RealJock on Ice: Chewey and TigerTim Take on the Great Outdoors

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    Feb 24, 2008 11:16 PM GMT
    First off, many thanks to RealJock, without which it's likely Le Tigre and I would have never had the chance to meet and take the trip I'm about to describe. Much love to RJ.

    The Plan: Snowshoe from Iron Creek Campground near Stanley, Idaho up to Sawtooth Lake, Sunday to Friday. Total estimated round trip distance: ~10 miles.

    Actual Trip: Snowshoe from the end of the plowed part of the road going to Iron Creek Campground up to Sawtooth Lake Monday to Thursday. Total estimated round trip distance: ~14 miles. Change in elevation: ~1700 feet.

    The original justification for this trip was as a vehicle for some awesome snowkiting since I mentioned to Tim during our first conversation that I knew a winter lake that would be perfect for the sport. Alas, the wind during our trip never really appeared, so we didn't get to kite. We did, however, get to do some awesome snowboarding in thick, untouched powder.

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    We got out earlier than expected, and so we decided to cap off the incredible week of snowshoeing with a day of snowboarding at Tamarack Resort near Donnelly, Idaho. We got very lucky, because it happened to snow 4 inches the previous night. Needless to say, the snow was phenomenal and we partook of great off-piste runs through perfectly spaced trees.

    Though I'm including the full Picasa slideshow at the end of this post, here are a few visual highlights of our journey.

    Tim at the trailhead
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    Me with our board trailing
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    Our bounteous stash of food. We ended up taking twice as much as we needed, and I think both of our legs and backs are still feeling that. The packs must have been somewhere between 50 and 60 pounds with all of our gear. We're lucky we made a base camp at mile 5 so that we wouldn't have to lug those packs up the nasty ridge to get to the lake.
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    Tim's experiment in physics: an earth oven
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    Misty morning meadow (yay alliteration!)
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    Tim and me in front of Mt. Regan and on top of the frozen Sawtooth Lake
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    For my part, I will say that it was really awesome to meet TigerTim in person after having talked for so long on RJ and AIM. Our week was incredibly exhausting, but I have to put it up there with some of the best trips I've ever had in my life. Thanks, Tim, for the great conversation, the cuddling for warmth as our clothes and sleeping bags became increasingly damp from snow (it was a low of -6 on our last night of camping y'all), and for proving how much fun a couple of gays can have hiking through the great outdoors.

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    Feb 24, 2008 11:24 PM GMT
    very cool icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 24, 2008 11:24 PM GMT
    Great pics, almost makes me wish winter had a couple of months still to go!
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    Feb 25, 2008 12:36 AM GMT
    Wow---looks like a great trip!

    This photo is terrific:

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    An accomplishment for both the snowboarder and the photographer.
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    Feb 25, 2008 12:39 AM GMT
    Props to Tim for taking the picture; however, that was not on a snowboard. I just leaped off into the snow with my snowshoes on (which probably looks like a snowboard in the picture). I wish I was that good of a boarder!
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    Feb 25, 2008 1:32 AM GMT
    Great stuff!
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    Feb 25, 2008 1:42 AM GMT
    Awesome pictures! And it looks like you both had a great time. icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 25, 2008 3:09 AM GMT
    We did indeed have a great time. Tim's probably still on a plane home right now, but I know he agrees and will probably add to this thread with his blog post when he gets settled back at his pad.
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    Feb 25, 2008 3:10 AM GMT
    Aww, that is sweeeeeeet!

    So where are you going on your honeymoon?
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    Feb 25, 2008 3:12 AM GMT
    That was awesome guys! I am so jealous. I hope to make it up to mammoth here in California soon. I want to snowboard so bad.
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    Feb 25, 2008 3:16 AM GMT
    obscenewish saidAww, that is sweeeeeeet!

    So where are you going on your honeymoon?


    We'll decide once we figure out the names for the kids.

    By kids I mean dogs. Because I might kick any baby that makes its way into my house. icon_twisted.gif
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    Feb 25, 2008 3:29 AM GMT
    Speaking of exotic trips, have you received your Peace Corps assignment yet?
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    Feb 25, 2008 3:31 AM GMT
    FANTASTIC! BEAUTIFUL! EXCITING!...and the scenery was nice too. Great Photo album. Looks like great fun!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 25, 2008 3:33 AM GMT
    obscenewish saidSpeaking of exotic trips, have you received your Peace Corps assignment yet?


    No, and it's a source of continuing vexation! I talked to them a few weeks ago, and they tried getting me to leave in March instead of May but I couldn't, so they said they'd get back to me in a few weeks. Well, it's been a few weeks, and I'm still waiting. This last week has been a great distraction since there was no way for me to check my mail anyway. It's starting to drive me crazy.
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    Feb 25, 2008 3:36 AM GMT
    You are needed in Zimbabwe
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    Feb 25, 2008 3:41 AM GMT
    obscenewish saidYou are needed in Zimbabwe


    I'm pretty sure only divine intervention can help Zimbabwe these days.

    Well, okay, perhaps transparent democratic elections would suffice. But it might take divine intervention for that to occur.
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    Feb 25, 2008 6:03 AM GMT
    Thank you for sharing your trip and pictures. The untouched snow cover was beautiful. Looks like you snapped a shot of a woodpecker on the tree, and I think those animals were mule deer?

    Thanks for the map, to see where you went. Looks like it was way out in the boonies. Six-below at night, Yikes.

    I used to regularly deliver out near you, and Idaho is at the top of the list of places I would want to live, if I was to relocate out west.

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    Feb 25, 2008 6:37 AM GMT
    skeezix saidThank you for sharing your trip and pictures. The untouched snow cover was beautiful. Looks like you snapped a shot of a woodpecker on the tree, and I think those animals were mule deer?

    Thanks for the map, to see where you went. Looks like it was way out in the boonies. Six-below at night, Yikes.

    I used to regularly deliver out near you, and Idaho is at the top of the list of places I would want to live, if I was to relocate out west.



    Actually, the animals were of two varieties. The larger ones were elk and the little babies were white tail deer. The snow's been so bad this year that they actually were right down near the highway. It was a slow drive for about 15 miles.
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    Feb 25, 2008 1:17 PM GMT
    Awww...

    Where's the hot outdoor porn shots of le tigre and le chewey in l'amour grand icon_question.gif

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    Feb 25, 2008 3:53 PM GMT
    Looks like a fantastic trip. Glad you kids had a swell time.
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    Mar 01, 2008 12:54 AM GMT
    Ach... what d'ya know? I get back to civilization and my laptop dies :-( Once it gets fixed, and I have internet back in my apartment, I'll so a mammoth blog update etc.!

    And I <3 Chewey... that dude rocks! I now have to compose a testimonial icon_biggrin.gif