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Randy
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Post Mon Mar 24, 2008 11:17 am    Earl Peak Ski - 3/23/08
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It was 8:30 AM and I was back at 29 pines for the second day in a row! It wasn't raining and that was good, I had skis too and that was really good. Four of us (don b, Pat, Roald, and myself) started from the end of pavement about 8:50 and made quick work up to the turnoff for Standup Creek which we'd use to access the south slopes of Earl.


The weather got increasingly worse as we headed north, but the snow was looking pretty decent, so I was happy. We followed the creek more a or less, then worked up a natural half pipe then out onto the slopes bordering the basin just south of Earl.


Around 5800' the snow began to deepen and by the time we topped out on the east ridge of Earl at 6600' there was about a foot of fresh on top of a mildly firm base. Once on the ridge, the weather went a bit psycho on us, so we hid in the trees and added layers. I think the majority of us had summited Earl before, so the motivation to continue the last 400' was pretty low. Time to ski!


Great trip down. Deep powder for the first 500' or so then we worked down through various half pipes and open slopes to our skin track along the creek. Overall, is was a great 3500' ski descent - even once we were back down in the trees.

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wildernessed
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Post Mon Mar 24, 2008 11:30 am   
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up.gif How far from the drivable road end to Stand Up Creek TH ?, I have been all around Earl, but never to Earl itself. It's on the near future "to do list".

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Randy
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Post Mon Mar 24, 2008 11:36 am   
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Earl would be a fairly quick snowshoe trip right now. One could probably summit in 4-5.5 hours depending on conditions.

You could run the distance numbers on Topo, but basically you're parking at 29 Pines for the next few weeks.
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wildernessed
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Post Mon Mar 24, 2008 11:39 am   
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Randy wrote:
Earl would be a fairly quick snowshoe trip right now. One could probably summit in 4-5.5 hours depending on conditions.

You could run the distance numbers on Topo, but basically you're parking at 29 Pines for the next few weeks.

up.gif Thanks.

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ActionBetty
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Post Mon Mar 24, 2008 2:08 pm   
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pretty sweet  biggrin.gif

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Mtn Man
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Post Mon Mar 24, 2008 3:56 pm   
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Way to git Earl done!

God I hate that saying.....

I may need to do this in later spring, sounds like a blast.

B)

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Randy
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Post Mon Mar 24, 2008 4:11 pm   
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Yup. There's going to be a lot of good skiing in there over the next 6-8 weeks.
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Post Mon Mar 24, 2008 5:04 pm   
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praise be the Reverends.
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Magellan
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Post Mon Mar 24, 2008 8:28 pm   
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Nice TR.  What are 'Reverends'?  confused.gif
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Post Mon Mar 24, 2008 8:31 pm   
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damn i wish I had gone!!!   doof.gif  rolleyes.gif
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Post Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:48 am   
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Mag,
The Reverends are the name of the model of ski.
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Post Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:52 am   
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Dang, I was about to run to church.
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Post Tue Mar 25, 2008 9:00 am   
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Don had the Reverends.  I had the Ethics.  The diff is that Don knows how to handle the Church of Skiing, while I am still in skiing Sunday school. doof.gif

It was great to get out with you guys!  Thanks for a great trip.  I came home and immediately looked up Pat's TR on cc.com on his trip with Don up Argonaut.  Incredible.

That orange basket in Randy's picture is on my ski pole.  Randy fashioned the basket from a Gatorade top after my tip broke off in an unfortunate encounter with a tree.  The craftmanship is impeccable.  up.gif  I'm keeping the orange basket.
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Post Tue Mar 25, 2008 7:16 pm   
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The gatoraide cap/ski basket is a stroke of genius up.gif

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