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by matthepp
Wed May 02, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions
Replies: 310
Views: 55648

Re: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions

Nate,
I've got to get over to that part of the state in the next few weeks for work and always love to try a session at another spot, maybe Hoosier or whatever you recommend. I'll send you a note when I know my schedule.
Matt
by matthepp
Wed May 02, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions
Replies: 310
Views: 55648

Re: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions

Hey Nate, nice report, that looks amazing! I'm been up there gravity skiing only. Isn't a lot of that ridge unfortunately Vasquez Peak Designated Wilderness Area?
by matthepp
Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions
Replies: 310
Views: 55648

Re: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions

Hey Nate,
All the lower elevation stuff is gone. Lizard Head is down to grass at 10,200 ft. Probably got to go way high to 12k but I'll bet it's good up there. I haven't heard progress from the San Juan County plowing but Ouray County has a few jeep roads plowed up over 11k.
by matthepp
Wed Apr 11, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: Climbing harness on the water
Replies: 18
Views: 4391

Re: Climbing harness on the water

Me too. I snowkite full time in a climbing harness and take a climbing harness for short water kite trips as it packs smaller. Maybe the new gen kite harnesses are better but most older kite harnesses are still rudimentary. Granted, I've been hanging in a climbing harness for decades so I'm used to ...
by matthepp
Wed Apr 11, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions
Replies: 310
Views: 55648

Re: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions

Looks good Nate! Maybe more snow coming Friday
by matthepp
Mon Mar 26, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions
Replies: 310
Views: 55648

Re: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions

It's still good on RMP above 11k, and the snow is starting to go away below that. Bare grass south slopes YIKES. Here's a shot "in the tube" coming down the Putney Pipeline.
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by matthepp
Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:00 pm
Forum: Kitesurfing
Topic: best foil kite for gusty conditions
Replies: 28
Views: 3490

Re: best foil kite for gusty conditions

Hey edt, You may be over this thread but anyhow, I have seen guys use the smaller access kites with reasonable success in some pretty lousy wind conditions. It seems the 6 and 8 are useful tools especially on rowdy survival days. I just can't tolerate foils in junk wind but they will say it's my fly...
by matthepp
Mon Feb 26, 2018 6:58 am
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions
Replies: 310
Views: 55648

Re: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions

Strong west on MacMillan too. FINALLY there's enough coverage that isn't total boilerplate. Not perfect, but the basins have enough soft bits to enjoy. Beautiful up there with all the white smoke ripping off the ridges.
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by matthepp
Sat Feb 24, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions
Replies: 310
Views: 55648

Re: Kite-o-rado Snowkite Conditions

Tommy, I'll be up there today for sunset
by matthepp
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: Snow / Land
Topic: WMFG Pump issue?
Replies: 5
Views: 1335

Re: WMFG Pump issue?

I too love my WMFG pump and use mostly pump up kites. I always switch to my lone foil kite when it's below zero F (and only then). Torn too many valves, etc when it's cold.

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