July turns: had to happen. Met Madpatski at Pinkham a little before 8:30 after the usual looking for lost souls who haven't met yet. I'll say this; Madpat is excellent hiking company for stories and spirited opinions. We kind of took our time trekking the Tux Trail, playing with the visitors from away (" He's got the snowgun and I have the hoses") and those who used to turn this time of year or didn't today for whatever reason. Hope I never get that old, 18 or 80. Met Anthony from Hermit who warned against anything looker's right of Center Head, alot of undermining. Got to HoJo's, then up. LG looks undermined from both sides and the bottom is obviously hollow, so no go there for now, not with a lot more and more stable in the bowl itself. Maybe if it collapses on itself as a piece, as Right sometimes does this late, a more adventurous soul than myself could sketch a turn or so. Once up above the scrub and myriad water courses to the snow we started looker's left under chute and worked north as conditions and time permitted. Snow was pretty much half inch to two inches of corn, sun cupped, with grey ice veins on the fall line where the melt had refrozen at the surface. The odd thing, at least to my experience, was that there were no crevasses on any of our ski routes, unlike what Rick and I saw 2 weeks ago, although the snow was quite deep in places. Must have melted in and collapsed on themselves. Lots of undermining at all perimeters, some holes down low but obvious in the snow surface itself. Did 2 each below chute, then stretched the last turn to head over to center head. Those runs were the best. In the middle of all this I was ending my first run out of center and found standing in front of me a bright eyed freshman in college who had seen us from Lion Head and had run down RG to see if he could borrow skis for " a couple turns in July". Offered to carry our skis out if we honored his request. My foot was too small, so Pat let him use his. I hiked up ahead of him for his run with out my camera, so no pix here of a very good run except of him doing heroic sherpa duty bringing our packs over to us. Check out the carry style. Pat may post with pix from our newfound friend, Bangor Ben. That was one happy dude after his turns. He'll be posting on this site before it's over, for sure. Pat and I went up center for the fifth run (by the way, max vert per Pat's alt. is 100' +/-). I went first, third turn lost one edge on the snow, then the other. Almost pulled it out, but slid into a rill before I could get a pole arrest set. Lots of ice rash and I'm stiff and sore in more than one place, but, hey, it only hurts when I laugh (literally). I think Pat set a course record getting down to pick up the pieces: thanks. Oh well, that which doesn't kill us makes us stronger. (Wife's reaction:
).Pat grabbed one more while I figured out how to breathe again then he did the dodge the undermined line to the end as I booted out. Hope you can see his exit in the pic. We hiked the lower part of Tux Trail listening to thunder and dodging raindrops. Came out just as the downpour started. I went to the Jeep to shed the weight and get the clothes/shower duffle, while Pat watched the lightning show east and south of the Mahoosics from the pnvc deck. An AMC shower, much like prior girlfriends (unexpectedly hot and cold),and we parted ways. It was my pleasure, Pat. Weather and body willing, the Beach on Sunday, if it's still in. See you out there.
MadPatSki in the state required pic.
RG pretty much suspended over not much.
Pat ready to go below Chute
Pat grabbing every last turn
Pat 2nd run rippin' below Chute
TuaGuy looking for the next turn
Pat headed up for his first on Center
Pat full race mode
sherpa bangor ben, thanks for the help, and go get em, kid.
on the way out artwork
postcard to canuckistan: wish you were here