We went for a walk today here in Arizona

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Livin the dream
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Nice pics AZ
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Nice!! I really like the e 5th one in the list.   Really cool effect with the shadows and that perfectly drown ski line in the right of the frame.
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Beauty, RA.  Thanks for sharing.   You guys are sure cautious, digging a snowpit on such a steep slope.. For sure that would slough off naturally..   Hehehe
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Nice.  Yes, that 5th shot, and the last one, are gorgeous.

Being able to tour and see/do that kind of stuff is addicting.  I've been bitten.  Backcountry touring/skiing is a dangerous thing, and not just for the obvious issues of stability, weather and proper planning.  Once you've been bitten it becomes something of an obsession!
We REALLY need a proper roll eyes emoji!!
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Thehof wrote
Livin the dream
Sure looks like it.  Given that he can be in shorts and in a pool the same day, its pretty cool... Not many places like that around....

Josh - how is the snow-pack? Looks like you are doing a stability test? Also, what touring set-up do you have?

R
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JTG4eva! wrote
Nice.  Yes, that 5th shot, and the last one, are gorgeous.

Being able to tour and see/do that kind of stuff is addicting.  I've been bitten.  Backcountry touring/skiing is a dangerous thing, and not just for the obvious issues of stability, weather and proper planning.  Once you've been bitten it becomes something of an obsession!

It adds so much to the skiing experience. I love traveling around the alpine, observing and making decisions based on those observations.

It's one hell of a game!

This week is looking like it might get pretty good for us-
http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=35.33305256126513&lon=-111.67671203613281&site=fgz&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text#.WFrTx4VOuUc

Stay tuned, if I get any more photos I'll post em up in here.

Thanks everyone for the positive feedback! :D
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Skiray wrote
Josh - how is the snow-pack? Looks like you are doing a stability test? Also, what touring set-up do you have?

R
The pack is thin, we are standing in one seriously loaded up bowl. There is very little faceted snow on the ground, some has developed from a tiny bit of October snow that hung out on the N-faces and around the trees and rock outcroppings but it's not enough to raise any flags for me.

There is some snow from our first storm and then the last one. This last one was interesting. We had rain on the front side up to 11.5k but it didn't hit the bowl we were digging the pit in. It looked like the snow got really wet during the peak of the high temps but there wasn't a substantial crust like on our skin up and out of the ski area. There was a few inches of more condensed slab about six inches below the storms last load but it was supportable for us skiing and the last few inches were light and fluffy. It's likely as the storm lifted the night time temps pulled a lot of the moisture out of the pack.

The travel was gnarly! Blue ice in places to unbreakable white shiny "snow". You basically can't travel without touring binding crampons. There are places where a a very real slide for life is possible. With it being thin those potential slides are riddled with stumps, rocks, and logs. No bueno!

Overall good fun!

Set up? Old Marker Dukes, not the heaviest ones though, I can't remember what they are called. Alpine boots, Technica something or another and some beat to snot old Atomic Blogs, 186 I think. I'm poor right now so new shiny gear is not an option. I have inner conflicts with going light (it would be very nice) or keeping things heavy for reliability and stability. When I'm done with school I imagine I'll be treating myself with some Dynafit gear.
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Here is one from yesterday I snapped while skiing with my daughter.

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