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  • #670889
    mar123
    370 Posts

    Yeah Bucky nice work, those are some great photos!! Like the bw’s Snurfer, always peaceful riding through aspens

    Headed up to the NW couloir of the Broads fork twins today. Always wanted to hit this line as the sun was setting, so I made plans to do so. I’m sure there are a variety of ways to make this happen, but I wanted a bit of a challenge with a splash of suffering thrown in the mix.

    Decided to approach annnnnnd exit via Deaf Smith canyon. Never been in Deaf Smith before so thought it might be a good idea to familiarize myself before trying to exit in the dark. Pretty canyon, might have to do a little research about some of the sport climbing in there.

    View from the SW ridge

    Stay Gold

    The light was firing, pretty cool experience to ride this line in neon colors!…a few tracks, but the snow was fantastic

    crazy…nice glaze on south facing

    Its going to be a long walk back to town

    I WILL CUT YOU!!

    All in all it was a good character building experience, and feels good to accomplish your goal exactly how you envisioned it. But probably will not be doing that one again anytime soon. 😀

    #670890
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    mar123- whoa I bet that was an epic ride down in the alpenglow, and an epic exit for entirely different reasons. you see any green eyes peering at you on your hike out? some the biggest cougar tracks i’ve ever seen were somewhere in that drainage a few summers ago.

    #670891
    Snowvols
    291 Posts

    mar were you solo? Ever since I saw some green eyes on Lone Peak on a solo hike I have been terrified to hike by myself at night. Maybe I’m just a sissy?

    I think I am going to try some mellow riding this weekend. Hopefully all goes well. I have been out of touch of every think. How are the east or west aspect aspens riding?

    #670892
    mar123
    370 Posts

    Hey Snowvols, good to hear from ya, hope your healing up well, awesome your getting back on the board. Most everything is cooked except high north facing or maybe high east/west that is permanently shaded from trees might work?

    Yeah solo. Didnt see any green eyes, I do quite a bit of night riding on the mountain bike so maybe i’m used to being on trails at night? There was a point where I felt like I was being stalked but that usually happens every time on trails at dark, just the mind playing tricks.

    The thought of Cougars crossed my mind and that maybe I should’ve brought a 9 to scare em off, but that would be extra weight and require a chest harness of some sort, or maybe BD could invent some sort of pole mount 😀 That canyon seemed like it would be prime cougar terrain, although I was making quite a ruckus hiking down the trail, I also wonder if headlamps/bike lights are enough to deter a curious animal? I had my board attached to the back of my pack so that would hopefully shield me from any attack from behind 😯

    some cougar info:
    http://wildlife.utah.gov/learn-more/living-with-cougars.html
    if your bored…I love how the bear just shrugs off the cougar
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArPvUoByqUs

    Has there been any known cougar attacks in the Wasatch? couldnt find anything.

    #670893
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    Beautiful shots Dave

    Logan, If I weren’t headed to the desert I’d do a mellow tour with you. Fingers crossed for a storm around the 27th.

    Dan, I’m def curious about ongoing conditions in Broads Fork as well, Although I won’t be going up on any ridges,
    I’m happy picking low hanging fruit and photographing you mountaineer types 😀

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

    #670895
    Snowvols
    291 Posts

    Three weeks since my accident and I couldn’t handle it anymore. My turns were skiddish at best as I was a bit nervous.

    Doug, you would not have been stoked. Each meadow in meadow chutes had a track cutting across it and ugly turns. Gomers were hitting it.

    #670896
    SwitchBack
    136 Posts

    They should think of building the interconnect to the Oquirrhs.

    Today I interconnected an hour of this

    with about an hour of this

    and got to the top and took a picture of the alien lanscape
    foot corn field on a SE aspect

    Next, I used this 1000′ corn field on a SE aspect

    to interconnect with this tree

    and this powder on the NE aspect of the bowl

    Finally I used this trail to interconnect with my truck.

    #670897
    equilibrium
    25 Posts

    OK. Here’s my contribution to the Utah conditions thread, after lurking all winter thought I’d give back a bit… Hope someone finds it somewhat useful 😳

    We rode Wilson chutes Saturday and it was prime spring corn. Scratchy pre-dawn entry through an icy (E) Butler fork, to the saddle between Wilson and Soldier. Brought the Karakoram crampons, but never put them on because it didn’t get all that bad for that long.

    We dug a pit on the ENE facing Chute, even though avy danger has been low, and were super happy with the solid stability we found. A slight shift after the 7th tap from the shoulder, about 6 inches down, zero propagation.

    We rode two laps East facing, as good as Spring riding gets…really, really nice as it had softened up a bit and we exited through the Glades to Alexander Basin. Could ride the gully all the way to the road, a bit variable snow but quite nice! My first canyon to canyon, we were stoked. Road was still covered all the way to the gate, but a bit slushy in parts, so needed to scoot with my rear foot a bit here and there.

    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/465783878

    PS. Would love to share some pics, but for the life of me can’t figure out how to do it, help!?

    #670894
    Snowvols
    291 Posts

    Switchback – Which canyon did you ride? There is so much sick terrain in the Oquirrh and no one ever goes. Most of the land in private property, but in my experience the land owners do not mind people on foot.

    #670898
    mej
    81 Posts

    Wow Dave, one-upping the suffer factor with the ascent of Deaf Smith too! Switchback, good call on making an Oquirrh corn trip. I have been wanting to ride the background of one of your pics for a while. It looks good right now.

    Ian and I had a great day in the southern Wasatch on Sunday. For anyone looking to ski stuff down there, it looks like most western approaches to the peaks are going to be dirt until 7k. The February storms also look to have plastered the upper ridges of Timp, so they aren’t nearly as bare as they were in late January. There was nice settled pow between 8-9k on north facing slopes. Anything higher was shallow pow on hard windboard or nice corn depending on the aspect. Lower was a huge mixed bag. Images courtesy of Ian.

    At the top

    Run #1

    Skinning out. Touring with skiers on rando race gear is hard. Me way behind.

    Run #2

    Being a weather nerd, I was curious what year was the best early season in history in the Central Wasatch, particularly since many of the pre-January months in my 7 years in the Wasatch have been poor. Early season snowfall not only means a longer season, but also less likelihood for deep persistent weak layers and better touring while the south facing slopes can still survive a day of sun.

    Quite a few of the good years recently were only so good because of snowy springs. ’08-’09 is the classic example, where it was in the 70’s for several days in mid-March and everybody was writing off a slighly below average winter. Then Alta got 250 inches from 3/22-4/26. Hopefully that will happen this year, but its unlikely. It does look like a decent stormy period starting Wednesday.

    Anyway, in the 83-84 winter there was minimal snow until Nov 7. It started snowing on Nov 7 and is didn’t really take a break until Jan 1. 385 inches had fallen in 53 days with basically dirt to start with. That year must have been so good for stability. It went on to set the record for seasonal snowfall at Alta. The epic early season of 04-05 ranks as the 12th best in the last 70 years. Incredibly the four best early seasons in Alta history were the consecutive years ’81-82′,’82-’83,’83-’84,’84-’85.

    #670899
    wasatch surf
    979 Posts

    on sunday my mountaineering friend wanted to rally and do a trip up south ridge of superior. I got off work at midnight and after a few really really short hours of sleep we were on our way up the canyon. Alpine climbing is cool and I’m enjoying getting my feet wet, but god damn you have to take a lot of shit with you. I’ve done the south ridge several times in the summer but wasn’t sure what we would find in the winter so we brought a 30m rope and a smallish rack(still way more pieces of gear than would ever be necessary on this route. I normally use my CAMP super light crampons for spring stuff but a few mixed climbs has demolished them so I borrowed the Grivel g14’s. Super rad crampon but the really aggressive size of the teeth made the first pitch really awkward. For those of you interested in going up this way, expect some short pretty easy rock pitches(only roped up for one pitch and it wasn’t needed) and a lot of walking on top of cornices with big exposure. Also there were a few really steep 60degree(guess) snow pitches as well. We reached the summit a few hours later than I thought (really need to get my rope game organized), but the turns down the W chutes were pretty good. Main south superior and the apron rode ok, but are marked up with moguls and debris. Watching my friend glissade and tromp through the wet spring snow on the apron made me so happy I lugged the splitboard with me, on a few of the rock moves I was cursing it as it bashed into the rocks above almost knocking me onto the LCC road a few thousand feet below.

    Iphone pics

    STEEP (quick google search indicates that the pitch does hit 60degrees here)

    I wanted to climb the crack straight up from the first piece of pro but after a few attempts said fuck it and took the easy route

    and then we decided to put the rope away for good

    LOTS of tricky cornices on the route

    popped my south face of superior cherry

    #670900
    SwitchBack
    136 Posts

    Snowvols, Ophir Canyon. No kidding about the private property back there. Its really confusing with all the no trespassing signs but then you see a whole bunch of stuff like trail head markers and signage that suggest that access is allowed. I actually got “caught” hopping a fence as I was walking back to my truck. I talked to a property owner and she said that they don’t mind skiers and snowboarders as long as they don’t leave an impact. Its the slednecks and off roaders that they want to keep out.

    Mej, you mean this one?

    I tried to ride that one yesterday but I took the wrong drainage up and used up all my water and energy just getting back to the correct drainage.

    While ascending, I saw a set of cougar tracks

    and shortly after found myself in a death gully litter with bones. Some big ones too (cow or moose?) I counted at least 8 spinal columns in about a half mile. Creepy to say the least. Im OK with hiking solo in bear country but cougars make me uneasy. I just imagine the evil nature of a house cat at ten times the size. Next time Ill have to bring my BD pole mounted Glock.

    I also came across what was left of this cabin, probably destroyed by cougars…

    Anyway, after 4 hours of bushwacking, climbing straight up an icy 40 degree slope (hooray for crampons!) to get out of the death drainage and traversing across another, I said fuck it and decided to ride a similar slope on the other side of the cirque from my intended line. (Note what happens when you use your ski pole as a machete)

    It was not a bad consolation prize.

    Perfect corn at 1:30 on a SE aspect. Ill take it.

    Exiting out the correct drainage, I realized it was a pretty easy and straightforward hike and skin. I even saw a few sets of ski tracks.

    #670901
    mej
    81 Posts

    Thats the one. I want to ride the north side of it too.

    #670902
    Stagger Lee
    242 Posts

    I spotted fresh cougar tracks all over the place in Ophir canyon back on MLK day. My dog loves that place because there are bones littered up and down each drainage.

    Then, the following Friday, I was touring up in City Creek found this in my skin track on my way back down to my bicycle.
    I’m not sure how closely it followed me, but I did find where it joined my skin track. It appeared to jump out of a tree whose limbs reached out over my skintrack.

    It’s hard to tell in this crappy picture but the prints were practically as wide as my “ski”.

    #670903
    Stagger Lee
    242 Posts

    Also, this thread is full of so much radness :headbang: Thanks for sharing!

    Also Also, It’s probably bad form to ask for beta, since I’m lazy and don’t post much, but has anyone been in the Tushars lately? I’m heading into the Snorkeling Elk yurt on Monday and I’m kinda curious about coverage along the route into Big John Flat.

    #670904
    mej
    81 Posts

    I was in the Tushars a month ago and both the FS road and the traverse from the ski area to Big John Flat had plenty of coverage. I expect that the road has some melted out sections now, but the traverse is shorter and I am sure still has plenty of cover.

    #670905
    Stagger Lee
    242 Posts

    @mej wrote:

    I was in the Tushars a month ago and both the FS road and the traverse from the ski area to Big John Flat had plenty of coverage. I expect that the road has some melted out sections now, but the traverse is shorter and I am sure still has plenty of cover.

    Awesome. That’s exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!!

    #670906
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    Much radness dudes! Nice work on Superior Dan, although that second to last pic is scares the piss out of me – and guys please don’t shoot the kitty cats, they don’t have a say in us being their neighbors, much less having us as guests in their ranges 🙂

    @Stagger Lee wrote:

    Also, this thread is full of so much radness :headbang: Thanks for sharing!

    Also Also, It’s probably bad form to ask for beta, since I’m lazy and don’t post much, but has anyone been in the Tushars lately? I’m heading into the Snorkeling Elk yurt on Monday and I’m kinda curious about coverage along the route into Big John Flat.

    Good to see you posting again, have fun down south – From this mornings Wasatch Snow Forecast “The big winner yesterday was Eagle Point in central Utah, which is reporting 13″ of fresh snow!”

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

    #670907
    SwitchBack
    136 Posts

    Snurfer, I promise to keep my bullets out of the kitties as long as they keep their teeth out of my windpipe.

    #670908
    Snurfer
    1448 Posts

    @switchback wrote:

    Snurfer, I promise to keep my bullets out of the kitties as long as they keep their teeth out of my windpipe.

    I hear ya, I’m all about protecting oneself. But it’s common that media sensationalism brings out the angry mob mentality with regard to wildlife, when no real threat exists, or harm occurred. I definitely lament the fact that my dog is too old to trail run with me, because running after/before dark in the summer is really awesome and I no longer posses firearms (personal choice not a judgement of those that do). That said, if the day should come when I’m laid low by a mountain cat, I’ll cross over considering it an honor.

    Apologies for thread drift, carry-on.

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

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