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Jim Herrington

Mountain climber
New York, NY
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 11, 2009 - 05:33pm PT

It's getting to be that time...

Let's see your backcountry ski photos.

I'll start.
I took this near Alta Peak, west side of the Sierra just before the Tablelands, at the beginning of the Sierra High Route (the ski route, duh).
This was around 11pm, full moon...



Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Sep 11, 2009 - 06:12pm PT
kewl photo
curt wohlgemuth

Social climber
Bay Area, California
Sep 11, 2009 - 06:28pm PT
But whydja set your tent on fire?
splitclimber

climber
Sonoma County
Sep 11, 2009 - 06:40pm PT
now I can contibute to this thread on a lazy friday - except it's not skiing

Rock Creek, Bridgeport, Mammoth










Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Sep 11, 2009 - 07:11pm PT
Lunch break...
Walleye

climber
In the Aviary studying trees
Sep 11, 2009 - 08:14pm PT
Yosemite High Route.. Greg Magruder and The South face of Merced Peak

WJF

Tim Messick approaching Post Peak Pass on the Yosemite High Route

WJF
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Sep 11, 2009 - 09:02pm PT
bump for the purdy pictures
mason805

Trad climber
East Bay, CA
Sep 11, 2009 - 09:04pm PT
Cool. I've never been out back country snow boarding but that looks awesome.

Where are those pics, not the Yosemite ones. They look familiar.

Edit: Nevermind. Rock Creek, Mammoth. Duh.

Is this it?

http://www.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=rock+creek+mammoth,+ca&sll=41.763117,-119.597168&sspn=4.064426,9.876709&ie=UTF8&ll=37.561997,-118.185425&spn=2.15973,4.938354&z=8&iwloc=A
Jim Herrington

Mountain climber
New York, NY
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 12, 2009 - 01:55am PT

Dave King, near Banner Peak, Sierra Nevada.

ThomasKeefer

Trad climber
Between Tuscano and Liguria, Italia
Sep 12, 2009 - 10:29am PT
En route to Col du Chardonet:





Mer de Glace



Got French Alps?



Nearing Trient Hut in less than optimal weather



Vallonde del Inferno



Climbing to the Valsorey Hut





Walking in somewhere in Switzerland



Valle Blanche (Chamonix)

Eric McAuliffe

Trad climber
Alpine County, CA
Sep 12, 2009 - 11:42am PT
summit ridge Hiram Pk. Carson Iceberg Wilderness.



Not quite Backcountry, but i took this last season at the XC while on an evening grooming session, look at that smoovvve trail.....




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Jim Herrington

Mountain climber
New York, NY
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 12, 2009 - 11:53am PT


Doug Robinson near Banner Peak, Sierra Nevada.

BCD

Trad climber
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Sep 12, 2009 - 02:17pm PT
Some of my favorites from last year, though it's mostly just a bunch of those damn snowboarders....

first turn of the season:


Mt Walt


Incredible Hulk Left:




Little Slide Canyon


Below Mt Muir:


White Fang:


Emerson:


Picture Peak:




Deerhorn:

Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
Sep 12, 2009 - 02:41pm PT
Cool pictures and awesome scenery !!!

Backcountry skiing is amazing, wish I had taken more pics, this year perhaps!
Mikemcee

Trad climber
Mill Valley, CA
Sep 12, 2009 - 03:14pm PT
A few from a chilly late winter ascent of Casaval Ridge and then a couple more from the summer solstice corn harvest on the Hotlum Wintun. So much fun.

Alpenglow approach


Just before things started getting a little airy




Corn harvest




All smiles


And a bonus Donner pic


BCD, you set the bar so high. Awesome.
MisterT

Trad climber
little blue truck
Sep 12, 2009 - 03:48pm PT
I learned how this year for this trip...



heading up into a whiteout




lovely conditions



working for it



point success



heading down the Emmons Glacier and really wishing I was a better skier.



only 3000 or so more feet to descend.

It was well worth it. I suffered in so many ways.
Doug Robinson

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Sep 12, 2009 - 04:11pm PT
Deerhorn?? Seriously, you guys were a long way back in there! But then, we got there last spring too:




We stopped at Shorty's place for a drink on our way home


And this was almost 40 years ago at Muir Pass
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 14, 2009 - 11:23am PT
Very Nice! Been thinking about cutting turns and voila...the shizzle! The leaves are turning in these parts...snow just around the corner.
khanom

climber
good question
Sep 14, 2009 - 12:01pm PT
This just looks too good to miss out on. I LOVE these pics!

Been meaning to get back on skis a couple of winters now... I really ought to go for it this time 'round.

More photos please?
Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer

Trad climber
Bay Area
Sep 14, 2009 - 01:17pm PT
Some of my favorites from last season:

Craig skinning the ridgeline on Skiers Alta, near the Pear Lake Hut after an aborted High Route attempt due to avi conditions:


Yours truly skinning on Day 4 of the High Route:


Sunrise on Day 3 of the High Route:


Frank descending the East Couloir of Matterhorn Peak in the Sawtooths:



Nice shot of a random skier going down Halls of the Gods Couloir on Angora:


Skin shot that I forget where from:

Fuzzywuzzy

climber
Sep 14, 2009 - 01:56pm PT
BCD -

Damn! Those are super good. Love the B&W of Picture Pk. You get around!

Everyone else...keep posting - cool here today. Already had a winter dream or two in the last couple of weeks.

Remember. I ski. You ski. Whiskey!

Goes for all who glide.

Tom Carter
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Sep 14, 2009 - 02:24pm PT
You want more? Okay...



Pate

Trad climber
The High And Lonely
Sep 14, 2009 - 02:27pm PT
Carter, you're the one who should be posting up! C'mon now, where's the Ruby Goods at?

I'll send you back your shovel if you'll hook us up....maybe.
Jim Herrington

Mountain climber
New York, NY
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 14, 2009 - 02:43pm PT

Crossing the Tablelands on the Sierra High Route.

Walleye

climber
In the Aviary studying trees
Sep 14, 2009 - 02:49pm PT
I'm officially declaring this thread a weener...

Carter, where is that photo of you jumping down Wahoo Gully (or was that Bardini?) I used to have a big poster of that in my room for years..

Jim H. Great black and white shot above..
Pate

Trad climber
The High And Lonely
Sep 14, 2009 - 02:57pm PT
Or that pic of Carter from the Ruby Heli website laying tracks down the huge couloir? Blizzy Bliss.
hafilax

Trad climber
East Van
Sep 14, 2009 - 03:10pm PT
Garibaldi May 2009:

xtrmecat

Trad climber
Kalispell, Montanagonia
Sep 14, 2009 - 08:08pm PT
A friendly bump, and a pic from about three winters ago. This is my cardio hill, and the backside has some good stuff. It has been my desktop for a couple years, too.



Bob
t*r

Trad climber
caught up in the rapture like anita baker
Sep 15, 2009 - 01:59am PT
these pics are driving me f'n nuts
kunlun_shan

Mountain climber
SF, CA
Sep 15, 2009 - 03:51am PT


North side of Pyramid Peak, South Lake Tahoe backcountry, Apr. 11, 2009
Tork

climber
Yosemite
Sep 15, 2009 - 12:28pm PT






Pate

Trad climber
The High And Lonely
Sep 15, 2009 - 12:43pm PT
Sweet shots Tork- no route finding on that one!
Fuzzywuzzy

climber
Sep 15, 2009 - 01:31pm PT
Shitte! I posted on the Traverse Thread - damn!



DR-

Cox skiing NF Whitney 1982 (1st year) note original Dana Designs Terraplane (25 lbs total) That was the Rule. We called it "fueling" instead of eating. Pretty light for us - but heck it was May? What were we worried about?



Carrbro2

Mountain climber
Lakewood, Colorado
Sep 15, 2009 - 02:33pm PT
North Face North Maroon


Holy Cross Wilderness


Bancroft



Democrat


Tork

climber
Yosemite
Sep 15, 2009 - 02:40pm PT








Pate

Mountain climber
Poor Valley
Oct 20, 2009 - 02:47pm PT
In the gloom on Mt. Baldy, CO.



And a sketchy stress fractured slope at dawn after a storm (Colorado).

goatboy smellz

climber
लघिमा
Oct 20, 2009 - 04:17pm PT
Indian Peaks, CO





Grahm Doe

Sport climber
Just South Of Heaven
Oct 20, 2009 - 04:45pm PT
Heres some back country skis...hehe





goatboy smellz

climber
लघिमा
Oct 20, 2009 - 04:50pm PT
SLEDNECKERS!...Hey man where’s the leashes to pull us uphill?
Grahm Doe

Sport climber
Just South Of Heaven
Oct 20, 2009 - 06:10pm PT
slednecks indeed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1Nu8kRPVb4&feature=related

Come on up! I'll be happy to be your own personal chair lift ;-)

We usually pull up to a crag and get some climbs in too.



Sorry for the high jack, now back to your regularly scheduled skiing...
General Ripper

climber
GnarthWest
Oct 20, 2009 - 06:17pm PT
Descending after skiing the headwall in the background on the Northeast Face of Mt. Redoubt.

Credit: General Ripper
Michael Kennedy

Social climber
Carbondale, Colorado
Oct 20, 2009 - 07:04pm PT
Early season turns near Marble, Colorado (no, not this year - yet).

Credit: Michael Kennedy
igikpak

Mountain climber
Ridgway,CO
Oct 20, 2009 - 08:05pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#131748
Pate

Mountain climber
Poor Valley
Oct 20, 2009 - 09:16pm PT
I posted these on the Welcome Tom Carter thread, but I felt like he needs to have a presence here also.



Dick Erb

climber
June Lake, CA
Oct 20, 2009 - 09:28pm PT
Here are some from the BC Coast Mountains, Nirvana Pass area
Credit: Dick Erb
Manitou
Manitou
Credit: Dick Erb
Credit: Dick Erb
Rich Carlstad, old school skinny 210's
Rich Carlstad, old school skinny 210's
Credit: Dick Erb
Zeus
Zeus
Credit: Dick Erb
Buju

Trad climber
the range of light
Oct 20, 2009 - 11:15pm PT
awesome thread! bring on the psyche!



Red Cone Bowl
Red Cone Bowl
Credit: Buju
Timid TopRope

Social climber
Paradise, CA
Oct 20, 2009 - 11:33pm PT
Sun Bowl.  Lassen.  Brokeoff in the background
Sun Bowl. Lassen. Brokeoff in the background
Credit: Timid TopRope
Reilly

Mountain climber
Monrovia, CA
Oct 21, 2009 - 03:15am PT
Burgundy Spire, Washington Pass



Pate

Trad climber
?
Oct 30, 2009 - 03:11pm PT
Up by the hair on my skinny-skin-skins....

David Wilson

climber
CA
Oct 30, 2009 - 03:25pm PT
in the palisades...


Pate

Trad climber
?
Oct 30, 2009 - 03:50pm PT
NIce David. And a Bibler tent too- spendy!
Rokjox

Trad climber
Boys I'dunno
Oct 30, 2009 - 05:43pm PT
MAN, you guys got some pretty places to pack snow.


Nice stuff, nice pics. Somebody got an extra seat in the car this year?


I love doing peaks on skis.


Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 1, 2009 - 10:54pm PT
Powder Bump!
213

climber
The Biggest Little City
Nov 1, 2009 - 11:46pm PT
diggin in tha crates:
sunnydayze
sunnydayze
Credit: 213
three pinning and chillin somewhere high on the sierra high route
321...
321...
Credit: 213
same hat different day different slide. humphreys north couloir
dripdrop
dripdrop
Credit: 213
climbing the north face of the aiguille d'argentiere. good conditions here, but scary black ice in the middle zones, opted instead for couloir barbey. i'll be back!!!
the vine <br/>
 <br/>
the vine


Credit: 213
a reno classic, peavine!
steep sol!
steep sol!
Credit: 213
morning shred seshuan, combe maudit aka kuffner arete
jonez <br/>
 <br/>
jonez


Credit: 213
rock chute, snow creek 18 hole pga-land

wooo hooo fired up for !invierno viente diez!

Dmo

climber
S. Lake Tahoe, CA
Nov 2, 2009 - 12:41pm PT
Good times.

skiing down is always more pleasant than knee bashing through the choss.


A speedy descent of Whitney
A speedy descent of Whitney
Credit: Dmo
Pate

Trad climber
?
Nov 2, 2009 - 02:00pm PT
There is such a thing as too much snow.

Fletcher

Trad climber
somewhere approaching Ajna
Nov 2, 2009 - 06:15pm PT
Excuse me while I clean the drool off my keyboard.... NICE everyone!

Eric
10b4me

Ice climber
the reticient boulder at the Happies
Nov 2, 2009 - 09:09pm PT
great picks.
now where is that early season snow?
Reilly

Mountain climber
Monrovia, CA
Nov 4, 2009 - 12:53am PT
Somewhere in the Cascades...



Don't ask, but check out the state-of-the-art gear!
Anybody who guesses what the strap under my boot is holding
on wins a prize. I haven't thought up the prize yet 'cause I'm
pretty sure it isn't gonna be won.

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 4, 2009 - 01:38pm PT
Some home made support cuffs to help your ankles out?
Pate

Trad climber
?
Nov 4, 2009 - 01:41pm PT
I'm in agreement w/ Steve. I cut up an old kayak hull to make my old Asolo's "Plastic" in '87.
Reilly

Mountain climber
Monrovia, CA
Nov 4, 2009 - 08:16pm PT
You perspicacious dudes are correct in theory but these weren't
no funky home-made lash-ups. They were made by Galibier and called
Rigid Rands. I might own the only pair in the US. Still got 'em and used 'em the last time I went telying! I'll post a pic.
Reilly

Mountain climber
Monrovia, CA
Nov 4, 2009 - 08:43pm PT




Here you can see how beefy they are and why they work so well.
The metal heel piece which nestles down against the mid-sole.
The buckles are also adjustable. This rig turns Asolo 3 pins into edgeing machines. Since they come up behind so far sometimes I just sit back and ski powder like a civilized skier. The duck tape holds on extra padding.

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 8, 2009 - 06:34pm PT
Ladies and gents, the $5 upgrade! Asolo Summit outers and the liners and cuffs from pair of Nordica spiral fracture specials, Skiied on this funk for decades! LOL



t*r

Trad climber
high in the sky with the clouds and snow
Nov 8, 2009 - 06:35pm PT
those are boots. crazy boots!
Pate

Trad climber
The Lost Highway
Nov 21, 2009 - 04:54pm PT
Those boot are classic guys!!!!!

Some Crusty Butte B/C shots during a stormy week:








Backcountry.......does backyard count? circa '80

Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 21, 2009 - 05:43pm PT
Pure granolahead funk, to be sure!
Pate

Trad climber
The Lost Highway
Nov 21, 2009 - 05:46pm PT
Yeah buddy. Forever.
Pate

Trad climber
The Lost Highway
Nov 22, 2009 - 12:55pm PT
cleo

Social climber
Berkeley, CA
Nov 22, 2009 - 01:17pm PT
Wow! Totally genius with the boots!


I tele ski, and snowboard, and when it comes to descents in powder, I'd rather be on a snowboard. Problem is, the technology hasn't evolved *enough* for me to plop down another $1500 on a backcountry snowboard setup. I have an old Burton Custom. It sort of works... too heavy on the feet, and I wanted to use it with mountaineering boots, but with the weight and no backing (using race plate bindings), I could barely control it with those mountaineering boots. But it snowboards great with traditional snowboard boots and bindings (still too heavy for going uphill though)


I want a lighter board with clip (race-plate-like) bindings (Voile is now making these), and I want there to be a backing so I can use it with mountaineering boots (not happening yet, though I could use it with randonee boots, which I didn't like).


Needs more (side to side) control/stiffness while skiing (e.g. traversing steep, icy slopes)... the Burton system was pretty terrible at this.


So... I gave up before I really got started, and learned to tele, which I like very much as well.
cleo

Social climber
Berkeley, CA
Nov 22, 2009 - 01:23pm PT
I like going places, on these:




But they are hard to turn, when one wants to...
(it was also a bit icy)




Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Nov 22, 2009 - 01:40pm PT
holy Moley! Reielly, Grossman, far be it from me to preach to the leather clad trads, but they do make plastic boots for that stuff....
TMJesse

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
Nov 22, 2009 - 02:28pm PT
Credit: TMJesse
Marty D. Cruising spring corn near Carson Pass 1993


Credit: TMJesse
[Re-post] Mr. Timid and Marty that day
Pate

Trad climber
The Lost Highway
Nov 22, 2009 - 02:32pm PT
WHAT a spine back there just begging to be crushed!
matty

Trad climber
los arbor
Nov 24, 2009 - 03:04pm PT
Somewhere in the french alps:

Sometimes the line is good from the very top, knott enough snow this y...
Sometimes the line is good from the very top, knott enough snow this year so we did the red.
Credit: matty

ascending in the alps
ascending in the alps
Credit: matty

about to duck out...
about to duck out...
Credit: matty

Le Banane Couloir <br/>
Le Banane Couloir

Credit: matty

surfing on ice...
surfing on ice...
Credit: matty
Ricardo Cabeza

Trad climber
Warner, NH
Nov 24, 2009 - 04:23pm PT
Cleo,
I wouldn't reccomend anything plastic for your boot setup. You won't get the flex or feel for the board on your descents, at all. Having a feel for or connection with the mt is one of the biggest factors for success.

A split board it really the setup you want to get with for BC snowboarding.

I'm assuming that with the progression of backcountry, there are leather(or synthetic) boots that accomodate crampons.

Otherwise, if you don't need crampons, you don't need stiff boots. Kick steps, it's easy and much more comfortable in cozy snowboard boots than plastics.

Lighter and simpler is better sometimes.

Most of what you're going for ( I assume) is the gnar . Powder couloirs or chutes. Skinning up on a split board will be much easier than walking or snowshoeing.

Just my thoughts.

Best,
Brandon-


EDIT: I just re-read your post and see that you get into some ice against the fall line. My opinion still stands. Yer not gonna die, and the descent will be that much sweeter!
Fogarty

climber
BITD
Nov 24, 2009 - 05:19pm PT
Credit: Fogarty

Teaching my doughter Alexa how to Ski,

She loves to carve the Tele turns now at 16 years young.

Tele'Ho

Every one have a great Thanksgiveng.
Steve Grossman

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 25, 2009 - 09:18pm PT
Jaybro- Right about the time that my granola was getting too stale to work with, I graduated to plastic and big sidecut boards. Took some spectacular dives, at first, when I would angulate hard and fly out over the shovels!!!

Never have put on downhill equipment but I catch all the air that I could want on my long Burton Supermodel.
goatboy smellz

climber
लघिमा
Dec 2, 2009 - 09:24pm PT





Pate

Trad climber
The Lost Highway
Dec 2, 2009 - 09:40pm PT
Dude- are you gettin some into Bear Creek canyon there? Where's that at??????? I see the KYGO sticker, so it's gotta be CO.
Pate

Trad climber
Dec 30, 2009 - 02:00pm PT
My father just had knee surgery last week, a replacement. A lifelong skier until about 10 years ago when his knees forced him to quit. Never a severe injury, just wear and tear.

Will this be me? Or you?


Credit: Pate
Josh Nash

Social climber
riverbank ca
Dec 30, 2009 - 05:24pm PT
first time nordic skiing
Credit: Josh Nash
. rented em cheap and had at it.
Credit: Josh Nash
powderdan

Social climber
mammoth lakes
Dec 30, 2009 - 08:37pm PT
ya backcountry dan! evan DR was impressed with deerhorn! thats a good one. it took me two trips to bag that bird. the photo in secor doesnt reveal the depth(literaly) of that approach. contact me for some turns.
snaps10

Mountain climber
Visalia, CA
Dec 30, 2009 - 08:55pm PT
third time out this season.
Jordan Peak, SNF



Panther Peak, SNP



PeteC

climber
Dec 31, 2009 - 06:46pm PT
3D chute in June
Ryan in 3D chute
Ryan in 3D chute
Credit: PeteC


top of 3D
3d chute entry
3d chute entry
Credit: PeteC



Mendenhall last spring
mendenhall
mendenhall
Credit: PeteC


More Mendenhall
mendenhall crux <br/>
mendenhall crux

Credit: PeteC
Pate

Trad climber
Jan 30, 2010 - 12:57pm PT
Rippers bump
Unfrozen Caveman Lawyer

Trad climber
Bay Area
Mar 1, 2010 - 07:08pm PT
Bump. Now that it actually is "the season", may as well put up some better ones from 2010 so far.

Tamarack Peak, New Years Day Pow (Jon then me):



Moon rising over Dick's Lake, Desolation Wilderness (photo from ski partner Alex):


Me on the top of Dick's Peaklet, pointing out where to cut the cornice (photo: Alex):


Alex splitting the shoulder. Dick's Peak.


Me finding the light. (photo: alex)


Really like this shot of Dick's and Dick's Lake.


South side of Tallac (photo: Alex)


Me finding some good snow at Janine's (photo: Alex)


Forget where, but the snow was great!


The Zen Hour in Desolation Wilderness:



Maggie's Peak - Prime Time (photos: Alex)



Purdy Lake Tahoe:


Tamarack again:


Storm Day.


A toast to all for a continued good ski season!


Kurt Ettinger

Trad climber
Martinez, CA
Mar 1, 2010 - 07:37pm PT
Awesome shots. Here is one breaking track up Tallac two days ago after a couple foot of fresh
Credit: Kurt Ettinger
Tork

climber
Yosemite
Mar 10, 2010 - 11:30am PT
Credit: Tork
Credit: Tork
Credit: Tork
Credit: Tork
Credit: Tork
Credit: Tork
Mandingo

Trad climber
Radlands, CA
Mar 11, 2010 - 04:46pm PT
New York Mtn, CO

New York Mtn, CO &#40;near Eagle&#41;
New York Mtn, CO (near Eagle)
Credit: Mandingo
Cornice of NY Mtn
Cornice of NY Mtn
Credit: Mandingo
marty(r)

climber
beneath the valley of ultravegans
Mar 12, 2010 - 09:46am PT
Some additional reading material: "The Dangerous Game"
Stan Hetrick

Trad climber
Huntington Beach, CA
Mar 12, 2010 - 10:57am PT
Glacier Point, Yosemite. Skiied from Badger Pass, 1/29-31/2010. Scott.
Glacier Point, Yosemite. Skiied from Badger Pass, 1/29-31/2010. Scott.
Credit: Stan Hetrick
Snow camped, didn't stay at the hut. Half Dome in the background. Scot...
Snow camped, didn't stay at the hut. Half Dome in the background. Scott.
Credit: Stan Hetrick
backcountry

Trad climber
Tahoe City, CA
Mar 15, 2010 - 02:39pm PT
skied Mt. Baldwin 12,600' out of Convict Lake last Thursday 3-11.








This is a couloir that reaches the Ridge above Normal Clyde Glacier. 13,400' from this Friday 3-12







lots of sierra ski touring trip reports on my website messageboard here:
http://www.thebackcountry.net/bb/viewforum.php?f=2
johnokner

Trad climber
NJ
Mar 17, 2010 - 07:48am PT
Here are my ski tracks from when i was just out in Utah

motti

climber
helsinki
Aug 7, 2010 - 01:29pm PT
tour ronde
tour ronde
Credit: motti
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