to camp in.

    About six inches of freshies fell while building our snow caves and after dinner and whisky we snuggled down for the night. Morning brought bluebird skies and a soft layer of “the goods” which we skinned and slayed on low angle stuff around camp. The skin up the Blackmore/Elephant saddle from this side was mostly powder snow with occasional breakable crust. Then we had the wonderful downclimb of the icy grossness on the other side to contend with. The “luge run” back to the truck was pretty fun with the fresh snow though.

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    #644662
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Sounds like fun Sam! I would love to see some photos if you had any.

    #644663
    samh
    726 Posts

    Shot some video – haven’t reviewed any of it yet though. I’ll let you know if I ended up shooting anything good.

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    #644664
    Chef_Ben
    134 Posts

    Hey all! just left the bitteroots and now camping on stevens pass in washington latest blog post is about lolo pass

    😡 A little preview to wet your whistle…

    Click link below.

    #644665
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Skied multiple laps on the E Face of Blackmore on Thur. Despite evidence of major windloading (biggest pillows I’ve ever seen in the trees below the basin),
    we saw no cracking/heard no collapsing and saw no naturals. Dug a pit on the E Face @ 9400′ and got good results ECTN24 Q3, finally breaking sluggishly on
    small facets 40cm down. Felt comfortable ripping anywhere on the E Face, which we did multiple times.
    Stoke photo of Alex Lowe Peak:

    #644666
    samh
    726 Posts

    Here’s some more Alex Lowe stoke. This photo was taken from down in the basin and the East face of Alex Lowe is visible. I will ski this face.

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    #644667
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Yes- the east face is a gem! Did you build a partial igloo or tent wall perhaps up on a bench below the N Face of Elephant? Saw the remnants of one up there on Thur.

    #644668
    samh
    726 Posts

    @nickstayner wrote:

    Yes- the east face is a gem! Did you build a partial igloo or tent wall perhaps up on a bench below the N Face of Elephant? Saw the remnants of one up there on Thur.

    We built three snow shelters and a wind-block wall below Elephant, yes. Small world.

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    #644669
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Crazy wind in the eastern Beartooths over the weekend. The crazy paradox of that place in the midwinter is that I either find bad snow and good weather/snowpack or great snow and awful snowpack/weather. Bailed from the bowl in question when we got a giant collapse down low. Psyched to stick around here this weekend :).

    #644670
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Almost felt like a powder day up there today. Pretty good riding at History Rock (all my student self had time for w/ tests coming up). 4-5″ by the time we left around 11. Should be nice up in the higher reaches this weekend.

    #644671
    samh
    726 Posts

    Gettin’ ‘er done!

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    #644672
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Stellar touring conditions in Hyalite this weekend. People were sure getting after it! Tracks on some of the most obscure stuff I’ve seen!
    Probably like 6″ of cold smoke well preserved by cool temps made for outstanding riding on all aspects.
    Couldn’t even get a column to break in an upper elevation n facing ECT, and got 70% of the way through a PST before failure.
    Rode all over S and N aspects. Terrific.
    Nomad and MJ get some in a gully.

    Ty shreds a s. facing spine:

    #644673
    samh
    726 Posts

    It was cool seeing both you and Nomad writing up TRs from the same place on your respective blogs. Looks like fun.

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    #644674
    samh
    726 Posts


    Advanced avalanche seminar – Marcie in first pit


    Advanced avalanche seminar – Marcie in second pit


    Results from second pit


    The new Gallatin Valley life flight ship was out practicing just below where we were studying.


    Snow Pilot snow pit (from Sunday, not during class)

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    #644675
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Cool Sam- that software looks fun to play around with. You can download it for free no? Nice capture of the air ambulance. High time the Gallatin Valley got one of those. Thanks for the comment on the blog too.

    #644676
    samh
    726 Posts

    Free download from http://www.snowpilot.org/ Super easy to install and use. I record my notes in the field in my notebook and then enter it into the software when I get home.

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    #644677
    samh
    726 Posts

    Had a 1/2 day at work so headed up for some morning turns to History Rock. The bottom two snowfields were shit, but the top one was untracked, boot-deep sugar. Really fun to cruise down through.

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    #644678
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Nice one sam!

    #644679
    nickstayner
    700 Posts

    Best skiing of the year in Hyalite currently. the 4-8″ of super light new snow, highly stable conditions. Got to tag some fun new lines as well as an old one.
    [vimeo:qym13z2u]http://www.vimeo.com/36670860[/vimeo:qym13z2u]


    #644680
    samh
    726 Posts

    The Pinner – “somewhere in Hyalite”. You shouldn’t have shown your exiting line if you didn’t want to give the location of that one away ; )

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