Still ain't over in many places.  Roughly 1 foot is forecasted in the high alpine of Rocky Mountain Nat'l Park for tonight.  From treeline at Icefall Lodge (approx 6500 feet ASL), report from last Sunday is: "Still lots of snow up there and I definitely needed skis to get in."
 
Many thanks for the TR.
 
 
Happy Birthday, Roger, too.
 
Mark P. Renson



From: roger Klinger <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask]
Sent: Sun, June 19, 2011 9:32:19 PM
Subject: Re: [SKIVT-L] (non-VT) multi-activity weekends

Great tr.  Thanks Jim.

On Sun, Jun 19, 2011 at 6:37 PM, Jim Crowley <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
A banner snowpack in the inter-mountain west has afforded us the opportunity to combine skiing with other activities. It's been a bit challenging to fit ski in these activities into the rare weather windows, but I'm not complaining.

I've been fortunate enough to do 3 weekend trips to my favorite range, the Lost Rivers in eastern Idaho. It's lonely country, populated with just a few cowboys and accessed by a rough road. One can drive for 2-3 hours without seeing another sign of humanity (other than the road and fences). Here are some the activities I took part in during these trips:

(1) Biking. It's been hard to keep one's eyes on the road with the scenery:
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeJune-10-12/i-jPCNQmn/0/XL/P1110828-XL.jpg
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeJune-10-12/i-jrDHJtS/0/XL/P1110821-XL.jpg
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeJune-10-12/i-vWRW6wf/0/XL/P1110884-XL.jpg

(2) Hiking. Require to go to and from the snow. Sometimes over sagebrush-covered hills:
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeJune-10-12/i-sqfb5dw/0/XL/P1110288-XL.jpg
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeMay-20-22-2011/i-6pgtJfT/0/XL/P1100838-XL.jpg
And other times through the forest:
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeJune-17-18/i-RJ5RgX9/0/XL/P1120243-XL.jpg

(3) Creek crossing. On bike:
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeJune-10-12/i-spxpjz8/0/XL/P1110805-XL.jpg
And on skis:

(4) Checking out weather-beaten trees. Some of them must be 100's of years old:
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeMay-20-22-2011/i-ZZV6MNQ/0/XL/P1100860-XL.jpg
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeJune-10-12/i-2gX7nN3/0/XL/P1110358-XL.jpg

(5) Checking out the wildflowers. Unlike the trees, they don't grow so big:
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeJune-10-12/i-C2PJv3p/0/XL/P1110891-XL.jpg

(6) Camping. Set up tents on any level, grassy spot you want:
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeJune-10-12/i-Hrkc8sQ/0/XL/P1110764-XL.jpg
And kick back and watch the sky catch fire:
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeMay-20-22-2011/i-b4D2Q7d/1/XL/P1100534-XL.jpg
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeMay-20-22-2011/i-t4trWXq/0/XL/P1100530-XL.jpg

(7) Grilling. Brauts on the menu this night:
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeJune-17-18/i-rLL9LnH/0/XL/P1120226-XL.jpg

(8) Cornice dropping (unsuccessful):
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeMay-20-22-2011/i-7TRpkRV/0/XL/P1100897-XL.jpg

(9) Skinning. Gotta' climb before descending:
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeMay-20-22-2011/i-GwRQVq8/0/XL/P1100741-XL.jpg
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeJune-10-12/i-fBS6kpC/0/XL/P1110544-XL.jpg
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeJune-10-12/i-wXJrx58/0/XL/P1110613-XL.jpg
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeJune-17-18/i-s4QgD2c/0/XL/P1110916-XL.jpg
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeJune-17-18/i-g6rGZWP/0/XL/P1110931-XL.jpg

(10) Booting. Sometime the most efficient way to get up:
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeMay-20-22-2011/i-pgfFhmC/0/XL/P1100632-XL.jpg
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeMay-20-22-2011/i-H89fPfF/0/XL/P1100800-XL.jpg
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeJune-17-18/i-32JvNqc/0/XL/P1110993-XL.jpg

(11) Skiing. Almost forgot about that activity! Boot-top powder off the summits:
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeJune-17-18/i-N897jpm/0/XL/P1120001-XL.jpg
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeJune-17-18/i-RCz34fh/0/XL/P1120018-XL.jpg
That quickly transitioned to ripping corn below:
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeMay-20-22-2011/i-TfkHhPS/0/XL/P1100635-XL.jpg
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeJune-10-12/i-49TQx67/0/XL/P1110198-XL.jpg
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeJune-10-12/i-kkWBLVW/1/XL/IMG1704-XL.jpg
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeJune-10-12/i-W23qWDP/1/XL/IMG1702-XL.jpg
http://jimcrowley.smugmug.com/Ski-touring/Ski-2011/Lost-River-RangeJune-17-18/i-9vx4JMb/0/XL/P1120042-XL.jpg

Only activity not shown is the driving on the rocky, rutted road. A ski partner commented that the driving was the most difficult, nerve-wracking part of the trip.

Fishing is one activity not yet combined with skiing this season. That will have to wait until July when the lakes melt out. Should be a lengthy fishing + skiing season this year.

Jim
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