Coastal Crest Snow Patrol

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Coastal Crest Snow Patrol

Postby jibmaster » Mon Feb 04, 2008 1:38 pm

The Coastal Crest Snow Patrol is seeking new members. The CCSP handles ski descents in Mendocino National Forest.

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-Ski remote peaks
-Deal with the locals - bears, coyotes, mt. lions and Bigfoot?
-Ski epic, steep corn all winter
-Snow camp

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I'll be up at Hull tomorrow and Wed. janzalo is coming up for the day on Tuesday.
I see there are some North Bay locals on this board. If anyone wants a tour of Hull Mountain, we both got Jeeps and have room for two more. janzalo will be heading back Tuesday night (lives in St. Helena), and I'll be camping out and skiing Wednesday as well.

Git 'yer jib on in the Coast Range!
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Postby splitclimber » Tue Feb 19, 2008 2:58 pm

Promote :D
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Postby Dodrill » Tue Feb 19, 2008 5:47 pm

I wanna go! but can't this week. :cry: Soon.

Try Kendall Ermshar. He lives in St. Helena and is up for an adventure. Damn good boarder too. PM me if you want his #.
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Postby Moji » Sat Feb 23, 2008 2:53 pm

jibmaster! look forward to seeing you at split's show March4! hope you can make it , I 'd like to hear about Hull as would some others. cheers M
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Postby jibmaster » Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:43 am

I'll be there. Can't pass up the opportunity to phish for some midweek partners.
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Postby Dodrill » Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:04 pm

Looks like ya got some fresh snow hitting the coast range right now!

Good seeing you the other week Jibmaster.
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Postby jibmaster » Fri Sep 26, 2008 7:40 am

I got the whole month of January off.
:D
Hull and Snow Mountain as seen from Mt. St. Helena
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Postby Chisholm » Fri Sep 26, 2008 9:22 pm

Sounds interesting. I work in Mendo county. Buying a slitboard. Could be convenient.
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Postby jibmaster » Fri Sep 26, 2008 11:03 pm

Keep in touch Chisholm. I normally ski every Wednesday, sometimes Tuesday as well. But, once again, I got the whole month of January off and will be dodging storms all month.
Hull Mountain is the usual, closest place for me to get to, but I spend a good amount of time up at the Mendocino Pass area skiing Anthony Peak, Black Butte and of course all the lines up at the Pass.

Snow Mounain is most accessable in the fall/early winter and spring.
I know of a way to summit in seriously low/deep snow levels that I've wanted to try for a while now...
It's just that every time it dumps like that I always end up at Hull.


The far north portion of Mendo Nat'l Forest contains the Yolla Bolly Wilderness. Home of Bigfoot. :wink:
I've skied North and South Yolla Bolly(Mt. Linn).

Other obscure peaks and tours lay untouched...
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Postby Dodrill » Sat Sep 27, 2008 7:20 am

I'll play for sure.
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Postby Sam Mills » Sat Sep 27, 2008 2:34 pm

I used to downhill, but haven't skied for many years (I morphed into a Steelheader). The last four or 5 seasons I've threaten to buy a backcountry outfit. Maybe this year!
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Postby Chisholm » Sat Sep 27, 2008 3:48 pm

Jib, Hull is not to far from Snow Mt. How do you access snow? I grew up in Ukiah and used to work in Covelo. No the are fairly well. The Bollys would be cool. Nobody else would be up there!
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Postby jibmaster » Sun Sep 28, 2008 12:46 am

"How do you access snow?"

Like this

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Check out 'more from user' in the above link.
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Re: Coastal Crest Snow Patrol

Postby jibmaster » Tue Sep 11, 2012 10:56 am

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Re: Coastal Crest Snow Patrol

Postby Dodrill » Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:48 pm

Sick! Hoping to join this winter!
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Re: Coastal Crest Snow Patrol

Postby jibmaster » Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:36 am

What days off do you have? It looks like I'll still have Tue/Wed's off. It's hard to find midweek partners.
Hopefully, this next winter will treat the Coast Range a little better than last...

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A few pics of Shasta in there from a Hull/Shasta trip back in Jan. '11

Hull Mt. w/Lake Pillsbury buried in fog.
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Re: Coastal Crest Snow Patrol

Postby splitclimber » Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:59 am

beat you to posting your mendo article

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Re: Coastal Crest Snow Patrol

Postby jibmaster » Thu Oct 25, 2012 11:03 am

Headed up to South Yolla Bolly yesterday.
Driving in on the A9 (Corning Rd.) towards Paskenta from Corning.

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This is the place to be this time of year. The gate closes Dec. 1st.
The gate is located at 4000' on Colyear Springs Rd.
Also known as Forest Route M22.
South Yolla Bolly is the tallest mountain in the Mendocino National Forest.
Standing 8094' tall, it'll have the goods before the rest of the forest.

The Sacramento Valley was foggy and the Coast Range was buried in clouds.
By the time I reached the gate, it started snowing.
Half a mile later, it started to stick. A few miles later, the road was fully covered in snow.
After almost two decades of skiing the Mendo. Nat'l Forest,
I have come to equate skiing with 4wheeling.
It just doesn't seem like a complete ski experience without dropping it into 4X4 and getting the Jeep all muddy.
:D

Drove about 8 miles past the gate to 5800'. It was DUMPING!
About 6 inches of snow on the ground here.
The snow was not consolidated.
However, the very wet snow in the Coast Range allowed me to ski over the road without sinking too low.
Just as I started skiing up the road, the sun made an appearance.

The next couple hours were sunny and snowing at the same time.
Very little wind.
I was using my Rossignol BC110's.
I was hoping to make an easy day of it, by gliding along on my scaled skis.
I skied up the road towards Bear Camp.
The first thing I noticed was the clumpage.
The unconsolidated snow was sticking to the bottom of my skis.
It was sticking to everything.
It would gather under my heel and ghost shift my heal piece to downhill mode.
As the snow got deeper, the amount of snow sticking to the bottom of my skis got heavier. At first, I was enjoying the extra effort.
It was a good work out.
But after awhile, I began to rethink my day trip plans.

I wasn't sure of the snow conditions sitting at my computer at home.
There appeared to be about two feet of snow at the top.
I knew that the new snow needed a nice freeze/thaw cycle to consolidate.
That's why I waited 'till Wed. to go up. But as I found out, the skies never cleared overnight enough to firm up the wet snow.

I made it to the main road above Bear Camp about an hour from the vehicle.
The road was perfect for skiing, as it's nice and smooth. I wasn't hitting any rocks. But my legs were killing me.
Having to lift up and forward 10-15 pounds of snow stuck to the bottom of my skis was starting to take it's toll.
I had a stick of purple wax that I used several times.
I would glide along for about 5 minutes before it wore off.
I didn't even try the skins. Figured that would be worse.

So I took a break at the upper road.
The road was fine for clumping up, but the road would soon end. And then it would be on to the summit ridge.
Tons of rocks. I didn't want to ruin my brand new scaled skis on the upper ridge and slopes with the unconsolidated, shallow snow.
Plus, if I continued on to the summit, I would be crippled for days, by the pain in my legs.
You know, that hinge at the top of your quads that takes the toll of clumping too much...

So, I decided to 'top out' at the open meadow. By the sign.
I continued on up the road. It was warming up now.
The trees that were loaded up with the wet snow, started branchalanching.
Loud WHOMPS thundered through the woods as the trees shed the weight. I could hear branches snapping. It was gorgeous!

Back on the main road
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After about two hours of clumping, I made it to the open meadow just below the TH.
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Luckily, the ski back was fast.
I was afraid I would have to clump my way back to the Jeep.
But the snow let me slide and glide on down the road.
Even out of my skin track in the fresh was fast.
By the time I got back, most of the snow by the Jeep had melted.
But I was able to stick to some shaded spots and made it back without having to take off my skis.

Nice and muddy for the drive back from all the melted snow.

Views of the Sacrament Valley on the way out.
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I didn't think it would snow this much.
South Yolla Bolly is a great place to ski.
But as with any mountain in the Mendocino National Forest, you gotta get there early in the day.
I decided too late on Tuesday to drive up the day before. So I opted for a day trip this time.
Left my house, here in the Napa Valley, on Wed. at 5am (too late).
Foggy conditions in Lake County made for slow driving.
It took me 5 hours to drive to 5800 on SYB. 4.5 hours on the way back.

9.5 hours of driving for a 3 hour ski tour. It was totally worth it!
:D
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Just under 200 miles from my house - one way.
SYB is 2 hours from Corning.
15-20 minutes driving west on the A9 (Corning Rd.) from Corning.
Just before Paskenta, turn right onto Lowery Rd.
SMOOTH gravel road. Hulla fun to put it into 4x4 and drift the corners!
30 minutes of Lowrey brings you to Colyear Springs Rd.
Turn left.
This is an excellent road. Very smooth.
1.5 hours of Colyear and your at 5800'. This is where one can typically drive to this time of year.
Then it's about 5 miles to the summit.
You'll have better luck if you drive up the day before and car camp where you can skin/ski right from the vehicle.

This is the time of year to go to SYB (South Yolla Bolly)
The gate @ 4000' closes Dec. 1st.
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Re: Coastal Crest Snow Patrol

Postby Dodrill » Wed Oct 31, 2012 5:31 am

Awesome! We'll have to get up there with you this year!
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Re: Coastal Crest Snow Patrol

Postby splitclimber » Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:19 am

here are some pics of Hull Mountain a couple years ago on a perfect day with smooth corn and a long run back to the truck.

Hull Yeah!!

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