Slackfest 2010: A(n[OTHER]) Trifecta

By:  Greg
June 1, 2010

In no time we found ourself out of schuss-space at the bottom of the Great Gulf, and faced with a long trip back to the top. If this was supposed to be a relaxing “slack-filled” day, why did we have to ascend 1400 vertical feet? Answer: to leave our signature turns on an impeccable and untouched “Right Wing.” Here’s Erik SHREDDING!
Erik on Right Wing

Christian snapped this shot of me coming in hot to the lower part of Right Wing.
Greg schusses the lower part of Right Wing

With the first part of the trifecta (plus two bonus laps of Right Wing) under our belts, we headed off to Mt. Clay for part two. Before proceeding however we took a completely unnecessary break. I mean, I didn’t carry the stove and the beer all the way down from the car for the exercise. I brought it so we could SLACK!
Slackfest in full swing

About two beers in, Christian pointed over and started talking about a smiley face taking shape in his mind’s eye amidst this north facing scree field. Do you see it?
smiley face, or two Labatt Ice's at elevation?

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  1. arewolfe
    wrote on June 1st, 2010 at 10:07 pm  
    • Greg
      wrote on June 1st, 2010 at 10:40 pm  

      coolers are for schussing and beer (schussing)

  2. icelanticskier
    wrote on June 1st, 2010 at 10:17 pm  

    very nice conclusion………or is it? auto slacking eluded me this year, but was up to other things on foot. solo.

    great pics and story, nice to run into you this season up high. short summer cometh. again.


    • Anonymous
      wrote on June 1st, 2010 at 10:22 pm  

      I’m sure ol’ petrics will get out again… i think he just means the “good” schuss is done for for a while…

  3. Dwyer
    wrote on June 1st, 2010 at 10:36 pm  

    I’m liking the lookin of those lichens. I’d like to include that photo in my newest pending publication, “Lichens Above, Below, and Beside Schwackline” if you wouldn’t mind.

    • Greg
      wrote on June 1st, 2010 at 10:40 pm  

      I mind… I only want to see it in the publication “Lichens in the line of schwack”

  4. powhounddd
    wrote on June 1st, 2010 at 10:48 pm  

    crazy snow maniacs all a-tramplin’ the tundras. Prolly go up high and poke caribou with a stick too, eh?!

    Darn fine, missed the rockpile entirely this season, m’self. Ah well! Thanks for those fine shots and fun read, as usual.

  5. Porter Haney
    wrote on June 2nd, 2010 at 11:05 am  

    G. Not only is the Christian lichen-hallway shot amazing, but prose is phenominal too. You’d sooth a baby lichen to sleep with words like that.

  6. robrox
    wrote on June 2nd, 2010 at 11:12 am  

    Slacking season is still on!

    Memorial Day w/e was a gas, gas, gas!
    BBQ that is. We had a nice three-day slack, holding the First Annual 10th Mountain Memorial Day Slalom on the East Snowfield. Pix will be up @ T4T during the evening of June 2nd.

  7. ml242
    wrote on June 2nd, 2010 at 7:23 pm  

    black and white on the top of page one is a top ten all time classic FIS.

    since the rocks at stowe were good enough and mt wash still has patches!, I’ll still keep an eye out for a postscript just in case.

  8. ml242
    wrote on June 2nd, 2010 at 7:34 pm  

    First time caller, long time listener… Does Christian actually bootpack in snowboard boots or does he actually carry ski boots and crampons in his bag to get back up?

    • Greg
      wrote on June 2nd, 2010 at 7:36 pm  

      he does all his ascent in snowboard boots. has strap on crampons for the ascent… i’m sure i could get him to make some comments and recommendations about what he’s figured works best after spending a season traipsing around with me

    • christian
      wrote on June 2nd, 2010 at 9:25 pm  

      he bootpacks in snowboard boots. sometimes he carry’s a chairlift in his backpack.

      seriously though, i <3 burton drivers! strap cramps are a pain in the bum, so when the going gets icy, i pull out the piolet and let my isometric panic attack guide me to the pow.

    • Porter Haney
      wrote on June 4th, 2010 at 11:52 am  

      isothermia and piolets, the only keys to seeing up Ullr’s skirt

  9. natron
    wrote on June 5th, 2010 at 11:04 am  

    I use 12 pt.ers with my burton sabbath’s 08 or 09. gets me anywhere..
    08 burton drivers I also own but not as comfy as the sabbath..
    can you guys please start drinking quality beer!!
    love the tr’s strong work!!

    • Greg
      wrote on June 8th, 2010 at 6:37 pm  

      natronator… sorry about not replying earlier. just saw this now.

      anyway, that’s good quality advice. we’ll probably be running a few FAQs/tip posts next fall when we get close to the holy time again, and i’ll probably hunt you down for a few tips if you don’t mind.

      anyway, we drink as good a beer as the ads on this site pay for… so you know… the more you pay attention and check… you know… those thingies that have some messages on them that are not messages from us… the better beer shows up.

      although i must say i love MHL

  10. natron
    wrote on June 10th, 2010 at 5:34 pm  

    are they tracking hits or sales??

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