it’s a pretty, great state

January 22, 2009

No new snow for 10 days. Maybe more. But we’re getting cabin fever, and sometimes the backcountry is just a waaaaay better place to exercise than the gym. Well, not sometimes, really always, but what I’m saying is, even when the backcountry isn’t freshies, it’s still good, and even when it’s “only” good, it’s waaaaay better than the gym.


Me n Tyler n Jon met at Little Cottonwood parking lot at 5:30 (yes, AM), quickly rejected booting up Coalpit #4, and decided to go to the White Pine trailhead, just down canyon from Snowbird, and head to the Pink Pine Ridge, which divides Red and White Pine Canyons (Get it? White Pine PLUS Red Pine gives you a PINK ridge–how clever is that?), and has a tasty (whoops, I just broke my own “no using the word tasty to describe anything but cookies rule) chute at the top of the ridge.

We expected manky and stanky snow. Turns out, it was only manky.

Climbing Pink Pine (well, HERE we’re resting, but you get the idea):

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Toward the top, the going gets a bit steep, and when the snow is thin, booting is better than skinning:

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Tyler, with the GQ shot:

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I was wrong before, THIS is the GQ shot:

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Jon posted a couple short clips to YouTube of the booting:

And another, in case one video of us walking slowly uphill isn’t enough to satisfy your appetite for videos of us walking uphill slowly:

Either the deer have been at that tree, or it’s a bad place to be in a thunderstorm:

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Jon volunteers to do a “stability test”:

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Tyler decides it’s safe:

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Really Jon? All black?

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Not too bad for 10 days of  no snow:

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The snow machine is sposed to turn back on today. Then it won’t suck so much to get out (sarcasm alert).

22 Responses to “it’s a pretty, great state”

  1. mark Says:

    Meanwhile, I was in bed writhing in pain from food poisoning and in envy from not being there. Glad someone got the goods today.

  2. Jeff Says:

    Can you define “manky” for me? Is that a Utah word?

  3. Jared Says:

    Hey, that snow still looks good! It all makes sense now. I’ve never been able to identify the pink tree.

  4. Ty Says:

    I never realized my ass looked so good. Dug, yours is OK.

  5. dug Says:

    mark, whatever, loser.

    jeff, mank is powder that has gotten wet and heavy, but hasn’t totally solidified yet. mashed potatoesy.

    jared, the snow was roughly 5 times as good as we expected. i mean, on the grand scale, compared to real utah powder, not so good. but compared to what we expected 10 days after the last snowfall? outstanding.

    ty, don’t be catty man.

  6. Jonnie Says:

    Dug – All black is where its at. At least that’s what all my Hollywood friends tell me. Hey I just wear what I got….didn’t know you were passing fashion judgement on me.

    Good times!

  7. bikemike Says:

    does it hurt when you (do you?) hit a tree head on?
    does the last question screw up my kinsey numbers?

  8. tohellandback1st Says:

    great GQ shots… Ty is right, he does have a great ass… Ty, Doug doesn’t have an ass. it just looks like it when he bends over like that…

  9. Rick S. Says:

    I must be on the opposite schedule of Jon and Tyler. Wish I had been there. Nice pics.

  10. dug Says:

    tohellandback1st, that pic was for you. well, not the part with me in it, but ty’s part.

  11. Jeff Says:

    I see…mank is all we have in South-Central PA.

  12. KanyonKris Says:

    Way to carpe diem! Nice photos. Thanks for sharing.

  13. forgingahead Says:

    You guys totally rock getting out bright and early and making the fun happen!

  14. dug Says:

    well, kathleen, we don’t get out early because we love it. we get out early cuz we have to go to work.

    i wish i had a cure for that. i’d much rather do this stuff during the actual day, in actual daylight.

  15. forgingahead Says:

    I just watched the video – what does it mean to “skin it?”

    I don’t care about my kinsey number 🙂

  16. dug Says:

    kathleen, skinning is when you put “climbing skins” on the bottoms of your skis (they hook onto the tip, and clasp around the tail, and have adhesive glue on bottom to stick to the ski, and glide when you slide them forward, and stick when you try to move them back), and with your heel free, you walk up the mountain. you take the skins off when you get to the top, and if you’re normal, you lock your heel in. if you’re twisted, you ski with your heel free.

    we skinned most of today’s route, but in spots where it’s too steep or rocky, we climb by “booting.”

    since jon gave you a terrific clip of us “booting,” here’s an example of skinning:

  17. mtb w Says:

    5:30 AM? Is that a made up number? I don’t think I’ve seen such a number before.

    Were you “booting” in regular downhill ski boots or were they the smaller and ligher backcountry ski boots? If they were regular downhill ski boots, hat/beanies off to ya! I can hardly walk 20 feet in downhill ski boots.

  18. dug Says:

    mtb w, unfortunately, that’s a real number. we don’t call it “dawn patrol” because that’s when we meet, we call it dawn patrol cuz that’s when we get to the top. curse of the workin man.

    i used to hike in my technicas, but i moved up to garmont adrenalines. much lighter, and easier to walk in.

    although, booting is different from walking. you can step up a ridge easier than you can walk across a parking lot or cafeteria.

  19. tohellandback1st Says:

    hey thanks, but, um, does being able to recognize a really nice ass shot vs a not so nice ass shot up your kinsey a bit? and what if it’s your own ass shot you are recognizing as hot?

  20. steveA Says:

    So, Dug, when you guys do these early morning treks to the back country do you come back to your office bathroom to sponge bath or do they have a quality shower for you to enjoy?

    tohell-I would think your Kinsey scores goes up just for wondering. It’s ok to think your ass is hot, but if you have to think about it, up goes your score. Dug doesn’t have to worry since he doesn’t have one.

  21. dug Says:

    steve, nope. ridin dirty all day. i change into real clothes in the car, don’t shower till i get home.

    and stop it already. i have an ass. don’t make me show it to you.

  22. bikemike Says:

    sounds like an advertisement i would use for myself, “Not only do i have an ass…but, i am one.”

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