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Gary_H
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8/3/10 - ONP, Obstruction Point Dusk Patrol
« on: 08/04/10, 11:03 PM »

Inspired by Skier8484's Heliotrope Ridge report, Jan, Jeff, Tyler and I headed for Obstruction Point Tuesday evening. At the trailhead we evaluated our options. The original plan was to head for Elk Mountain, however a building cloud cover had already obscured the upper slopes of Elk.
 
Tyler recalled there were several northerly facing bowls along Obstruction Ridge that should still have good coverage. We followed the trail for about a half mile and then crossed to the ridge line and began exploring as the clouds continued to threaten our chances. Near one ridge peak, we noted a slope that held promise, but elected to explore further. We scrambled down through some talus and traversed across the ridge to another area that initially looked promising, but after closer inspection, proved to not be what we hoped for.

So, we headed back up the ridge to the first slope we had found. We debated whether the rock band a couple hundred feet below us would block our descent. Tyler, ever confident, bet Jeff the first beer that the line would go and quickly dropped in to prove his point. His whooping as he approached the questionable terrain confirmed that Jeff was on the hook for refreshments.  Wink

Snow quality was surprisingly good. The sun cups were small and the turns were buttery smooth. We dropped about 500 vf to a small tarn in the bottom of the valley. The first part of the climb out was shrouded in fog, but as we approached the ridge line, the wind had blown the clouds away and the sun was shinning. We enjoyed the views for a short time and then dropped in for a second sweet run. By the time we regained the ridge, the setting sun had turned the sky a blazing red.

Here's a few pictures and a link to some more.
    1. Tyler's second run
    2. Mt Olympus
    3. Sunset

http://picasaweb.google.com/GaryJanH/20100803ObstructionPointDuskPatrol#

Gary


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Re: 8/3/10 - ONP, Obstruction Point Dusk Patrol
« Reply #1 on: 08/04/10, 11:53 PM »

Beautiful photos and style as usual!
Big score and good news.    Smiley
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Re: 8/3/10 - ONP, Obstruction Point Dusk Patrol
« Reply #2 on: 08/05/10, 11:05 AM »

I love that last photo!  Really captures summer skiing, ontop of a ridge, big pack, no snow in sight!
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Re: 8/3/10 - ONP, Obstruction Point Dusk Patrol
« Reply #3 on: 08/05/10, 02:20 PM »

Here is some lyrics to go with that sunset:

The mist of JULY is in the gloamin', and all the clouds are holdin' still.
So GIT YER SKIS and let's go roamin' through the heather on the hill. Cool

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Re: 8/3/10 - ONP, Obstruction Point Dusk Patrol
« Reply #4 on: 08/05/10, 04:15 PM »

glad you guys found some decent turns .. your pix are great gary ...
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Re: 8/3/10 - ONP, Obstruction Point Dusk Patrol
« Reply #5 on: 08/05/10, 09:14 PM »

Here is some lyrics to go with that sunset:

The mist of JULY is in the gloamin', and all the clouds are holdin' still.
So GIT YER SKIS and let's go roamin' through the heather on the hill. Cool



Impressive Alisa  Cheesy
You are certainly honing your poetic skills. Do I detect a little "Radiohead" influence here?  Wink

glad you guys found some decent turns .. your pix are great gary ...
I love that last photo!  Really captures summer skiing, ontop of a ridge, big pack, no snow in sight!
Beautiful photos and style as usual!
Big score and good news.    Smiley

Thanks for the comments,
The pictures do not begin to capture the beauty of constantly changing weather we experienced.

Gary
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Re: 8/3/10 - ONP, Obstruction Point Dusk Patrol
« Reply #6 on: 08/05/10, 10:01 PM »

Nice find.  Maybe it will snow again before all the snow melts.
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« Reply #7 on: 08/06/10, 09:05 AM »

Impressive Alisa  Cheesy
You are certainly honing your poetic skills.

that is a pretty verse, but I cant take credit
it is from Brigadoon...
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Re: 8/3/10 - ONP, Obstruction Point Dusk Patrol
« Reply #8 on: 08/06/10, 09:05 PM »

What a great way to spend the evening.  Did you bring out the Guides, or other pattern base boards?  Nothing more versatile than that for laps on moderate angle and firm conditions, eh?

Love that last pic..
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Re: 8/3/10 - ONP, Obstruction Point Dusk Patrol
« Reply #9 on: 08/07/10, 10:39 AM »

Nice pics!

That is a great run.  I am surprised that there is still that much snow in that basin. Here is what it looked like about a week before the road opened..July 17...


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Re: 8/3/10 - ONP, Obstruction Point Dusk Patrol
« Reply #10 on: 08/07/10, 10:53 AM »

Nice work guys.  Don't forget to put a September ski of the Coleman-Deming on your calendars now!
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Re: 8/3/10 - ONP, Obstruction Point Dusk Patrol
« Reply #11 on: 08/07/10, 09:38 PM »

What a great way to spend the evening.  Did you bring out the Guides, or other pattern base boards?  Nothing more versatile than that for laps on moderate angle and firm conditions, eh?

Love that last pic..

Guides would have skied well in this snow, but the weapon of choice was our conventional AT gear. The upper section of the slope was fairly steep, so boot packing was very efficient.

Nice pics!

That is a great run.  I am surprised that there is still that much snow in that basin. Here is what it looked like about a week before the road opened..July 17...

We were pleasantly surprised too!

Nice work guys.  Don't forget to put a September ski of the Coleman-Deming on your calendars now!

Sounds like a plan!  Cheesy
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