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Randonee/AT/BC Skiing on 108 / Spring 2021
« on: April 28, 2021, 03:44:49 PM »
just a post to remind me that chutes in CF were run in April this year. props to those getting out.

Randonee/AT/BC Skiing on 108 / Sled Season 20/21!
« on: October 28, 2020, 01:43:19 PM »
It will be tEh eP1c!

Randonee/AT/BC Skiing on 108 / Sled pics
« on: September 25, 2020, 11:29:34 PM »
Chris dropping in up near the Pass

Seems to be working again, but the reset link goes to junk folder because its using a default setting that all SMF forums use.

Randonee/AT/BC Skiing on 108 / "Descention Extension" SPH boarding
« on: June 13, 2020, 02:37:15 PM »

includes some avy footage at the end

Randonee/AT/BC Skiing on 108 / Conditions 19/20 season
« on: December 11, 2019, 09:59:42 AM »
This last sunday snow dropped down to Dodge Ridge base so the lower elevations gave access to higher elevation good coverage.

More snow expected this weekend, but not a bomb cyclone amount. The tgiving weekend looked amazing. Hope we get more snow soon!

Randonee/AT/BC Skiing on 108 / Sled 18-19 season
« on: December 03, 2018, 03:41:58 PM »
Scoped out Herring Creek Rd

Randonee/AT/BC Skiing on 108 / Spring 2018
« on: May 29, 2018, 08:17:43 PM »

Randonee/AT/BC Skiing on 108 / HCD just got spring ski'd
« on: April 02, 2018, 11:48:31 AM »
Just saw a great pic of HCD with a skier on the descent slab. Maybe they'll post it here.

Randonee/AT/BC Skiing on 108 / Conditions
« on: February 22, 2018, 03:36:07 PM »

Unsettled weather for the next week.

Randonee/AT/BC Skiing on 108 / Winter of 2017
« on: February 14, 2018, 02:57:03 PM »
Even below 4000' there was good snow... will try and find my pics... got any ski pics?

Randonee/AT/BC Skiing on 108 / USMWTC - poma lift for BC ski training
« on: February 14, 2018, 02:50:38 PM »
Was imminently surprised to find this tucked into the backcountry.

That first visit to the Donnell Vista in the early 90s was an awakening. It was a time of school, philosophy and climbing. A trip the Owens River Gorge by way Sonora Pass etched something in me. Later, I was given a proper tour of the granite on the Stanislaus. The few routes that were 'established in the guidebook' could almost be counted on one hand. Over the next few years I would make my way down canyon. Following the dirt road that hugged the side of the mountain, much like a road into Gasherbrum or some far flung mountain, I was drawn down to the reservoir. Timid at first, we eeked out adventure on impeccable rock on the Weeping Wall. Then in 2014 the urge to do a Wall in my proverbial backyard got me thinking about how to make it happen. I talked with Tim Tuomey, who I have had many an adventure with. He was into it after some coaxing and reassurance that I could get a canoe.

I had originally met Tim on Sonora Pass proper. I can't remember if we were going to climb or just planned to meet shake hands and chat about climbing over a beer like we had been doing online. Around that time internet websites were becoming easy to purchase and free hosting had become immensely popular. So I started a bare bones informational page to supplement the paperback guidebook that Hope, Brad and Jim had put together. Connecting and talking to climbers about climbing online was new and amazing. rec.climbing was in full swing and Supertopo would soon become the virtual campfire that many grew to love (and later only grudgingly sign onto). So "IRL" we met and started working on projects together. 

That evening the cold temps were creeping in so we moved to the Hippopotabus (a green Volkswagen bus with a pop top) to get out of the cold. Tim's passion for "The Pass" was pure. I saw him as a kindred spirit escaping the cluster of humanity that coagulated on North Side Drive. No rangers, no people and the climbers were all about the very same thing; new routing and not being jammed in a line fighting over who starts the Regular Route first. We jibber jabbered til late. And I think we climbed up at The Fortress the next day.

Many years later sitting here now, I'm thinking about how last season's rains washed out the road to the reservoir in multiple places. I am reminded that getting in and out of the canyon to Donnell Reservoir is an adventure in itself. It is at the courtesy of the mountain and her consort, the weather, that we obtain access. Donnell's would otherwise be a miniature Yosemite Valley if  it hadn't been flooded for irrigation and agriculture. 

However, once you are there, seeing Atlantis for the first time, your only thought must be "That would be so cool to start a route right out of the water!!!" 

No climber worth their sea salt, hasn't thought of the metaphor of sea-faring and sailing off into uncharted waters to go after their great white whale! Crossing water to reach tall granite so close to home was like having Baffin in your backyard! Only, 50 degrees warmer!  :)


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