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mouse from merced

Trad climber
merced, california
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 29, 2012 - 04:10pm PT
I know a lot of you only "get OTC" in winter.
I used to "hate" the season, but it's mild here in the Central Valley. Good old tule fog and endless overcast.
I have accepted it, but there is one thing I miss about winter, and that is XC skiing. My skiing is best described as something else, compared to many, and I totally lost interest in the sport when the "skaters" showed up with their flashing speed.
I did enjoy several trips into the Sierra Nevada on skinny skis, never had the oppo to get out and do back country skiing. I would have enjoyed it. Here are some of Jim Shirley's pix from back in the 70s.

It isn't just about ski touring, though. It's about winter. And snow isn't around all winter, so just to keep it honest, let's just say snow. There are enough pix around of JT and Tahquitz free of snow.

And snow isn't just confined to the winter months, remember. So, use these as guides when posting, if you get my "drift."

Credit: JS
Credit: JS
Credit: JS
Credit: JS
Credit: JS
Credit: JS
Credit: JS
Credit: JS
Chuck Kroeger, Jim's neighbor.  aka "Hungry Chuck Biscuits". <br/>
Taft Pt...
Chuck Kroeger, Jim's neighbor. aka "Hungry Chuck Biscuits".
Taft Pt. or Dewey Pt., one.
Credit: JS
Yosemite Valley footbridge.
Yosemite Valley footbridge.
Credit: JS

Sorry, you'll have to supply the names of these peaks on your own...
MFM









Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 29, 2012 - 07:40pm PT
Lovely pix o' small fur-bearing animal of the peromyscus maniculatis variety
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 29, 2012 - 07:52pm PT
Mungo like snow...
Credit: Reilly

Credit: Reilly
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Aug 29, 2012 - 07:53pm PT
Snow, water in a frozen form....now what was it that W.C. Fields said about water?
Nice pics! Yeah, skaters kinda queered it for everyone, didn't they?
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Aug 29, 2012 - 08:24pm PT
I borrowed these. to save others having to go looking for 'em





This was actually called the Trek of the Magnificent Seven. After you put down the camera and joined the group, wasn't it alot of fun?

Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Aug 29, 2012 - 08:49pm PT








donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Aug 29, 2012 - 08:53pm PT
Brandon, I hope it stawms for you more this year than last.
Kalimon

Trad climber
Ridgway, CO
Aug 29, 2012 - 09:25pm PT
Winter 2007-2008, a very good one.
Winter 2007-2008, a very good one.
Credit: Kalimon
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Aug 29, 2012 - 10:03pm PT
Credit: Tami

Bowser

Social climber
Durango CO
Aug 29, 2012 - 10:16pm PT
Last week at Yankee Boy Basin shortly after summiting Mt. Sneffels. It may only be hail, but it is a sign. The Aspens are already turning too.
Credit: Bowser
TwistedCrank

climber
Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Aug 29, 2012 - 10:33pm PT
Credit: TwistedCrank

Holy cow, how I miss snow. Now with this living in the desert and global warming and synthetic fabrics... It's a sad time in the universe.

Sometimes the snow getsta be a few years old and don't go nowhere.

Credit: TwistedCrank
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Aug 29, 2012 - 10:40pm PT
One of my favorite memories is skinning around rock creek canyon under a full moon.
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Aug 29, 2012 - 11:47pm PT

limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Aug 30, 2012 - 12:41am PT
Great western divide
Great western divide
Credit: limpingcrab
Not much snow last year in CA, but it sure made walking easy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSuw-kesYLA
There were at least a few good days!

Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Aug 30, 2012 - 12:45am PT
BC Coast Mountains in winter
BC Coast Mountains in winter
Credit: Ghost

Baffin Island, 1981
Baffin Island, 1981
Credit: Ghost
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Aug 30, 2012 - 12:46am PT
Donini...So many skaters and too many haters....!
WyoRockMan

Trad climber
Flank of the Bighorns
Aug 30, 2012 - 12:53am PT
103 today makes this a great topic!

Poaching Peter's Point at sunrise. 89?
Poaching Peter's Point at sunrise. 89?
Credit: WyoRockMan
Bow Glacier. '92
Bow Glacier. '92
Credit: WyoRockMan
Bunny Hill '12
Bunny Hill '12
Credit: WyoRockMan
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Aug 30, 2012 - 12:57am PT
JohnTp...Rock creek..? One New years eve , with headlamps and some friends we skied up the fisherman trail to the winter lodge....At each foot bridge we would stop and eulogize a lost love one which we then followed with a shot of Polish vodka...Skiing thru the forest with close friends and memories of lost loved ones was a great way to spend new years eve.....
skamoto

Mountain climber
coalinga ca
Aug 30, 2012 - 01:08am PT
Any one ever read the book about Orlando Bartholomew? First Guy to do JMT in winter. I believe in 1929? Could have the year wrong but I'm sure somebody will let me know if I do. Anyways its an awesome book totally recommended it.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Aug 30, 2012 - 01:10am PT
One New years eve , with headlamps and some friends we skied up...

Man, does that bring back memories. New Year's eve, skis, winding up with some people we'd never met, but who became friends, in a storm in a hut high in the Canadian Rockies...

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