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Post by admin » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:12 am

From this morning's dog walk.
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from "freedan"

Post by admin » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:19 am

Since Photobucket went pay to play, I haven't posted but have enjoyed the pictures and updates of those of you that do. Decided to figure out new photo hosting and post as I think this may be of interest to some of you.

The Luxe Megahorn Tipi and Wild Wild West (3W) Titanium stove weigh in at 13lbs together and provides an incredible winter camping experience. The titanium stove only weighs 4lbs and packs down to just a bit bigger than a large laptop. The tent offers spacious and warm sleeping for up to 3 comfortably. Digging into deep snow allows for building of sleeping benches that double as comfortable seats and the ability to stand up and walk around and dress without doing yoga poses. The tent without digging is about 7' at the center pole. The tent has flaps around the base that can be buried to make it very weatherproof and the peak vent can be configured for more or less airflow. At 13lbs for the whole rig, it isn't much more weight than a decent 4 season tent. I first tried it out in the yard on a -10 night with howling wind and was able to keep the tent above 50F for the 5 hours or so I was out there. In these pictures from a recent ski trip it was in the 20s at night and as long as the stove was going it was 60 inside. Go to sleep warm, wake up fire up the stove and the tent is warm in minutes. A big plus was no condensation, everything, even the tent walls were completely dry.

A big pack but no different than a usual winter pack.
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Camping on the headwaters of the Black River (Madshus BC55 with Voile HD and Fischer BCX boots for the ski geeks).
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uild a platform with some firewood, cover it with foil to prevent stove from melting into the snow
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Imagine winter camping and being able to hang out in the evening, no hat, no gloves, without a 8000m down suit or mummied up in a sleeping bag!
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moon loop 2

Post by admin » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:27 am

Freedan is in the house! And it's heated! Hey Dan, good to hear from you. Hope all is well in your neck of the woods. Nice setup! Thanks for the details. Looked around and see it's $420 for the stove and $300 for the tent. Would make a fantastic base camp for the Pemi, etc.

Glad to hear photo posting is worked out. Would be good to get some other folks posting. Force us regulars to up our game!

Second super moon tour of the season last night. Same Butterfield loop. Skied the orchard which had a supportive crust. This is a happy datapoint for local adventures with bigger skis after the approaching storm refreshes things.
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from "telehubby"

Post by admin » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:32 am

Welcome back Freedan! I've been missing your deep posts from Tug Hill. Nice BC set up too.

I've been working my way back from the plague and I couldn't pass up yesterday's gift from Ullr.
Family ski day at Cannon for the morning. Word was 16"-19" at Cannon. Both sons ended up ditching us for friends- as it should be. Son the Younger got first tracks in Candyland and we got 2nd, 3rd and 4th tracks in Goldenbirches before Son the Elder ditched us.
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For the past five years I've been on the working group/management team for the Cooley-Jericho Community Forest as a town rep and backcountry skiing liaison. The Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust holds the easement for the towns of Franconia, Easton, Landaff, and Sugar Hill. We are working in partnership with Granite Backcountry Alliance to create some glade zones on the property. Initial scouting has been done with a proposal mapped out. If all goes well we should enter a MOU this week and we'll be off and running. I spent yesterday afternoon scoping one particular zone that needs little work but should be extended to justify the skin in.
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Skin track up was a chance to visit with some friends.
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First contact with the zone. Looking up.
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Looking down
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Skinned up to close to the top. About 2500'. Just below a pinch point.
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Close to top. Looking down at the pinch point.
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I got about 300' of vertical and then wandered around to find an extension. Beautiful terrain!
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Found options for extension but more reconnaissance is needed. Crossing tracks on the way out.
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View from the skin track. Cannon, Tuckerbrook and Bridal Veil center right.
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The whole 850 acres was logged over a period of a few years before the sale so most of the canopy is gone. The zone pictured here is from an area where access was too difficult for the loggers so it wasn't cut. There is another proposed "glade" zone that would have about 700' vert but would be more like an old CCC trail, brush cutting a couple of skidder trails. Over time it could be opened up as the canopy filled in. I'm really excited that this project could get underway this summer after five years of work.

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magic

Post by admin » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:33 am

Package price noted, freedan. Tempting. Especially because if I bought it I'd have to use it!

telehubby, good to hear the snow is healing you. Most definitely a gift. Hope you're at or close to 100%.
Congrats on the imminent MOU. Just looked at sat pics of that forest and wowee, it is super crossed up with skid paths. I imagine we should follow Trumpet Round Rd. until the plowing stops, find the kiosk, and follow your skin track south. Would love to check out that glade and the ridge in general.

Our crew is storm stoked. First order of business was to wear the dogs out Friday cuz they couldn't come along Saturday. We laid in a skin track on the approach I needed the next day. This is Ruby's idea of breaking trail.
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A mile out and a mile back
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Saturday morning. A bit drifted over, but much easier than breaking trail.
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Bizarre snagged birch bark strip that looked like surveyor's tape from a distance.
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Up and up into the magic.
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New snow depth.
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A bit wind buffed, but wonderful nonetheless.
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Today with the dogs.
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Field fix of a broken mid-sole ladder using a cuff strap.
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from "Dirk"

Post by admin » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:35 am

Great to hear from freedan and telehubby, nice to have some additional comment and skiing photos! Bob, I was planning on heading up to where you were Saturday, but my ski partner talked me out of it. (If I had known you put in a skin track, that might have made the difference.) Anyway, we went up to Stowe, where the wind was howling and no summit lifts were running. Lift lines at the triple were reportedly over an hour. We skinned up from the top of the Toll House double, through increasingly gale force winds, and dropped into the Bruce. We weren't the first in, but it was still pretty damn good. Here's Manny showing fine form through over a foot of windblown powder.
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omg

Post by admin » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:35 am

That's some fine tight trail style, Dirk. Looks like you got the powder too. Less joy in the wind stiffened stuff. As you know, the first mile only brings you to the teeth of that climb. Fought grumpy solo trail breaker syndrome to the saddle before getting inspired by the setting and punching it to the top. Should have sent you a note and then arrived 30 minutes behind you! ;)
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Exited via the NE companion, per your suggestion. Omg.

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more slash

Post by admin » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:36 am

Booted up half a mile to continuous snow. Or so I thought. More logging slash that will eventually have to be cleaned up.
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Plenty of firmed-up corn beyond that. Managed to have a little fun going too fast and then cranking opportunistic stops between trees. Should have been on skinnier skis. This tour was dog approved.
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from "North816"

Post by admin » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:38 am

quick shot of Gulf of Slides snowfield from Pinkham 2 days ago - completely filled in top to bottom - GOS snowfields and the east snowfields on the summit appear to be literally bulging with snow...convex...cheers to the winter of 2019!
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even more slash

Post by admin » Thu Aug 15, 2019 11:39 am

March 13th-> April 7th. Ephemeral!
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Now a mile boot in to continuous snow. Got to link some turns, although won't be coming back this season due to the PITA approach/logging impact, and dwindling snow. Switching to MGR? Oakes?
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