Today's Hike

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Harvey Harvey
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Awesome photos. Must. Resist. Breaking. Out. Thread....
"If it's my mountain, I'm installing a fixed grip and telling the lifties to stuff the beginners into chairs as aggressively as they have to, to keep it going full speed." —Brownski
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nepa wrote
 
Local Marmot

 
Looks like a damn woodchuck to me --- BANG!
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Curious to know why it was survival mode? Did the snow not give into the turns, was it due to exposure or crevices?  From the pics that ADK Jeff posted, you can see we are full on summer here now.

Lovely shots and great TR.
Thanks Ray.  No crevices in the snowfield.  The low angle of the slope and the strength of the sun creates little mini craters (sun cups).  This creates a surface that is not conducive to fun, enjoyable turns.  Unlike a mogul field, there are no defined lines in the sun cups... it's completely random.  Below 9k, the snow was pretty soft, but skis were still bucking like a bronco.  To call it "un-carvable" would be an understatement.  I call it survival mode anytime the ski is merely a tool for traveling over snow more efficiently.  There was very little enjoyment from the actual skiing... it was just a faster way to get back to the car.   If we walked down from Camp Muir, it would have taken about an hour longer.  It's a double edged sword... you have to carry the gear overland, so you expend more energy, but you can move much more efficiently (both ascending and descending) on the snow.
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Harvey wrote
Awesome photos. Must. Resist. Breaking. Out. Thread....
Thanks Harv.  It was an interesting trip.  It felt more like a hike than a ski trip.  I don't want to clutter up the forum.  If you want to move it to a different thread, that's totally cool with me.    
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campgottagopee wrote
Looks like a damn woodchuck to me --- BANG!
To be honest, I thought the were different than woodchucks, but they aren't:
The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as a woodchuck, or Eastern Marmot, is one of four species of marmot in North America. The others are the Hoary Marmot (Marmota caligata), the Yellow-bellied marmot (Marmota flaviventris) and the Olympic Marmot (Marmota olympus).
I think the photo is of a Hoary Marmot.  Based on WA state regs, these guys are protected.  You can trap em but you can't shoot em  


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That's prime TR material for Summer Sports.

Course I'm biased towards TRs.
"If it's my mountain, I'm installing a fixed grip and telling the lifties to stuff the beginners into chairs as aggressively as they have to, to keep it going full speed." —Brownski
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nepa wrote
campgottagopee wrote
Looks like a damn woodchuck to me --- BANG!
To be honest, I thought the were different than woodchucks, but they aren't:
The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as a woodchuck, or Eastern Marmot, is one of four species of marmot in North America. The others are the Hoary Marmot (Marmota caligata), the Yellow-bellied marmot (Marmota flaviventris) and the Olympic Marmot (Marmota olympus).
I think the photo is of a Hoary Marmot.  Based on WA state regs, these guys are protected.  You can trap em but you can't shoot em
LOL, I thought so too and looked them up just like you did.

That looks like a big one, must be they grow em bigger over there
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here's another pic of one of the varmints..

 
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