Saturday, February 16, 2013

Mt Allen to Coldwater Canyon


Feb 15, 2013: What a fine, sunny day to be in the mountains! We caught a late Mt Allen Tram, and hiked to the top. Great views today:
 Nick and Ben Lomond

The top of the Banana chute was hard windblown, not to mention rocky. Here's a some cuts in the main Banana entrance from Feb 3, 2013.
We figured on dropping into a nice shot, then hiking back up to the Wizard rock. 

Excellent powder, much better than the wind hammered terrain up higher.

The traverse is deep in the forest. 


My boot trail from earlier in the week was blown in; didn't find it. We ended up at another interesting rock in the forest: 

A pit below this rock looked more stable than pits I have seen earlier this season.

There was a somewhat weaker layer a foot and a half down, but no huge layer of weak facets deep in the snowpack.
We cut over to the chute to our right to have a look. This is the Wicked Witch. Here is a view looking down the chute, showing the long forested exit to the road.
I cut tree to tree along a breakover on the left, with nothing moving. Sweet! Nick dropped into an entrance with a rocky choke.







 This area has quite a few cliff hazards. The forest can make it challenging to figure out exactly where you are at times.
 Lots of sweet untouched terrain. If you drop in this far you are committed to a long, tight forest exit, or a big hike out.
 Another quick pit at about 7500 feet was barely 3 feet deep, with some crusts evident, but mostly settled denser snow.








 Some lumpy old avi debris under the newer snow was evident down in the runout.
 The forest runout has a lot of brushy challenging tight trees, for a mile. This is the price you pay, for all those great turns.
 Made it to Smokey Bear!

 This Smokey Bear shot is one that can impact the bottom of the hiking trail, in a big storm cycle.
 Waiting for the shuttle, I dug a couple pits in the north-facing riverbank snowpack. Some rain crusts in there, wet snow this afternoon.



Thursday, September 6, 2012

Karma's too slow, that's why we need Dharma

"Karma's too slow, that's why we need Dharma."
I love this line, its so true. I thought I heard it in a movie; I am surprised that Google can't find it.
This is sort of a Google search experiment, because I posted that line on utrivers.com on March 10, 2012, and now it is the only Google hit for that line in quotes. I just removed it from there, so it will be interesting if this blog post becomes the only google hit.

A tibetan teacher who has helped me on my path, Khenpo Choga, has the clearest definition of Dharma I have ever heard.
https://www.facebook.com/DzogchenKhenpoChogaRinpoche
Dharma: right thinking.
Sangha: those who have right thinking.
Thus:
I take refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.




Sunday, June 17, 2012

North Fork Championships

Wow its been a long time since I've posted here! I went up to Idaho for the North Fork Championships last weekend. It was incredible to watch. On Friday a light drizzle in Crouch let up as we drove over to the North Fork. We took up a prime spot at Juicer, where the largest crowd was. Juicer and Crunch are the two class V rapids on the lower 3 (the race was on the lower 3 miles of the "Lower 5").
Saturday was the Elite race on Jacobs Ladder; incredible V+ drops with gates!
I have not edited the video yet; (need a video editing program), but here are some unedited clips:
Jakub Nemec run 1:
https://vimeo.com/44018208
Ben Luck run 1:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STySt-OcWMc
More to come...

Friday, June 24, 2011

Kayaking the Vertical Challenge 2011

The Eddyflower Vertical Challenge took place again this year from May 15 to June 15. This is a fundraising event for the First Descents kayak camps for cancer survivors. The kayaking side of the Vertical Challenge involves paddling all the "vertical feet" you can. There were less teams this year, for a few reasons, but a few teams from Utah still entered, as well as some of the regular hardcore teams from Colorado and Hood River.

Shoot, eddyflower.com has become an infected site, and they can't seem to clean it up. So I don't want (2012 edit: this link to be clickable until they clean up that site again. )
www eddyflower com/VerticalStandings.aspx#/home


We have had epic high water on every run in Utah this spring, with bankful levels and even flood stage levels being common. There were not so many paddlers with the high levels, and it was often hard to find kayaking partners. Still it was a great month. After a slow start, I finished with a big last weekend, paddling a total of 10964 feet, 25th overall (our team won the class IV division again, and raised $325 for First Descents). A friend informed me that I made the "10,000 foot Vertical Club":
(2012 edit: this site is infected right now; so don't go to this link until they get it cleaned up)
www eddyflower com/verticalstandings.aspx?Report=VerticalClub#/home

Although the new owners of Eddyflower.com assure us that the site won't have the stability problems that the site had under the old owners (most of last years results were lost), I want to back up our results. These are ordered by date.
Paddler Vertical Feet
Bill Hunt 10964 feet
Justin Raymond 5027 feet
Chris Smith 4405 feet
Brandon Sturm 7128 feet
Graham Taylor 8057 feet

Bill Hunt
Bridal Veil IV 5/15/2011
Bridal Veil IV 5/15/2011
Bridal Veil IV 5/15/2011
Pineview to the Indian Trailhead III 5/17/2011
Rainbow Gardens Section III+ 5/17/2011
Rainbow Gardens Section III+ 5/18/2011
Mouth of Weber Canyon to Riverdale III 5/19/2011
The Riverdale Wave III- 5/19/2011
Riverdale to 24th Street II 5/19/2011
Ogden Kayak Park III- 5/19/2011
Evanston Playpark III- 5/21/2011
Evanston Playpark III- 5/21/2011
State Park to Playpark III- 5/21/2011
Rainbow Gardens Section III+ 5/23/2011
Rainbow Gardens Section III+ 5/24/2011
Rainbow Gardens Section III+ 5/24/2011
Mouth of Weber Canyon to Riverdale III 5/25/2011
The Riverdale Wave III- 5/25/2011
Riverdale to 24th Street II 5/25/2011
Below the Ogden Kayak Park II 5/25/2011
Pineview to the Indian Trailhead III 5/26/2011
Woodside Trestle to Vivian Park II 5/27/2011
Woodside Trestle to Vivian Park II 5/27/2011
Little Grand Canyon I 5/28/2011
The Chute III+ 5/29/2011
Henefer to Taggart III- 5/31/2011
South Fork Ogden, upper III- 6/1/2011
Mouth of Weber Canyon to Riverdale III 6/2/2011
The Riverdale Wave III- 6/2/2011
Deer Creek to Vivian Park II 6/3/2011
Cottonwood Creek IV- 6/4/2011
Cottonwood Creek IV- 6/4/2011
Lower Run (Ferron) III+ 6/4/2011
Lower Run (Ferron) III+ 6/4/2011
Cottonwood Creek IV- 6/5/2011
Top Slides - Main Huntington IV 6/5/2011
Pineview to the Indian Trailhead III 6/6/2011
Bridal Veil IV 6/7/2011
Mouth of Weber Canyon to Riverdale III 6/8/2011
The Riverdale Wave III- 6/8/2011
South Fork Ogden, upper III- 6/9/2011
South Fork Ogden, upper III- 6/9/2011
Lower Ogden III 6/10/2011
Pineview to the Indian Trailhead III 6/10/2011
Pineview to the Indian Trailhead III 6/10/2011
Red Banks, upper mile IV- 6/11/2011
Red Banks III 6/11/2011
Upper Logan IV- 6/12/2011
Woodcamp Section III 6/12/2011
Red Banks, upper mile IV- 6/12/2011
Red Banks III 6/12/2011
Red Banks, upper mile IV- 6/12/2011
Red Banks III 6/12/2011
Woodcamp Section III 6/12/2011
South Fork Ogden, upper III- 6/13/2011
City Creek, lower IV- 6/14/2011
City Creek, lower IV- 6/14/2011
City Creek, lower IV- 6/14/2011
City Creek, lower IV- 6/14/2011
Mouth of Weber Canyon to Riverdale III 6/15/2011
The Riverdale Wave III- 6/15/2011
South Fork Ogden, upper III- 6/15/2011


Justin Raymond
Bridal Veil IV 5/20/2011
Bridal Veil IV 5/20/2011
Bridal Veil IV 5/20/2011
Bridal Veil IV 5/20/2011
Cottonwood Creek IV- 5/15/2011
Black Canyon of the Bear IV+ 5/22/2011
Evanston Playpark III- 5/21/2011
Evanston Playpark III- 5/21/2011
Desolation Canyon III- 5/28/2011
Bridal Veil IV 5/29/2011
Cottonwood Creek IV- 6/4/2011
Cottonwood Creek IV- 6/4/2011
Lower Run III+ 6/4/2011
Lower Run III+ 6/4/2011
The Chute III+ 6/12/2011
Top Slides - Main Huntington IV 6/5/2011
Deer Creek to Vivian Park II 6/15/2011
City Creek, lower IV- 6/9/2011
City Creek, lower IV- 6/9/2011
City Creek, lower IV- 6/9/2011
City Creek, lower IV- 6/9/2011
City Creek, lower IV- 6/12/2011

Chris Smith
Ogden Narrows IV 5/16/2011
Ogden Narrows IV 5/16/2011
Bridal Veil IV 5/19/2011
Bridal Veil IV 5/20/2011
Bridal Veil IV 5/20/2011
Park and Ride to Catch Pond IV+ 5/25/2011
Park and Ride to Catch Pond IV+ 5/25/2011
Cottonwood Creek IV- 5/28/2011
Cottonwood Creek IV- 5/28/2011
Bridal Veil IV 5/29/2011
Park and Ride to Catch Pond IV+ 6/6/2011
Park and Ride to Catch Pond IV+ 6/6/2011
Park and Ride to Catch Pond IV+ 6/6/2011
Murtaugh Canyon IV 6/12/2011
City Creek, lower IV- 6/9/2011
City Creek, lower IV- 6/9/2011
City Creek, lower IV- 6/9/2011
City Creek, lower IV- 6/9/2011

Brandon Sturm
Buena Vista Town Run III 5/27/2011
Fractions III+ 5/27/2011
Numbers IV 5/27/2011
Buena Vista Town Run III 5/28/2011
Numbers IV 5/28/2011
Brown's Canyon III 5/29/2011
Numbers IV 5/29/2011
Henefer to Taggart III- 5/15/2011
Bridal Veil IV 5/17/2011
Rainbow Gardens Section III+ 5/19/2011
State Park to Playpark III- 5/21/2011
State Park to Playpark III- 5/21/2011
State Park to Playpark III- 5/21/2011
Bridal Veil IV 5/23/2011
Bridal Veil IV 5/23/2011
Bridal Veil IV 5/25/2011
Henefer to Taggart III- 5/31/2011
Cottonwood Creek IV- 6/4/2011
Cottonwood Creek IV- 6/4/2011
Lower Run III+ 6/4/2011
Lower Run III+ 6/4/2011
Cottonwood Creek IV- 6/5/2011
Top Slides - Main Huntington IV 6/5/2011
Rainbow Gardens Section III+ 6/6/2011
Rainbow Gardens Section III+ 6/6/2011
Pineview to the Indian Trail III 6/6/2011
Henefer to Taggart III- 6/8/2011
Big Cottonwood Creek IV+ 6/8/2011
The Chute III+ 6/12/2011



Graham Taylor
Lower Run III+ 5/15/2011
Bridal Veil IV 5/17/2011
Bridal Veil IV 5/19/2011
Bridal Veil IV 5/20/2011
Black Canyon of the Bear IV+ 5/22/2011
Bridal Veil IV 5/24/2011
Evanston Playpark III- 5/21/2011
Evanston Playpark III- 5/21/2011
Price Canyon IV 5/27/2011
Cottonwood Creek IV- 5/28/2011
Bridal Veil IV 5/25/2011
Pineview to the Indian Trail III 5/26/2011
Rainbow Gardens Section III+ 5/26/2011
Murtaugh Canyon IV 6/1/2011
Henefer to Taggart III- 5/31/2011
Cottonwood Creek IV- 6/4/2011
Cottonwood Creek IV- 6/4/2011
Lower Run III+ 6/4/2011
Lower Run III+ 6/4/2011
Top Slides - Main Huntington IV 6/5/2011
Big Cottonwood Creek IV+ 6/8/2011
Zion Park IV 6/11/2011
Zion Narrows III+ 6/12/2011

Graham still has a few runs missing I see (Top Slides and more of Main Huntington, and some City Creek laps).

Saturday, February 6, 2010


Finally got up to Snowbasin again today! Some fresh snow made for great conditions, although lingering avalanche concerns dictated cautious cuts, rather than letting it rip. Above, untracked just 5 minutes from the top of the tram.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Finally Snowing again!

I may actually get out tomorrow- its finally dumping again in the Wasatch!!!

Somehow didn't keep up the blog during kayaking season, which can continue all winter if you want, especially in the PNW.


Some good shots from last season, just looking through them. Above, thats a shot of a peak I did a snowboard descent on last season, that had a 60 degree section (the peak on the left, the right line toward the treed NE ridge. The photo is kinda looking at the east face ).

Below, look at those rocks! I was suprised to look down this and see those rocks, because I snowboarded this line the spring before, and those rocks were all COVERED. It was a 60 degree bulge, with one obstacle to contend with. This is one way to get to Crazy Larrys (the most "staying-on-the-ridge" way).
Incisors!


Crazy Larrys, down to the Scary Larrys entrance. Super quality, a 53 to 54 degree sustained section. I did that line twice last year, and once the year before.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Snowbasin closing day

A band on the plaza, good times!


I made it up to Snowbasin for closing day, and took a couple afternoon slush runs. Wanted to hike Mt Ogden (SE chutes, above), or the Taxman steeps (below, center, in the shade, this is a short shot that measures a solid 60 degrees), but the late start, and a pinched nerve aggravated by my boots made it a short day. I did get some more photos though.

On Saturday, April 18, I participated in the first whitewater slalom race at the newly installed course at the Ogden Kayak park. Good times! Water temp was 42 degrees, but the sun made it feel warmer. Someone said I was sixth, just one spot away from the prizes. I'll have to practice for next time!
The last 1/3rd of this video shows the end of the slalom course:

More video to come...