June 23, 2019, Slate Peak done better

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Posted by mikerolfs on 6/23/19 1:59pm
Third time's a charm. The road is open to the top, and there is an 850 foot run that starts about 50 below the lookout and skis north about to the thick timber in the Pasayten River drainage. Really great conditions today. Smooth, no stick, just a bit of slough. The lower portion will not last long.

The lookout


Looking into the Pasayten


Tracks


If you want to ski this patch, you don't have to walk up to the lookout. You can walk part way up, and then take the
West Fork Pasayten trail around the corner to the north. That is how I came back to the car, and it was better.


Coming up from my second run, I met an all female group on an 18 day (not a typo) Pasayten wilderness loop. They had started at Ross Lake. They told me I was the first person they had seen in four days and that they had a re-food stash, but had started out carrying 11 days of food and fuel. They had an electric fence to put around their food. What an adventure!

18 day walk!
2019-06-30 15:03:59
Zap
Carrying eleven days of food? That's hard core!
2019-06-30 18:56:18
Lowell_Skoog
author=Lowell_Skoog link=topic=42050.msg165376#msg165376 date=1561390617]
Carrying eleven days of food? That's hard core!


Seriously.

How do you power an electric fence for 11 days in the backcountry? Big capacitor or something that gives the bear one good shock?
I could see that not working out so great with a determined bear.
2019-07-01 08:34:30
kamtron
author=Lowell_Skoog link=topic=42050.msg165376#msg165376 date=1561390617]
Carrying eleven days of food? That's hard core!


If I had to walk 11 days AND keep to my self-imposed pack-weight limit I'd starve to death.
2019-07-01 09:48:47
PhilH
Nice turns and what a group you ran into! Lugging a car battery(?) and fence in addition to their food is quite the effort!
2019-07-08 12:29:24
voyageur

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