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"John Crowley, Jr." <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Skiing Discussion and Snow Reports <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 31 May 2005 09:13:43 -0700
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On 5/31/05, Jonathan S. Shefftz <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> One Crowley wrote in defense of another:
>
> >It was a frickin' ski day, at the end of the season, in less than
> >ideal conditions.
>
> We skied about 3,000 vertical total in very nice corn snow, in dramatic
> alpine couloirs and snowfields.  The pictures do show more rock than snow,
> but we had all the cover we needed.  We had light niar only during the
> initial 1/2 mile easy downhike to the top Airplane Gully.  After that, I
> wore only very lightweight single-layer Schoeller Dynamic pants and a Wild
> Things Epic pullover windshirt while skiing, and then just a shirt on top
> while hiking back down to Pinkham at the end of the day.  Overall,
> conditions were in every sense excellent for everything except taking
> pictures.  (Yes, some brief light niar still counts as excelent for Mt
> Washington.)  I can understand not bothering to wake up early and drive
> many hours to Great Glen given the uncertain wx fx, but to already be there
> and then just drive back to Boston - big, big mistake.
>

Jim didn't just leave Boston and go back.  You know that.  He left
relatives in central Vermont, where he had been since Saturday, and
then went home to Boston.  He had already skied 1800' vertical the day
before - in better conditions.

As for "big, big mistake" - that might describe if you show up at the
rental car counter in SLC without your ski boots.  Or what would have
happened had Denis not pulled through on Hood earlier this month (btw,
great report!).  And maybe describes what happened to Craig Kelly
three winters ago.  It doesn't come anywhere near describing what
happened yesterday.


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