Sunday, May 15, 2016

You'll have plenty of time to think about living in a van down by the river when you are living in a van down by the river

Kevin on Point Six.

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Been spring for a while now. So, skinning in the morning...

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... and biking in the evening.

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On weather days, visiting the big kids' school.

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Mammoth for Spring Break.

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And the Boiling River.

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And a walk to see battling bighorns.

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Back home: gnarliest line in the Rattlesnake? Kevin says yes. I turned around on the shoulder, so can't comment except to offer this.

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Good morning Jackson!

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Six hours later.

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Day Two: feeling a bit sluggish, to be honest.

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Five hours later, settled pow on the glacier.

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Home again. A friend's backyard "before".

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Same yard, "during".

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Take a break, go to the Scapegoat.

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Next week, the Bob.

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Back to the yard, and a few more trips to the rock shop.

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Cinco de Mom-O. This year we subbed some party favorites for a slightly new menu, including fried plantains.

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Take green plantains, peel and slice as thin as possible. Fry.

Dipping sauce: mayo, cilantro, lime, jalapeno. Blend.

Heart Lake.

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I called the ranger in Superior to see about the road. He said I could drive to the trailhead, but if I really wanted to ski I'd need a snowmobile since it was 2 miles to the lake. Get to the trailhead and there's a big sign saying in bold letters that snowmobiling is not allowed.

One of those pictures where I try to look all casual, but in reality I spent the last three hours in full body contact bushwhacking.

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

A thousand points of light.

Still trying to get things right-side up.

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Hitting the road.

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Haven't seen this guy since he called a collectivo to get us to Terminal Los Héroes.

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Back then, he was into big terrain and epic spaces. Still is.

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Pause for a moment to appreciate the enormity of this space. A lot of suburban neighborhoods could fit into it.

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Smaller spaces, deeper snow.

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Back home.

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The scenery changes, but the road remains the same.

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Or is that the other way around?

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Pow day on Lookout. Found out the kid needs 95 underfoot just like the rest of us.

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This deep.

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St. Regis.

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3.5 is the new 2.25.

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Well, folks, it's beer o'clock!

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

And saved some part / of a day I had rued

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Kevin, storm skiing on Lolo Pass.

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Patrick, storm skiing on Gash Point on probably the best day of the year.

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Cooper, at Bridger, on a warm Saturday.

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We knew when settling in Missoula that if one of us ever lost our jobs it would be shitty.

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It is, but with the unexpected benefit of suddenly getting a lot of time to self-introspect, work on the bench press routine at the Y, and ski.

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Unfortunately, joblessness has coincided with probably the worst ski season since 2009.

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Even so, travel conditions have been good, the avalanche conditions are low, and gas is still $1.72 a gallon.

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I took some time off the job hunt to show some New Yorkistanis around. Of course, after a day on Lolo Pass we went to the Jack.

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Back in Missoula, we sold out two showings of the Backcountry Film Fest at the Roxy -- a benefit for the Montana Backcountry Alliance. (Note that the dude in the center of the photo is taking a swig from a hip flask. I guess we hold it at the Roxy for a reason.) (click to enlarge)

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Snowless in Missoula.

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The Elkhorns in Oregon. A place I've wondered about for a while, and probably would have never visited if it were not for unemployment.

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Spout Springs Ski Area, a Monday-afternoon find.

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I went on a chuting spree in Northeast Oregon.

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Kevin again, a fellow unemployee, this time in Hyalite.

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And Cooper and Jude, killing it in Bozeman.

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I just need to work out of this hole!