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Winter 2012: It was the best times, it was the worst of times…

Even though it basically didn’t snow last season, we were determined to get after it.  In the end, I was so thrilled with out accomplishments during such trying times, I decided to whip up a season encompassing highlight reel.  If this is season even approaches last season in awesomeness I’ll be content.

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The Oregon Trip: Big Mountain Lines

Continued From The Oregon Trip: Road Trip.

We settled on making a push for The Horn.  We’d head due west for a few miles, make our way into the alpine and try our luck at the couloirs descending from Horn.  We made breakfast, melted some snow to top off our Nalgenes, plotted a few waypoints on our GPS devices and hit the skin track.

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The Oregon Trip: Road Trip

There’s no short way to tell this tale, so I won’t even try.  In fact, the scope of the story is so great, that words would hardly do it justice.  To that end, I’ll start with the map:


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The plan was to rally in Portland and embark on a shred-quest, the scale of which had been witnessed by none of us before…  The team consisted of myself, Rob, his brother Brad, Brad’s best friend Ryan, and fellow ski team alum Karl.  We’d rally in Portland, drive 6.5 east to Halfway, OR.  From there we’d meet up with the Wallowa Alpine Hut guides at the Carson House and spend one last night in civilization before plunging into the wilderness.  The following morning, the guides would tow us into the woods behind a snowmobile for roughly 6 miles, at which time, we’d skin an additional 2.5 miles and 2000 vertical feet to the Norway Basin yurt.  The yurt would serve as our back-country skiing base-camp for the next 5 nights.

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