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#50269 - 01/17/10 03:27 AM Re: Catskill backcountry skiing [Re: Rickster]
cfrac Offline
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Registered: 04/26/08
Posts: 462
Hey Rick, we were thinking about doing some Catskills backountry today but opted for
Belleayre was crazy, they were busing people up from the XC parking because the other two lots had filled. Suprisingly though looking up at Dot Nebel it didn't look crowded. ALthough


Edited by cfrac (01/18/10 03:53 AM)

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#50270 - 01/17/10 02:15 PM Re: Catskill backcountry skiing [Re: cfrac]
Rickster Offline
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Registered: 10/16/07
Posts: 850
Loc: Orange Cty, NY
Dot has been closed on and off for the past week as they prepare for racing. In regards to HM.........shhhhhh. RC


Edited by Rickster (01/17/10 02:36 PM)

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#50275 - 01/18/10 01:38 PM Re: Catskill backcountry skiing [Re: Rickster]
franky Offline
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Registered: 01/15/10
Posts: 31
im thinking of doing a ski tour to balsam lake mtn. this week end. im deciding between the the western mill brook approach or the northern dry brook approach, which would you say is more fun?
will i need my skins or will fish scales be enough for either approach? thank you
franky

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#50277 - 01/18/10 08:12 PM Re: Catskill backcountry skiing [Re: franky]
Rickster Offline
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Registered: 10/16/07
Posts: 850
Loc: Orange Cty, NY
Franky, I've not done the Mill Brook Ridge approach. The topo indicates that the last quarter mile or so will be steep. We've done the southerly route from Quaker Clearing to the juncture with the Dry Brook Ridge trail with a descent from the summit clearing, east down to the trail. And, the last two times the Dry Brook Ridge trail up and down. By far, the Dry Brook Trail is fun. I skinned it with tele skis, and my partner use old school touring with waxless pattern. He suffered only a few short sections of herringbone and even a little side stepping. We saw four bear booters post holing the trail on our departure on Saturday. Fortunately, reports of 5 inches of freshies at Bellearye last night will have refreshed the trail. Let us know how it went. Enjoy. RC

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#50288 - 01/20/10 07:24 PM Re: Catskill backcountry skiing [Re: Rickster]
jtuscanes Offline
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Registered: 11/01/02
Posts: 47
Loc: The Vly
This Catskill back coutry area is worth a slide. At about 2400' and pretty steep. Could use another dump, but was still excting last weekend (more snow there then it looks). Anyone know where this is:

From bottom looking up:
http://gunks.com/ubbthreads7/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showpic&id=706

From top looking down:
http://gunks.com/ubbthreads7/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showpic&id=705

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#50290 - 01/20/10 09:32 PM Re: Catskill backcountry skiing [Re: jtuscanes]
Rickster Offline
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Registered: 10/16/07
Posts: 850
Loc: Orange Cty, NY
Nope, I've never seen it before. By your post, it seems like you know where it is. Are you going to share?
On second thought, might it be on Friday Mt? I'd figure the slide on Slide Mtn
is far more overgrown now. RC


Edited by Rickster (01/20/10 09:36 PM)

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#50292 - 01/21/10 01:10 PM Re: Catskill backcountry skiing [Re: Rickster]
jtuscanes Offline
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Registered: 11/01/02
Posts: 47
Loc: The Vly
Rickster....right on. This is the slide on Friday Mtn.

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#50294 - 01/21/10 07:47 PM Re: Catskill backcountry skiing [Re: jtuscanes]
Rickster Offline
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Registered: 10/16/07
Posts: 850
Loc: Orange Cty, NY
Originally Posted By: jtuscanes
This Catskill back coutry area is worth a slide. At about 2400' and pretty steep. Could use another dump, but was still excting last weekend (more snow there then it looks). Anyone know where this is:

From bottom looking up:
http://gunks.com/ubbthreads7/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showpic&id=706

From top looking down:
http://gunks.com/ubbthreads7/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showpic&id=705


By 2400' did you mean elevation or length of the slide? By your photos it sure looks like it needs some more snow. Thanks for sharing. RC

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#50305 - 01/22/10 05:42 PM Re: Catskill backcountry skiing [Re: Rickster]
franky Offline
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Registered: 01/15/10
Posts: 31
when are those pics. from? were you skiing or hiking?

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#50307 - 01/22/10 06:38 PM Re: Catskill backcountry skiing [Re: franky]
franky Offline
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Registered: 01/15/10
Posts: 31
if the weather forcast for this sun and mon. in hughmount,ny is 35 deg. and rain, what will the weather be like at 1000 feet higher elevation? i'm planning an overnight ski tour to balsam lake mtn. and was just getting nervous that its going to rain!

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