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 Post subject: Dunderberg/Green Creek Shuttle
PostPosted: Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:12 pm 
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5.20.11 I met up with Dave at about 2pm in the South Bay at one of his local pizza joints and the scenery didn't suck. We had been talking for a few days about different options for the weekend and had talked about the Dunderberg/Green Creek shuttle or a Langley day trip. The weather forecast was a little spotty so we left the options open.

After pizza we spent the next two and half hours taking in views like this :banghead:
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Fortunately Dave had agreed to take care of the 405 and most of the 14 which I was grateful for. Once you hit the 395 the world changes drastically.
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We came around the corner into Lone Pine, saw the snow line for Langley, and made the decision to head north to camp at Horse Meadows.

5.21.11 Gibbs, Kidney Chute, & The Plateau
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We headed to MoMart and met up with Jaybaysurfer, Jimw, Ollie, and Isaac to have some breakfast and come up with a plan.

Dunderberg / Green Creek it was:
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After dropping off Jim's van off we headed up to Virginia Lakes and began climbing one of the Southeast Gullies of Dunderberg at about 10:30.
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We skinned 1/2 way up the gully before the sun returned and started to do work on the 2"-3" of new snow. There were some roller balls beginning to form so we opted to bootpack the remainder of the climb on a little ridge feature that divides the upper portion of the gully that consisted of snow, scree, and bushes. It was some good fun. Jimw going up:
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Looking down:
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Dave approaching the saddle:
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Jimw and Ollie enjoying the views:
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Now to the part we came for. Jaybay Looking down the north couloir of Dunderberg:
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Dave:
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Jaybaysurfer:
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Jimw:
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Looking back:
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After a short hike we were ready to begin the ride/traverse to the Green Creek Gully. We dropped in as a group and began riding to the northwest. To my surprise we found what I like to call "The Triangle". I could have sessioned this all day.
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After The Triangle we had a little more traversing to get to Green Creek. What we couldn't ride we booted and there wasn't a whole lot of uphill. It had gotten pretty warm by the time we had arrived at the green Creek Gully. The upper 1/3 was in pretty good condition still, but by the lower 2/3 had some debris and a pretty good runnel going down the gut.

The crew hiking up:
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Looking down:
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Jaybaysurfer:
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Dave:
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Isaac:
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Jimw:
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Ollie:
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Another awesome tour and day in the mountains! I will definitely revisit this one. :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Dunderberg/Green Creek Shuttle
PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:37 am 
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Nice work men, looks like a solid crew!

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 Post subject: Re: Dunderberg/Green Creek Shuttle
PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 11:02 am 
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Looks like fun....The Triangle looks epic.....What happened to Benny on this trip?


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 Post subject: Re: Dunderberg/Green Creek Shuttle
PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 3:33 pm 
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Looks like you guys hit it right. Was there a lot of walking at the end?

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 Post subject: Re: Dunderberg/Green Creek Shuttle
PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 5:42 pm 
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Sweet. Wasn't too much walking at the bottom Rod, but what there was consisted of this sort of thing:
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Standby for more of my picks, they're uploading right now...

Setting out, then Fullers20h practicing his "dirt skinning" technique..splitbooting? Hells no!
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RJC Skinning with Fullers2oh below:
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In the N. Coulior..tks for letting me go first gang!
RJC (what do mean the camera is tilted? No way, anyone who's ridden this line knows it's at least 70 deg! :lol:
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Ollie then Isaac:
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Fullers20h sequence:
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Shredded...it was really good. I never expected pow on this day, but somehow we found it.
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Crossing over, below the Triangle:
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The mellow booting across the plateau:
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Green Creek, only this shot came out. It wasn't as good as Dundy, but it was a hell of a lot better then reascending to get back to the car!:
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Summary:
Total Time: 6:29:24
Distance: 6.12 mi
Vert gain: 4376'
Descending: 6237'
Low pt: (GC TH) 7991'
High pt: (Dund)12,343'

One of my favorite tours this season. I went into the weekend with emails from Jimw, Fullers and RJC, and Ollie and Isaac...independently, and I ended up touring with them ALL on this tour..sometimes things work out when friends, conditions and location all come together. Ending the night with Lobster taquitos is NEVER a bad thing either :headbang:

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 Post subject: Re: Dunderberg/Green Creek Shuttle
PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 7:58 pm 
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Stellar work gentlemen! Have wanted to hit Dunderberg for some time...now even more so.

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 Post subject: Re: Dunderberg/Green Creek Shuttle
PostPosted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:50 pm 
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Dang guys, looks really fun! Some really nice looking lines in the photos. Nice work!

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 Post subject: Re: Dunderberg/Green Creek Shuttle
PostPosted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:55 pm 
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great times up there! excellent pics so far guys....i will post a few later on....josh are you shhhhhure about those numbers? i thought it was more like about 50ft of ascent for 64,000 feet of descent!


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 Post subject: Re: Dunderberg/Green Creek Shuttle
PostPosted: Mon Jun 06, 2011 12:50 am 
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rjc wrote:
Jimw and Ollie enjoying the views:
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For some reason this pic makes me think of Capt. Picard and Kuato discussing the finer points of the eastern Sierra spring snowpack. Sorry Olly, J/K! :)

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One of these days I'll get through my million pics from that epic week and a half on the eastside and post em up here. That "Triangle" windlip was epic!


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