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  • #670870
    mar123
    370 Posts

    I dont know why but after six seasons in the Wasatch it started to bother me that I have not ticked this one off. Maybe I avoided it due to all the crowds and knowing that there’s a 95% chance I will not get first tracks down… But it is an awesome line and kudos to all you hard working, headlamp wearing, dawn patrollers getting first tracks!

    Driving up at about 6:45 there had to be at least 30 people on the ridge with headlamps, but I mentally prepared myself knowing what I was in for today. Just enjoy a beautiful morning and hit this line. It stung knowing that there are so many fresh lines to be had out there with zero people, but also its nice ticking this one off in somewhat good conditions regardless of the crowds.

    Beautiful Sunrise, with a solo track down the North Face…wish I was headed down there but I feel obligated at this point

    first tracks…

    and thats that

    Even with a gazillion tracks in by 9AM the snow was fantastic and multiple faceshots were had. 😀 :headbang: Also got a chance to really put the Mr. Chomps split crampons to the test on a bullet proof exposed face off the ridge… they work so good, would highly recommend a pair to anyone with sparks.

    Enjoy the pow pow, its really good out there!

    #670871
    WhitePine
    503 Posts

    I finally got the wife out for a dusk patrol outing. She’s finally good enough to start venturing into the backcountry and she has still never experienced a line of powder without crossing someone else’s tracks. Until yesterday, that is. I think she might be converted. It was a beautiful thing. We hit the trail yesterday afternoon just as the storm broke and the sun popped out. It was perfect timing.

    #670872
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    nice job Dave! I still have that one on my list too. We did a days fork tour that day and it was sublime. So nice to have good stability, party riding down main days was one of the highlights of my season for sure.

    That’s awesome Whitepine! helping someone get their first real backcountry powder tour is priceless.

    Full TR coming from the past week but for now a few pics

    Hard to get pics when you’re with this crew. Can’t get in front of them! Scooby2 in lower days. If you ever see a line with 2 turns to everyone else’s 10 you know you just saw his track.

    just about the clearest day I can remember in the wahsnatch. Uinta’s looking good.

    #670873
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    Well done folks :headbang:
    Up until today, March has been an undesirable stew of work deadlines, and fear, doubt and trepidation about my physical health.
    BUT…. I just got discharged from PT and I have ten days of uninterrupted vacation time starting Saturday! :bananas:
    Thanks for all the stoke and inspiration fellas :bow:

    I know I have an emoticon fetish 😳

    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #670860
    SwitchBack
    136 Posts

    Yesterday

    Today

    a couple of Hendrix solos later…

    Non solar aspects have been riding real good.

    #670874
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    @Snurfer wrote:

    Well done folks :headbang:
    Up until today, March has been an undesirable stew of work deadlines, and fear, doubt and trepidation about my physical health.
    BUT…. I just got discharged from PT and I have ten days of uninterrupted vacation time starting Saturday! :bananas:
    Thanks for all the stoke and inspiration fellas :bow:

    I know I have an emoticon fetish 😳

    hell yes! if you wanna tour or run let me know I could use both. I have some afternoons and weekends off.

    #670875
    mar123
    370 Posts

    photo dump….Broads/Mill B stoke…stability and good snow :clap:

    well some stability, closer look at the glide in Broads

    UTAH skinning up

    UTAH harvesting the goods

    UTAH riding with Wasatch Don, Barrows, and Keffler above…and Bucky, can you find him

    da east face, nice work

    view into Mill B

    Buckchow has 2 bindings

    Barrows shredding

    Wasatch Don, looking for the next turn

    Keffler

    Wasatch Don, Barrows, Bucky, Keffler(behind Bucky), UTAH, Mar123(photo)

    Good snow found on high northerly and easterly aspects to about 7800…Nice meeting you Barrows, Keffler and Wasatch Don today, fun turns!

    #670876
    buckchow
    356 Posts

    We rode off the top of Broads Fork East Twin yesterday. There were remains of a few new (less than 48 hr old) wind slab avalanches in the Diving Board and upper Broads Fork area on NE facing. The snow in the NW chute was smooth and wind affected with no instability. The hike out Deaf Smith Fork was just fine. Here’s Jason M heading up the booter:

    Nice to ride with you all up in Broads this past weekend!

    Also I got some new photos up on mah tumblr: http://monktadaelmeowy.tumblr.com/

    #670877
    mar123
    370 Posts

    Nice Bucky! been wanting to get after that line for a while 😀

    #670878
    Snowvols
    291 Posts

    Strong work, Bucky. Feeding off of the stoke everyone is posting in the Utah Conditions thread is keeping me sane.

    I got the stitches out on the elbow and doc said probably 3 months until full recovery. Turns all year will be tough to do but I think I might try some mellow slopes to just check off the months. My Alaska trip had to be canceled so I am thinking of heading to Argentina this summer, anyone have any beta?

    #670879
    mej
    81 Posts

    Wow, Bucky, if you didn’t mind that exit then you must have a higher tolerance for misery than I do. Did you walk through the creek where it narrows or go up and over the rock rib?
    I was in a party of five that rode Athey’s Line/ Yer Crazy on Sunday. It was variable wind board through most of the line. We could see your booter going up to the summit of the Twins. Looks like this storm laid down another good layer of wind board in the high elevations. Hopefully several inches fell after the wind died down late last night.

    #670880
    buckchow
    356 Posts

    mej – The exit out Deaf Smith Fork was some bushwackboarding, some bushwacksplitskiing, some creekhiking, some trailstrolling. My personal preference when descending canyons is to stay in the water course whenever feasible, which I did at the choke narrows. Certainly a subpar exit fork, but not so bad really, I mean you just blast downward, not too much decision making, whereas a buchwacky ascent can present lots of opportunity for second guessing and wasted upward movement. Another party who rode NW chute that day chose to boot back up to the ridge of Broads and ski down the Diving Board run, which I salute, but I am trying to make conservative decisions and the recent slab slides on rock both sides of that run dissuaded me from that. Really wanna go back and ride the east face of Broads though, yum, looks awesome. Logan- glad you’re looking at summer objectives. We’re shook by what happen to you and glad you’re recovering man.

    Nic UTAH emerges from the shadows:

    Nic UTAH drops:

    And here’s that hike out Deaf Smith… psyche… actually in a tributary of the Grand Canyon last week, guess sometimes I do leave the watercourse:

    #670881
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    Logan glad to hear you are on the mend dude. After seven months of injuries I can certainly empathize with you, being injured just isn’t very fun.
    But considering what you went through I’m glad you are here, if not a little banged up.

    Seeing that I got discharged from physical therapy last week and successfully made another journey round the sun, I felt obligated to go look at the new snow today.
    Conditions were good/interesting and the snow rode fast!

    Ventured through Bear Trap, Mule Hollow and West Willow, broke a shit ton of trail. Light snow fell the entire day with intermittent sunshine, making for weird light conditions.
    Pretty cool day, but took one hard spill in Willow and mildly re-tweaked my back. The ride out was amazing!

    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #670882
    mar123
    370 Posts

    today was pretty sick, bottomless, overhead, choker, blower!! There was literally zero wind effect on west facing. Temps stayed cool not sure about south facing but id imagine most things will be blower tomorrow as well…tomorrow should be pretty epic!! Probably some of the best turns of the year for me.

    unreal turns back down to the main skinner…stability was great, snow was glued, no major sluffing

    back up for another little chute just lookers right of benson

    went back up to check out another chute down and lookers left of benson, been eyeing this one for some time, the ramp is hidden, it goes

    went up far enough to just peak around the corner…the chute itself looks pretty sic, almost certain it goes from the ridge, can get a good view of it from Georges bowl

    but it does have some serious exposure, you have to make a hard left onto the ramp or your going over a cliff…didnt feel comfortable hitting this solo and with no way to self arrest…maybe abother time…not sure if there is a name for this or if anyone has skied it

    view of that line from Georges…critical left turn

    one last lap on a nice treed chute lower down…skinning up

    from the ridge…sunset turning red, gotta hurry

    skinned up the lookers right, rode lookers left….probably the most kickturns I have ever made on a skinner 😛

    peace :headbang:

    #670883
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    Doug so stoked to see you touring again. beautiful shots.

    Dave’s a fucking killer. i’ve been looking at some of those chutes as well. There’s one just up from B&H bucky and I tried called the pussy palace(or at least that’s what we called it). might be time to rally and actually get it. solid work.

    #670884
    buckchow
    356 Posts

    Glad to see you’re back at it Doug! What to do about injuries: Fight them? Accept and accommodate? Medication? In the end none of us get out alive so, whatever, I dunno what the conclusion there is. Nice job sniffing out Reed and Benson ridge Dave, I wanna get in there with you. Here shots of John L from today. So beautiful up there. 2 other people in Broads and absolutely no one in Mill B on the exit. More coyote tracks than humans.

    Damn it feels good to be a splitter.

    #670885
    jplsplit
    23 Posts

    Damn good day in the mountains! Glad we could get that run done today Bucky and thanks for making me look cool!

    #670886
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    Dan and Bucky thanks for the encouraging words and continued sharing of stoke. Same goes for Nic, Dave and crews.
    BTW If I haven’t said so previously; props to Switchback for your clean lines this season, dig your style and approach.

    Conversely, to the multiple crews that burned up my skinner on Tuesday, have your mom get you a lift pass so you can learn to link more than two fucking turns. Gawd you clowns left a mess :nononno:

    But I digress :soapbox:

    I headed back out Wednesday, it was quite cold in the morning under clear skies, lots of surface faceting made for a greasy skinner. Steep N/NW evergreens rode really well with some nice deep pockets, face shots and manageable sluffs.

    Midday I dropped into some unfamiliar southerly terrain with large open meadows and enormous, well spaced aspens. In terms of flow and finese the turns were best of season for me. The slog back up under the midday sun was a clinic in glomp and hydration management. Warm! The 2k’ parting shot through the steep evergreens and on out to the road capped a good day.

    Dave, if you’re conservative rolling solo then I’m simply a wuss 😉 I stood looking down this line two days in a row and just couldn’t pull the trigger. (Huge cornices on either side sharing a common run-out)

    Tuesday’s long line in a better light – the natural pipe through the trees was the real deal – rock hard ice under a skiff of pow, in bad light made for some hard ass crashes- ouch!

    Random snow art

    Shark Snowsurf Chuna
    Voile V-Tail 170 BC
    Voile One Ninety Five
    Spark R&D Arc

    #670887
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    Bucky-great photos! strong work. how long you think travel up broads will be advisable?

    Doug- that photo of the long line is awesome. super aesthetic.

    #670888
    davidr
    102 Posts

    plenty of snow in the la sals, just got back from my first trip there, hope to be back soon!

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