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BikerBob_7

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Funny Eric! I like those guys
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pyro
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bob did you light some "fireworks"

http://www.wcax.com/story/34131786/tiny-earthquake-registered-in-town-of-starksboro
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Bob
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Yes a small disturbance on the the Gifford Fault. It wasnt fireworks, it was the new 1000W Subwoofer in the basement.
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Rock'n the Mountain - basement tapes. The hillbillies waking up the bears in them thar hills.

Matt got an electric guitar for xmas and is learning by watching/interacting with some software viewed on a large screen TV...... I'm glad I learned the old fashion way, by ear and some simple chord charts. 

Went skiing today with bro Tom at smuggs. They got 2-3 inches on top of hardpacked, and it skied well. We thought driving up, we were in for a day of noisy turns..... Didn't happen. [icon_daffy]
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Bob
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You were brave driving all the way up there for what was open. It had to be boney. I am waiting for friday morning at MRG and then a weekend BC trip.
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Bob, it wasn't "boney" at all on the MM groomers, which included the FIS. Blacksnake was great, as was chilcoot. The crowd was happy, as were we. We skied hard and fast, and I don't feel 58. I wouldn't of chose to ski yesterday, but had purchased a liftopia "value" ticket, so had to use it or loose it, and it was the only day this week I could ski..... I'm stoked how it turned out. Remember, Smuggs takes care of their skiers, they make shit loads of snow, and know how to groom.
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Bob
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They opened a bunch in a couple days. Looks like they might get more snow from this storm. We have very little so far. Its blowing around but not really staying on the gorund
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There were trails that could have been open but you would have had to pay attention to the hazards. Most people don't so the area just kept the trails closed until there was more snow.
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Bob
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Mad River was crowded as I should have expected. Didnt stay very long. Cant wait in line for 30minutes. Snow was not great, pretty much all tracked out down to bumps and ice. Bob
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slinger
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so you will skin up a mtn for an hour or more but will not wait 30 min for a ride? we have been slaying the perch south of the bridge. new years eve fish fry. 
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Raining all day Tuesday in the valley and mountains...... Alta Utah is skiing deep and steep.... I feel like a fool....Vermont you suck me in with your simple way of life....Even that's a lie.... Simple if you like being poor.... I will ski Monday under sunny skies with my son who hasn't skied in 5 years..... He needs to learn how to ski like a Ketcham. I will be patient.....
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Bob
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Yes I will skin up hill for an hour, sometimes twice. The skin up is just as enjoyable for me. I find that lift serve skiing only works my legs. Skinning is the best low impact exercise I have found. Its like an endless stair master with poles but you are in the woods. Animal tracks, trees, cliffs, birds and all the other winter woods stuff. Free from all other distractions just pick a route and climb. Its really Active TM. I really dont want more people doing it. Some of the popular spots are getting too busy. 
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slinger
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I see, it is kinda like scoring junk. like the difference between buying at a scamjob scanlon sale and beating the junk out of the bushes yourself. 
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Bob
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In a way. Its the only way I know to find flat untracked snow. Ski Areas are fun sometimes but they are generally the Fast Food of skiing. You pay for pretty skied off conditions billed as excellent most of the time. You can hit it on a weekday and get lucky but that's the exception.
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Suppose to rain a little over an inch in the Mt's Thursday. Sure glad I like to spike-hike, should be excellent saturday for just that. I've been hiking more than skiing this winter, and really don't mind one bit at all. Bring on the hardpack bitches. Fkn windy out here by the lake tonight...... Or should I say the last few days. It's a constant roar of wind. I hate wind....Fk you wind.

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Joe, keep me posted on hiking Saturday; I might join you for an icy scramble up on Mansfield or a neighboring peak.
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Bob
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We went up the overland trail and then up into the glades on the side of Dewy on Sunday. There was a fair amount of snow on top. 2-3 feet easy. We skied right to the car but it was not the best, 3" of fluff on a hard breakable crust. No injuries and no falls to speak of just defensive skiing. Very pretty up there. Early rise fat skis work pretty well in that type of snow. They stay up making it possible to actually be in control. Old school straight tele skis would have been awful.
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Bob
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Looks like a crew going to Beaver meadow for a look see Saturday. 9:30am at the taj, car pool up and go see. Morrisville got some snow so it might be dust on crust. 


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Well the Beav has a solid base. We found only 5 or 6 stream crossings open. We skinned up to the top of the ridge where those glades are. We found a new one last year more left of the traditional line. Its 3 or 4 times a big. We built a fire on top and hung for a bit. The skiing was mostly on a hard crust that didn't break. Very edge-able with an occasional  area of new snow that collected deep enough for a fresh turn. Several others up there poking around. 10:30 to 2:30, 4 hour tour. The ski out was on a pretty bullet proof trail with some edges to turn on. I did check out Beaver meadow but we did not go over to Burling. The pond area was pretty full of water, recent new beaver work.  Looks like the State worked up there last summer. There is a new foot Bridge at the bottom of that hill you have to hike up on the way down.
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Thanks for the recon effort. Sounds like you guys made good use of your time. Tom and I spiked-hiked up on Camel's Hump. The hiking was most excellent, so damn easy with crampons, without them, it would of been a bitch. Had a nice lunch at Montclair, the cabin is in great shape. The skiing would of been tricky. Breakable crust isn't much fun.
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Good you got out. Stan did Tear Drop yesterday. Apparently there was 3-5" of new snow up top. Stan was the first track. He went back up today to do a little trimming. Beautiful outside today.
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Bob
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Hey Just a shout out for Mad Rivers Cheap day. Its a Tuesday 1/31. $3:50 for a ticket. Could be fun to get a crew, bring a lunch make a day of it.
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Shane
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I took the roll back the clock day off so I'm good to go. Also, took Feb 10th off for an early skin into Burling for the weekend. Hoping we can get a good size crew in there for that weekend. I skied both days this weekend and the conditions are good.
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Bob
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Great we have a crew of Two! WTF is this Weather. January has been a thaw. 
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Shane
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The snow was good this weekend. Heavy and wet but pretty fast. Still got stream crossings to deal with, but I'm getting pretty good at finding creative ways to get across. No complaints from my end. Good storm rolling in tonight! Anyone up for a headlamp tour tomorrow night?
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