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The San Juan Swagitude Thread

Postby glickster » Mon Dec 17, 2012 6:22 am

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Swagitude

Well I guess I'll start it off here after two excellent days on McM. No doubt some kiteophiles (Jones are you there?) have been out around SW Colorado for months already but we haven't heard from you yet. Just now getting an actual base around Silverton though. The Putney anemometer http://snowstudies.org/NRTData/PTSP_1HR_WIND.HTM seems to be working great. There's also wind data this year from Senator Beck across the highway. I haven't kited over there but we must. All the CSAS sites report wind in m/sec which is close enough to 1/2 of knots.

Anyway...McMillan. Good to go. Still some grass and rock outcrops to help with the flat light.
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Today Matt and George and I kited over to US Basin and back.

Molas might have enough? Anybody wanna check it out?

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Re: The San Juan Swagitude Thread

Postby matthepp » Mon Dec 17, 2012 5:11 pm

First day up on McMillon was great. I am worked over after trying to keep up with glickster for a day...
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Re: The San Juan Swagitude Thread

Postby waynepjh » Fri Dec 21, 2012 4:24 am

Nice work you guys that place looks sweeeeeeet! :thumb:

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Re: The San Juan Swagitude Thread

Postby glickster » Fri Dec 21, 2012 5:59 am

Two more reports coming in.

Lemon has good coverage and an all time low water level for big bank boosting.
Lizard Head Pass has enough snow to cross the creek most places.

Right on Wayne...we'll be up in January.

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Re: The San Juan Swagitude Thread

Postby matthepp » Mon Jan 07, 2013 5:45 pm

1:6:13
Reconnoitering day on Molas: plenty of good snow coverage, but barely a breath of wind. Nonetheless it was good to see folks out. Forrest got his new Summit in the sky. Thanks Glickster for the tow!
On the way home, Parker, George, and I got lucky on Crystal Lake. A few inches of soft pow over fast ice made for great jumping with nice steady south winds.

Also, Lizard Head has a nice ride-able wind slab bridging the rotten sugar below.
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Re: The San Juan Swagitude Thread

Postby glickster » Fri Jan 11, 2013 6:02 am

Max near Denver Basin above Animas Forks. We also went out to Mineral Point. The juicy SW wind filled in pretty well. Much untapped potential.
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Re: The San Juan Swagitude Thread

Postby matthepp » Sat Jan 12, 2013 3:56 am

While Max and Glickster were tearing up Denver Basin, George, myself, and a few others were trying to make flukey Lizard Head winds work. I did manage to learn how to shoot a few GoPro vids and pics. Here's a few clips edited on Windows Movie Maker before it crashed (forever).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhnR3Gm_CoY

A few days earlier, a passer-by caught me out with blue skies and steady north winds.
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Re: The San Juan Swagitude Thread

Postby matthepp » Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:33 pm

McMillan served up a sickbird day 1-27-13. Blue skies, warm temps, SSW winds 10-25, 16" of freshness. I'm learning what not-to-do with a gopro. I got fogged footage of Glickster's fresh tracks down the Putney Pipeline. Hopefully he has some good shots of it. Here's a video still of the goods:
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Re: The San Juan Swagitude Thread

Postby glickster » Tue Jan 29, 2013 2:18 am

Yeah wicked! Didn't take many. Too busy. Here's one of Hepp in the Tube. Had to call it 'cause my elbow was cramping so much I snagged my kite in the krumholtz on the knob below. Hepp comes by with a "Holidays are over! No tree decorating!"
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Re: The San Juan Swagitude Thread

Postby matthepp » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:28 pm

Parker and I snuck out yesterday afternoon to the Mac for light but steady upslope west winds. Snow conditions are still great. Not quite enough juice to venture over into US Basin on the right side of the snapshot.
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