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seriously nice work, i can't wait for the next pictures. I'm aiming  
to head over to the dacks for a few days the weekend i get back to  
school. did you happen to get a look at ore beds, the root canal, or  
the north face of gothics when you were there?
On Jan 6, 2008, at 8:09 PM, Evan Osler wrote:

> The hulking magnitude of the big bad mountains of the west  
> continues to shock and awe. Jason and I briefly discussed an  
> overnight foray (leaving Friday in the dark after work) to assure  
> an early start, but decided against it with the nice chill in the  
> air and the warm accommodations at home. Instead we were awake at  
> 4am and on the road with Jonny and Chris, heading towards a popular  
> trailhead and way beyond it a most serious line.
>
> Once on the trail the scenery started flying by. A 3-mile approach  
> was covered in hour #1, and we were in good spirits as hints of  
> True North appeared in the distance. Onwards and upwards, and by  
> noon we were way up in the middle of nowhere, bushwacking up a  
> nasty stream bed interspersed with deadfall and typical 'Dacksian  
> dread. The secrets never give themselves up easily here, even on  
> the warm, sunny days.
>
> Finally we spotted a clearing in the distance, and rejoiced at the  
> thought of making our way up a wide open, succulent slide.  
> Approaching the opening in the woods, our error soon became  
> apparent: yes, this was a nice opening, and yes, it had great  
> views, but no, it was nowhere near where we thought we would and  
> should be. And it was cut off by a non-negotiable ice fall above,  
> with nothing but more thick forest on top of that. Damn! Awesome  
> landscape, no skiing. Thoughts of easy, approachable powder fields  
> in the friendly Greens consumed us all as we fell silent. There was  
> a brief discussion about getting a motel room in town so that we  
> could try again tomorrow. We were so frickin' close but so far  
> away. 6 miles of effort and nada to show for it.
>
> An executive decision was made to begin traversing. It was hard to  
> calculate exactly how far away from the proper slide we were, but  
> we had reason to believe a contouring route would be no more  
> difficult of an exit than our painful bushwack would be. Through  
> the thick forest we clawed and clawed, switching off lead each time  
> the leader ended up in a dead-end and had to back track.
>
> Eventually another clearing appeared in the distance. Chris broke  
> out of the forest first and let out a holler. We'd found it, even  
> more sublime and otherworldy than our wildest dreams could have  
> conjured up. A wide field of white, snaking up and up and up. A few  
> icefalls interspersed, but otherwise just deep, untracked powder.  
> Gruntwork brought us all the way to the top, to where the slide  
> ended and the krummholz began. The hiking was enjoyable - steep,  
> icy in isolated spots but perfect for crampons and a bootpack.  
> Powder clung hard to skier's left.
>
> And then the descent, almost 1500' of wide open, untracked Grade  
> "A" Adirondack pow. Surely it doesnt get much better on this big  
> mountain in this unforgiving place.
>
> Over 12 miles RT and 4000' of climbing. A long day. Here's a  
> preview, more to follow hopefully:
>
> http://www.uvm.edu/skivt-l/image_upload/Vermont/Chris.JPG
>
> -eo
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