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Spring Gathering weather

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Re: Spring Gathering weather

Postby tmathews » Thu May 05, 2011 3:04 pm

Looks like we'll be able to have the traditional fire.

Please refrain from jumping over the fire lest we have melted pants and twisted ankles again. #-o :wink: :mrgreen:

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Re: Spring Gathering weather

Postby kushrocks » Thu May 05, 2011 3:10 pm

Sweetness. Think there will be campfire wood around or should we buy some on the way up?
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Re: Spring Gathering weather

Postby tmathews » Thu May 05, 2011 3:12 pm

kushrocks wrote:Sweetness. Think there will be campfire wood around or should we buy some on the way up?


I suspect there will be some fresh deadfall around from the winter, but everyone should feel free to stop by a store and bring up a few logs if he/she wants to.

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Re: Spring Gathering weather

Postby giarcd » Fri May 06, 2011 6:21 am

As Terry stated "campfire jumping " is frowned upon for safety concerns-----plus when you land in fire it makes it more difficult to keep fire burning and pants smell bad!!------see ya'll there,I'm leaving West Slope today before noon to catch early birds and help with site arrangements!

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Re: Spring Gathering weather

Postby kansas » Fri May 06, 2011 7:03 am

giarcd wrote:As Terry stated "campfire jumping " is frowned upon for safety concerns-----


Oh, I see how it is...someone downs an entire bottle of Crown and ruins the fun for the rest of us?! :P
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Re: Spring Gathering weather

Postby doggler » Fri May 06, 2011 7:34 am

giarcd wrote:As Terry stated "campfire jumping " is frowned upon for safety concerns-----plus when you land in fire it makes it more difficult to keep fire burning and pants smell bad!!------see ya'll there,I'm leaving West Slope today before noon to catch early birds and help with site arrangements!


I think those pants smelled bad before melting.

Don't forget the ligher fluid.

BTW anyone who gets parched during the long drive from COS is welcome to stop by Eddyline tonight. I'll be there around 7:00, carb-loading for a race there tomorrow.

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Re: Spring Gathering weather

Postby tmathews » Fri May 06, 2011 2:40 pm

I'm bringing some extra baselayers so if anyone gets up there and needs to borrow one, feel free to ask. But please don't forget to give it back to me afterward.

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Re: Spring Gathering weather

Postby thevagabond » Fri May 06, 2011 4:45 pm

I'm in leadville now, about to head down to winfield, ill be driving blue jeep, hiking bel and ox tomorrow attempt to text me at 5173483253 if you'd like to coordinate.

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Re: Spring Gathering weather

Postby MountainHiker » Sun May 08, 2011 9:20 am

There is still a lot of snow. In the morning the snow was still firm enough we didn’t put the snowshoes on until after the cabin. Micro spikes made travel safer until then. We put those on not far from the trailhead. We stashed the snowshoes at the big rock below the Belford ridge. In the afternoon the snow was soft and we postholed some on snowshoes, especially below the cabin / above the stream crossing.

The snow line was noticeably higher on the south facing slopes on the Hope Quail side of the road. However the Finns reported a post holing on snowshoes ordeal.

It was sunny with wind. Clothes were a challenge. I’d bundle up against the wind, then get in a lee and start sweating.

More days like yesterday will reduce the snow a lot over the next few weeks.

Not sure who was doing Hope-Quail today. It sounded like some plans may have changed after yesterday. It did sound like some would be on Belford Oxford.
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Re: Spring Gathering weather

Postby BobbyFinn » Sun May 08, 2011 2:19 pm

MountainHiker wrote:

The snow line was noticeably higher on the south facing slopes on the Hope Quail side of the road. However the Finns reported a post holing on snowshoes ordeal.


By 8 am, the snow at 11.2k was soft. It only got worse as the day went on...
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Re: Spring Gathering weather

Postby kimo » Sun May 08, 2011 2:30 pm

BobbyFinn wrote:By 8 am, the snow at 11.2k was soft. It only got worse as the day went on...


It looked like good times down in the basin for you and Kate. We stayed on the ridge to Quail and came down one of the long snow gulleys on the south side. The scene in your pic became an all-too-familiar sight.

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