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Gnarliest BC lines

Discussion in 'Backcountry' started by DJM, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. Red_switch

    Red_switch Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: 30 Day

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    Throw something down there? A couple of decent snow balls will let you know very quickly what the snow is like.

    If they break the snow = good.
    If the snow breaks them = maybe not so good but possibly still ok.
     
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  2. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    That's because 45 degrees, despite it being a number that is bandied about all to often, is actually really ****ing steep.
     
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  3. Angus_McCrory

    Angus_McCrory Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    For GNAR points aren't you supposed to just bash your poles on the edge of the cornice?
     
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  4. Budgiesmuggler

    Budgiesmuggler A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Do we have a list of these gnarly lines and the names for them? Would be a really useful resource.

    We could make it that if you're the first one down, you get to name it [​IMG]
     
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  5. GS

    GS Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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  6. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local

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    Going down it is ok....wouldn't fancy the walk out though, where's the lift ?
     
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  7. satanas

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    This line has almost certainly been skied before, probably in the 1930s by the Mitchells et al and more recently by the likes of Alan Anderson, etc. Well done none the less!
     
  8. chokenchickin

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    Well done fella's, am really looking forward to more of your photos of the day. On the other side of the Crags in 1999 and 2000 I had a couple of attempts of sking to Opera house hut via Crags Creek. I got down to below 1400m on both occasions then got stopped by full on jungle. Each climb out took almost two hours with crampons on, the ski down was worth it though (once you get past the bottle neck in the top section). Here are a couple of photos (please forgive the poor quality as I took digital photos of my old pics.....No scanner here..)
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  9. DJM

    DJM One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Great pics choken......Gnar for sure.
    I climbed one of the chutes (marked as the B-Line on the first page) in summer, and it's bloody steep. Seems a lot more has been skied than first thought.
     
  10. chokenchickin

    chokenchickin One of Us

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    Many years ago a friend of mine got heli-evacuated (rescued?) after climbing down one of the crags gullies on his way to Olsens lookout during summer. While climbing down a log on a small cascading section of the gully, the log fell backwards down the hill injuring him badly. His mate had to walk out to raise the alarm. It is a very lonely feeling being down those gullies alone. A long way from help. He had to spend the night injured and alone out there.
     
  11. DJM

    DJM One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nasty!
    I came down the Sentinel ridge and sent a few small rock slides off so when I got to the bottom, decided the route up the crags was a safer option. It started snowing about halfway up but managed it without anymore drama.
     
  12. chokenchickin

    chokenchickin One of Us

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    I imagine the regrowth after the fires would make things even more of a nightmare now down low in those gullies.
     
  13. Boodwah

    Boodwah A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nutso. Loving it. Nice that we can now capture death wishes digitally. I am officially slowing down now that i have a son after 2 girls. That's official. But all you young guns keep right on.
     
  14. DJM

    DJM One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I was lucky enough to do it before the regrowth. Tough going now though.
     
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  15. DJM

    DJM One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hey TF, are you floating around?

    Can you give me anymore details about the pinch after the funnel (blue line) i.e. width.

    I understand it's dependant on the snow depth etc, but can I sneak a turn or two in, or is it tight?
     
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  16. Snow Blowey

    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I skied it a couple of years ago. Think it was about mid July 2011 with reasonable snow depth. The pinch was skiable but i couldn't see what was going on from above so i softed out and went skiers right. From memory there were a few sharks poking out just above the pinch.

    Featured in "Men of the Backcountry 2011 - Part 2" but for some reason this is not on vimeo anymore. Will see if i can upload it later on.

    So i'd say if you take it easy you should be able to poke through there. Otherwise shouldn't be too hard to bail around. IMO Erics Funnel (blue line) is the best one i've done on Nth Carruthers.
     
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    Hey Dibble,

    the pinch in the blue line is very manageable, my estimate would be at least 4m wide. Its not that narrow for very long and opens up pretty quick.

    In the interests of naming conventions - we skiied the line you marked "A" (back on the first page of this thread) for the first time in 2004. By the time we hiked back to the top of the gully, it was pitch black and the full moon was on the horizon - we skiied back to camp lit my nothing except the moon, it was truly magical, and in the absence of any other name we called it Moonlight Chute. However we're pretty damn sure its been skiied before us - one we know for sure is Dougy Chatten, Perisher local. I'd be surprised if there weren't quite a few more!

    You definitely need a decent snowpack to ski it though, there is a mega pinch halfway down that would be pure rock in an average year.
     
  18. DJM

    DJM One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    ....and out come the usual suspects. I figured it'd be another one of those spots you can't see until its too late. By skiers right SB, do you mean well before the pinch hard right lookers left into the other chute? Does that make sense? Fark!

    Thanks Buckwheat, good info mate. Great little piece of history there on Moonlight chute too. That's the sort of stuff that needs preserving. Your pic is one that inspires contemplation.

    Cheers
     
  19. buckwheat

    buckwheat One of Us

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    God, don't look to me for inspiration! You should see some of the sh1t my sister skis!
     
  20. buckwheat

    buckwheat One of Us

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    PS If you want a really crazy line, hang a skiers left half way down Erics funnel (just where that small clump of rocks sits in the upper face), then take the 3m wide couloiur through the rocks. I did a half baked attempt a few years ago, but the corn was sliding off in big wet sheets and I side slipped half of it before I got a turn in. Don't feel that I can properly claim it yet!
     
  21. DJM

    DJM One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Buckwheat....I'm just getting my head around the b lines....trying to remember where you are through the rocks is mental! Claim it...impressive in anyone's language!
     
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    buckwheat One of Us

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    Thanks for the props Dibble - but if you knew me you'd laugh. I am easily the softest core of anyone I know. If I can ski this stuff, anyone can!

    We're headign out back in a couple of weeks, looking forward to new lines, snow caves and a tent full of manstink.
     
  23. Snow Blowey

    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nice.
     
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    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Heres a close up i took the day after i blowsed out. You can see tracks if you look closely. Can also see bush patrol and wilsons work in chutes on the riht hand side.

    Buckwheat's chute shown clearly also.

    [​IMG]
     
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  25. DJM

    DJM One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks SB, better perspective. I was too shagged to bother scoping it properly last time as I was getting bombarded with chunks booting out. I may have to borrow the blouse....We'll see on the day....cheers mate.
     
  26. VSG

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    An attempt at colour correction and brightening. The original is better. [​IMG]
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  27. buckwheat

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    Nice work on the pic SB, and good work on the mega zoom edit VSG.

    Hows the pic so moody SB? Looks like you were standing on the Sentinel nearly on sunset judging from those shadows? And the sky is nearly black, reminds me of Himalayan pics. Polarised?

    And no more blousing next time SB - you are easily a good enough skier to get through the crux!
     
  28. Snow Blowey

    Snow Blowey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I darkened it in lightroom to try and make the tracks stand out a bit more.

    Think it was taken a couple of hours before sunset somewhere along the sentinel ridge. From base of carruthers we booted up the sentinel and had a run back down before heading back up the ridge to the camp site.
     
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    buckwheat One of Us

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    Ah yes, fond memories of sunset hikes in the alpenglow back along that ridge. Tis a prick of a bootpack but the location is unbeatable in Aus I reckon. Carruthers to the right, Crags to the left.

    Heading out this year at all?
     
  30. climberman

    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    Your pics with The Regulator were great from last year!

    I'll PM you over the next few days, have a project in mind and need to mine your memory. PS - nice pickup on the short chute, I have been eyeing it for a while. Suspect my ability is dropping away from that now.
     
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  31. turn-earner

    turn-earner Hard Yards Endless Winter

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    Steady on, get on Bogong chutes and you'll regret that quip!!!!!
     
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  32. DJM

    DJM One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    So......it's getting closer.....

    Any plans for some gnar this season? New lines, old lines? I'll be hoping for some resort time before hitting the usual spots. Eric's is still on the list for me, and maybe some repeats skiers left.

    Whats on the list?
     
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    Sentinal SW chute, Watson's cargs north face and main chute on the south side of the crags
     
  34. DJM

    DJM One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nice list. If I have the energy, I'd like to boot pack the SW chute to get a feel for it.
    I really need a week out there.
     
  35. Draizuh

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    Coming over to 'Straaaya for splitfest this winter so hopefully i get to see some of this fabled straayan gnar and perhaps shred some of it.
     
  36. DJM

    DJM One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    :)
    Well you may be slightly underwhelmed by the terrain but I'm sure the Splitfest will be worth it.

    ...and I'll be packing a new splitty so will be an interesting transition.
     
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    Draizuh One of Us

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    I dunno man some of that stuff looks pretty heavy. I am looking forward to the splitfest though!
     
  38. telecrag

    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Have you skied/whatever here before?
     
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    Draizuh One of Us

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    I learnt to ride at Buller in 2006 and after 4 seasons in europe, 2 in japan and 5 in NZ im not really expecting a lot hahaha
     
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    telecrag Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    BC here is where its at terrain wise. But snow conditions make it even more challenging pretty often. Feathertop and Western Faces are the pick IMO. But plenty more around. Hope you get good conditions, and get to hit something memorable.
     
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    6 pages and only 2 (or so) mentions of Mt Feathertop?

    Top of Avalanche Gully. I'm always amazed how close people get to the cornice, they break a lot further back than you think - notice the respectful distance we're maintaining here!

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    Avalanche Gully is lookers right on this photo below. It would been a great run on this day, however I didn't want the cornice dropping on my head ( = you're dead) so we did the bowl to the skiers right of avalanche gully (the middle of this photo).
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    VSG Crayon Master Moderator

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    Just have to do "Buckwheat's Chute" again.... refer earlier in thread.

    Carruthers North spur... New South Wales.

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    I am very keen on some of these trips. If we want to go full radonee and pretend we're in Chamonix, I can bring the climbing gear and crampons and we can abseil dodgy bits or even ski on belay. Got a 30m lightweight half rope offcut somewhere we put aside just for this stuff.

    I actually have a friend who is an excellent climber (but novice splitboarder) who is keen to get out to the Crags and the Sentinal, basically in a technical support role for hard descents.
     
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    late August / early Sept. let's talk?
     
  47. piolet

    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    i'm attempting to align the stars for a week out in late july. hoping my touring partner doesn't get a job by then LOL
     
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    climberman CloudRide1000 Legend Ski Pass: Gold

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    Too much shite weather risk for me in Late July. Have spent a week in a tent once on teh MR, not keen to repeat now I am tacitly engaged in the 'real world'.
     
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    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    yeah i know, but I'll take whatever I can get! lines up with the missus + rugrat heading off to see the inlaws.
     
  50. DJM

    DJM One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Bring the crampons for boot packing out but everything else mentioned can be skied without the gear. The lines mentioned aren't difficult access lines....just depends on the size of your plums and conditions on the day.
     
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