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  • in reply to: UTAH 2014/2015 Conditions #780743
    buckchow
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    Reminder: 2015 Wasatch Splitfest kicks off tonight at Brewvies!
    Mt Raymond main chute rode great on Tuesday.
    It’s snowing in SLC as we speak.

    in reply to: 2015 Wasatch Splitfest #779894
    buckchow
    Participant

    We got a facebook thread going for further details:
    https://www.facebook.com/WasatchSplitfest
    Hope to see you all out there for the splitfest!

    in reply to: Re-enabling the old forum #779463
    buckchow
    Participant

    I’ll chime in another vote here for returning the forum to its previous state, if possible, whenever for reasons including:
    -new format displays photos in posts significantly smaller than before
    -new format lacks crucial “View Active Post” button; checking out “what’s new” now requires navigating byzantine directories
    -new format features overly robust mouseover/popups
    -new posts I have made to threads are not showing up in those threads
    -what users like me see as the actual key content of the forum, which are the text and photos in the posts, now has less than 50% of the screen space on my monitor. The rest of the screen space goes to ads and space-eating formatting.
    Not trying to be whiny – I offer these suggestions in the spirit of being constructive – I really appreciate Chris G and any other sb.com admins for providing this space for our tribe to share experiences. But I haven’t been using the site lately, partly cuz it’s become more fatiguing to me to navigate and participate in its new format. Lack of snow, plus improvements in competing social media (fb, instagram, etc) are certainly other factors.

    in reply to: 2015 Splitfests #677935
    buckchow
    Participant

    Wasatch Splitfest
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb 26-March 1, 2015

    in reply to: Desert Corn #676907
    buckchow
    Participant

    Awesome! Great Basin National Park is a favorite of mine that I’ve been to on several splitboarding missions. I named my company after the Bristlecone trees there cuz they are super rad.

    The “some gnar” photo that is posted above, shows the main (lookers left in the photo) and alternate fork of the run called The Ditch, off the the top of Jeff Davis Peak, into the permanent snowfield (used to be classified a glacier) in the cirque. To give perspective that photo shows only about the upper 20% of The Ditch. Dan wasatchsurf and I rode that shot in settled winter powder one time which required starting skinning at 7300′. Long day but absolutely nobody else in the entire Park that weekend. One of my fave runs ever.

    There’s a couple other progressively steeper shots deeper in the cirque on the way to Wheeler Peak that McLean et al dubbed Vortex, Cortex, and Alien. There’s also good lower angle treed shots in the Stella Lake and Bald Mtn area that we rode during sketchy winter storm conditions one time. When and if GBNP ever gets another big snow year, I’ll be back.

    in reply to: Desert Pow in the Unknown Range 4/6/14 #675670
    buckchow
    Participant

    And I felt there was someone watching me. The Dirty Devil river water, we let it settle over night in a bucket, filtered it, drank it. It’s the thickest river around.

    in reply to: Desert Pow in the Unknown Range 4/6/14 #675667
    buckchow
    Participant

    Sweet, switchback, I’ve never gotten up in the Henries but really would like to. I gotta point out, so in your first photo, which is looking west at the San Rafael Reef while driving I-70: that darker brown triangular face in the center, whose summit barely breaks above the horizon line behind it – the climbers call that Death by Chocolate, and I coincidentally got up to within 20 feet of the summit of that on Thursday, really fun terrain to scramble around in:

    A bit off the summit is a massive double arch, prolly 100 ft across:

    Then in your photo of Canyonlands and La Sals, that sprawling canyon complex in the foreground is the Dirty Devil and Robbers Roost area, with Canyonlands farther distant toward the La Sals. I was actually, literally, somewhere in that terrain when you took that photo, cuz I floated the Dirty Devil this weekend, here’s what it looked like in there:

    Sorry to thread drift away from the splitting but I’m caffeinated and post-trip-stoked too. Hope to see you again soon Switchback!

    in reply to: UTAH 2013/2014 Conditions #670884
    buckchow
    Participant

    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.

    in reply to: Checkin in from the Wasatch……..again. #675985
    buckchow
    Participant

    Yeah Shred Dog video! Your daughter is awesome dancer too

    in reply to: UTAH 2013/2014 Conditions #670880
    buckchow
    Participant

    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:

    in reply to: UTAH 2013/2014 Conditions #670876
    buckchow
    Participant

    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/

    in reply to: 3/1/14 Terminal Cancer Avalanche #675731
    buckchow
    Participant

    So glad you are OK, Ryan. Thanks for posting such a detailed examination.

    in reply to: Sorcerer’s Lodge Jan 4-11 #675479
    buckchow
    Participant

    Hey nice write up Dan! Likewise, I was continually impressed by the operation of the Sorcerer Lodge crew and our guides. What amazing facilities, terrain, and environs. I want to go back.

    One little personal takeaway: So, I tried out a different shaped splitboard one day, and immediately fell, hard, on my first couple runs on it, in spots I particularly did not want to fall. Wow, I really was not adapting to this different board, and it was frustrating. That evening as Chucky was calling obs to the base over the radio, his impressively detailed communique included something like “Aggressive slope testing yielded negative results.” Pretty sure my tumbling falls were a large part of that “aggressive slope testing.” Tail tucked, I reverted to my standard, familiar splitboard and remained relatively upright for the remaining days.

    Thanks Alister for spearheading this, and to everyone else on the trip. Hopefully that check will clear, Al. If you work the US/Canada border, and are reading this, I have no idea what that smiling smoking emoticon means.

    in reply to: UTAH 2013/2014 Conditions #670856
    buckchow
    Participant

    Woops SwitchBack, somehow I thought you = John L…. good to meet ya though and nice work, UTAH, mar123, snurfer, mej!
    It not the Wasatch, but here’s some shots from the western part of the north slope of the Uintas, over past 4 days:

    A trip to the yurt with snow in the forecast calls for Unicorn Chasers all around.

    Is this cheating? In the distance, you can see the treed slopes that we laid 40 tracks down.

    We dug a pit at 10900′ north-facing windloaded in medium density trees near the summit. We got a result of ECT 23 Q2: by that I mean that we isolated a 3 ft wide column and it took the 3rd shoulder-strength whack to get a shear in the column, which was about a foot down with little energy but a well-defined bed surface. This was the new windblown storm snow failing on what seemed to be older windpacked layer. It broke only under the shovel at 23; it took harder-than-shoulder whacks to get it to propagate across the whole 3 ft wide column. The rest of the snowpack down to 6 ft deep was pretty consistently settled and well bonded. We didn’t dig all the way down to ground to check out the full depth behavior as probing showed the total snowpack depth in this windloaded spot to be 10 or 11 ft and that’s too much digging for me. A full depth pit dug all the way to the ground in a shallower location would have been helpful to understand the potential for deep slabs. Even though this test (and our observations of no slides in the area, no whomphing, no nasty wind slabs breaking off) suggested that the upper part of the snowpack was in fairly decent shape, we decided to leave the more avy-prone terrain of northern slopes of the mtn alone, mostly cuz: the deep slabs may still be lurking, plus it kept snowing while we were there, plus there was a lot of wind transport (50+ mph winds and a tree blown down right at the yurt). So we decided to play it safe and confine our riding to slightly lower angle, northwest to west-facing trees.

    Zach:

    Haystack Nubbins One and Two:

    Alister:

    Jason:

    On the up through the lower burnt forest:

    Sleds, kaossilators, brownies, chopping wood, freestyle battles, faceshots every run. Let’s do it again sometime boys!

    in reply to: Avalanche in Terminal Cancer #675713
    buckchow
    Participant

    Holy shit Logan. That really gives me serious goosebumps. I’ve been up that chute and I can’t believe you’re not worse off from that ride. It’s a skinny chute, but thank god it’s straight, huh? I’m so glad it wasn’t worse for you and everyone else involved.

    First time I went to that chute with Dan, we turned back about 2/3 of the way up, right before the upper skinny section, after we had a fair bit of discussion about the snow conditions. Your accident really puts that decision in perspective.

    I’m glad that you’re emphasizing, don’t ever be hesitant to turn back from an objective in the backcountry if it doesn’t seem right.

    Most important I wish you a speedy recovery man! I look forward to riding again with you soon.

    in reply to: Another close call, the KittelfjÀll story #675528
    buckchow
    Participant

    Thx for the writeup. I wish for a quick recovery.

    in reply to: UTAH 2013/2014 Conditions #670840
    buckchow
    Participant

    Sasha in the heart of White Pine:
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    Every board is a rock board. Ridge skinning, Wasatch style:
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    John L (switchback) gets first tracks in the entrance to the Hallway Coulior:
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    Visiting splitboard emissary Kyle Miller gets shacked in the Hallway:
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    in reply to: UTAH 2013/2014 Conditions #670839
    buckchow
    Participant

    Pardon me that the following is sappy and run-on. There will be a couple photos if you scroll down. But I want to say:

    This thing we do (splitboarding/backcountry/touring/mountaineering/seeking adventure/pressing our limits/etc), while it provides to me, and I hope to you, so much celebration of existence, a purity of effort and activity and purpose, we also gotta recognize that it’s inherently pretty dangerous. It may result in our individual end (aka “death”). That happened to a couple of us in the extended North American splitboard/mountaineering community in the past week. Several others over the past couple years. Accumulated heaviness. “None of us get out of this alive,” that applies not just to our chosen high risk activities, it applies to existence as a human in general.

    We homo sapiens (well maybe dolphins and elephants a bit too) are uniquely aware of our mortality. I have a daily relationship with another species (OK: cats, judge me as you wish) enough to appreciate their LACK of awareness of mortality and grief, if that makes sense. I frequently wish I had their ignorance in that regard. Their resilience and ability to live in the present moment, without the weight of the past, or concern for the future, that really informs me. Because my connection with others’ mortality, and my own, it haunts me, and I try to learn from it and leave it behind as best I can. I hope that it inspires me to make as good decisions as I can, and live my finite life as boldly and appropriately as possible. Ok, enough of that.

    Thanks to Bob (jivestick) for your curmudgeon spirit and independence and consistently valid and helpful observations. Please see and support wowasatch.com if you don’t already do that. Understand that you are supporting a true local legend and a good soul if you do that.

    Thanks to Brett, Trent, Paul, and all the UAC folks – if you merely consider a beancounter-style cost/benefit analysis of their efforts, the UAC is an incredibly efficient protector of human life, and they help us all immensely.

    Thanks to all of you who contributed to the splitfest last week: Josh, Dave (mar123), Kelly R, Alister (singlewhitecaveman(ps you need to change yr handle cuz you are married)) at Chimera, Dan (wasatchsurf), the Voile folks, Arc’teryx, Matt J, Jason M, Eric M, Patagonia, Eddie Bauer, Black Diamond, Wasatch Backcountry Alliance, doug mackay (snurfer), Spark R&D, Prior, Venture, Out and Back, and Hand Out Gloves.

    Thanks to Chris G (bcrider) for running this site, his hospitality, and for providing a forum for gathering our tribe in this digital age.

    Thank Kyle Miller for your friendship and example of a life lived boldly with passion and positivity.

    Thanks to Alex and the staff of Save Our Canyons for fighting the good fight for protecting the scarce backcountry resources. Thank you Alexis Kelner! This wilderness we have in the Wasatch, so close to a metropolis of a million plus people, is unique, and Save Our Canyons has been, and continues to be, instrumental in protecting access for us.

    And thanks to anyone who broke trail for me, I will try my best to repay you.

    in reply to: Treepilot Gone…but not forgotten #675359
    buckchow
    Participant

    I was lucky to go to the Rogers Pass splitfest a couple years back, and Wade’s energy in organizing that served as an inspiration for us to hold our own splitfest down here in Utah. My heart goes out to Wade’s friends and family.

    in reply to: UTAH 2013/2014 Conditions #670817
    buckchow
    Participant

    This just in – LCC road is scheduled to be closed until 8:30 AM tomorrow (Thursday Feb 13th) for avy control, so our scheduled meet-up at the Town of Alta at 8:30AM tomorrow morning, well, that likely won’t be doable! So, some of us will be waiting at the LCC Park n Ride till the road opens, we’ll be there by 8AM, and we’ll assess the situation from there. Look for our splitfest banner, and we’ll do our best to get together! Most likely, we’ll be heading into the lower angle slopes of Grizzly Gulch for touring tomorrow, as we’ve got hazardous conditions and increasing avy danger forecasted.

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