Monday, January 30, 2012

Grandaddy ++

Finally got out snowboarding again in the ridiculous snow year we are having.
This tree tells the story pretty well:

Turns out Blogger updated their photo system, so click the images below for a better view, it's worth it :)

So Jeff, Najeeby and I headed back to Grandaddy. Apt name for it, long haul up the valley between Corn Biscuit and Lips.

These next photos are climbing the skyline in the photo above.

not bad not bad, if you're into winter and mountains that is. Yeah!

Tommy moe run on the W face of Grandaddy. BIG! Did Tommy ski it? I have no idea, but it's a proud line so I'm guessing he did. Jeff coming into where we could spot from... conditions were perfect, pretty slow snow made the angle feel a bit easier than it really is.

Back up and over. Not too cold this day, probably never got above zero but the sun actually felt warm at times, actually only right here I think.

yes the swallowtail was happy.
Nice chute to get back to the valley we came up. After this Jeff and I skinned over and booted up the thing in the background for a run on the Mistress, oh the Mistress.

climbing one of her thighs.. light fading.

Jeff ready to go down on the Mistress at sunset.

sick day, 3 new runs for me, 2 of which have long been of lore and intimidation. Good (and stable!) conditions make it happen. Will have no problem sewing little bags all day tomorrow.

Monday, January 02, 2012

Happy 2012

So it's been what, 5 months since I've updated this thing? Guess I'm not too into blogging lately. Maybe in 2012 I'll make more of an effort. doubt it!

Jeff, Najeeby Andy and I started the New Year off right. Temps never got above zero and the wind was brisk on the ridges but conditions could not be any better. Skied Todd's run on Tincan in perfect top to bottom powder. Then climbed up the left side back to the top and did one of the south face lines between Proper and the hippie bowl, superb conditions that felt like those sweet pow lines you seen in ski films shot in Japan, skinny trees, steep, tons of snow, you get the idea. Up again for the wicked gnar line (thanks Andy) to the road. Wore the big gloves all day and the puffy pants emerged from the pack quite a bit.

Mostly skinning photos, the temps & wind were not conducive for exposing flesh for photography sake on the descents.

Looking over to Eddies and Wolverine, Joe and Cathy are somewhere along that ridge.

Had some of the deepest, almost underwater blue tones today - yelling at you "it's faaacking cold here", especially later over the 20 mile valley.

Heading down the South side

Happy New Year!