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The Price We Pay for Turns in December # 6179

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Date: 2004.12.27
Vantage Point: From slide alder hell.

Caption: Don Funk imitates a contortionist as he navigates slide alder on skis.

PhotoDescr: Global warming? Weather Pattern shifts? Or just a lousy snow year. I don't know if this photo essay was created to show the early season access issues to these particular drainages, or a chance for me to whine about the awful early season snow pack of 2004 to a group of people who can relate.

This picture was taken on a mission to check out access to the Prospector Peaks area. This particular drainage, east of Phelix Creek, is heavily treed and contains quite a bit of slide alder as well. The thin snow pack made matters quite a bit worse. Alas, some nice (albeit short) turns were made at about 6500' on the south side of Mount Taillefer.

A week before (Dec. 23, 2004) Jos van der Burg and his friend Dana (maybe regrettably) joined Don, Fred Touche, and me for a rough trip up North Joffre Creek. The snow pack was very thin and we ended up carrying skis for about 75% of the day (except Don who somehow managed to keep his on without going insane). The regular skin up the road and creek bed was adventurous. Lots of alder, and a half frozen creek had us basically climbing the creek to it's headwaters with skis on our back.

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