Euroman's 2017 Journey to Backcountry Ski-safari-athon II

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Euroman's 2017 Journey to Backcountry Ski-safari-athon II

Superheroes Euroman and Grover are off on another journey to save lives protect the innocent and search for true love. They head back to their western home for a brief stay and perhaps special meeting, then moved into uncharted Montana powder where they will rondure with the Ant before heading to Golden for Amiskwi III

Prelog…. Euroman spent the week prior with TM training on heavy Equipment something he is not very good at. They are at a wildlife sanctuary on Cape Cod using equipment to pull out evasive tree growth, blacktop and old foundations trying to return area to pristine state. Euroman was 1 of 10 students learning to use skid steers and excavators. Euroman is better with a chainsaw. On last day Euroman was using skid to load big logs into dump truck, instructor told Euroman to give it full throttle, Euroman knew this was not a good idea, the skid was way to bouncy and Euroman had not master sensitive controls. He usually hit the forward speed level to hard which cause machine to lurch causing EUROMAN to hit the bucket levelers which caused the machine to lurch even more it would bounce back and forth nearing flipping before settle down. With 30 mins to go Euroman hit a small bump the skid bounce hard, Euroman sent bucket zooming upward which put the machine way out of balance, as it bounces forward it just kept going, flipping over suspending Euroman in air held in only by seatbelt. Most embarrassing.

Wednesday, Jan. 18th 2017
Euroman and Grover were up early to pack Euro and make final preparations. Alboulder and Athena stopped by to say goodbye. The Euro pulled out at 10:30. Good progress was reaching Ohio before stopping for night at traditional Pilot truck stop.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Rain and fog most of morning than rain most of day. As Euroman pulled away from Pilot water poor in from moonroof a leak Euroman thought he had fixed several times. Later in day check engine light came on, never concerns to Grover. Stopped for 4-mile speed hike at a state park in Iowa. Spent night again at Pilot truck stop.

Friday, January 20th, 2017
On road by 5:00. Easy driving watching Lonesome Dove driving through Ogallala. Euroman push towards Jackson. He knows there is no overnight parking anywhere in town so he plans to stop hour or so south. They found a spot at a very active propane distribution depot.

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Cold night. Euroman woke at 4:00 with slight headache decided to head out and get into Jackson early to take care of housekeeping matters. Road had patchy slick spots Euroman took note and proceeded with caution. The evil demons are everywhere. After 2,400 miles and only an hour out from their official home the forces of darkness struck. Euroman & Grover were caught off guard by what appeared to be a roadside lone wolf attacker in a surprise predawn maneuver. The initially attack inflicted critical damage to the Euro. The Superheroes knew they needed to quickly get back in the fight and dealt their own blow which propelled the attacker 20’ in the air, believing the threat was still not eliminated they re-engaged with another blow from the Euro this one sent the attacker to meet the 70 virgins. Determining the scene was safe and free of other enemy combatants they got out to survey the damaged. The Euro was severely wounded but still operational. They waited for authorities to remove the body and slowly continued their mission. The CCM ‘17 Backcountry SkiSafari-athon shall not be stopped by the forces of darkness. All seemed well enough with Euro except missing driver side headlight and turn signal, all the front grill, dented quarter panel that made opening door difficult and hood would not open. He made a stop at first open gas station, clerk said headlight was a little dim. Euroman total him there was no headlight. Made Jackson by 7:00. Picked up mail, always an exciting time. Not being in the best state of mind Euroman decided he needed to get to the powder as soon as possible. Up to the pass, Euroman wondered why the pass was near empty, suited up skinned to his favorite powder stash, he was not disappointed. Took half a run to get powder legs back. Tried from travel and altitude he still wanted another run which was better than first. Enough for day 1. Down to town get room at Mo6. Over to Brewery for Sammie & nachos with Grover.

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Up way early again. Microwave eggs and tea. After long thought the team decided to go back to the pass. Before heading out they could open hood of Euro, no real probably Euroman in chaos of day forgot to pull inside hood release leveler. Euroman was disappointed in the selection of the pass. 3 runs, excellent powder. Powder + trees - people = great day. Euroman and Grover have decided to come up with their own rating scale for backcountry skiing. It takes into account quality and quantity of powder, terrain, tree quality, ambiance, weather. They will call it EGBCS, 0 being the worse (if you have skis on it can't be a 0), 10 the ultimate (never been achieved). Eastern BC usually can never get above a 3, British Columbia might be the only place to get a 10. To be a 10 you need to be in a pristine location, covered in powder and laughing all the way down. Area and run selection are critical to getting a 10, you may have super powder but no fun factor, IE open bowl-gully trap. A great day starts at a 8. Today was 8.2 On 2nd run they came upon a guide group of what appeared to be new backcountry skiers, they all had new gear, with airbag packs. As one younger guy skinned by Euroman he had not clip his toe piece into skin mode, hence ski kept coming off, Euroman offered suggestion on to fix, it was not well received. After the 3rd run Euroman was exhausted, he hates altitude. When he pulled out of parking area the low coolant like went on, before leaving on trip he had leaky coolant parts replaced, he wondered was this old problem not fixed or collision related. He also discovered washer spray was not working. He did spray insulation foam into all areas around moonroof to hopefully spot that leak. Euroman had date with local paper editor at 6:30. It was a bit strange, interesting conversation but she kept telling Euroman she would try to find him a female backcountry skier.

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Monday, Jan. 23rd Restless

Monday, Jan. 23rd
Restless night. Mic Eggs and Tea. First order of business, renew WY. Driver lic. This along with vehicle registration can be stressful depending on clerk, Euroman showed up as door opened to DMV at 8. No need to rush, he was the only one. He started filling out renewal application as clerk called him up. Clerk had same B-day as Euroman, this helped, he looks Euroman up in computer says Euroman is missing another doc showing his ID. After some back and forth he accepts a paystub Euroman has from Department of Interior from wildland fire days. Clerk as if his address had changed, which is his ups box, clerk does not realize it is not a physical address and Euroman is not offer that information, next is eye test, Euroman says he has one contact in for reading, clerk doesn’t care just read screen. Euroman has to struggle a bit but clerk says he past, Euroman finds this hard to believe. Takes several photos, for lic., Euroman is hoping they this over with before clerk questions address. Short time later it done. The team is undecided on ski objective, they final pick Black tail north of town across for park. It has trees and open slopes. Euroman headed in as snow was falling it didn’t take long for him to realize the conditions where not that good, 3-4 ft of powder covered by breakable crust. It was everywhere in trees and open slope. He aborted, just not worth the effort. Instead decided to pickup supplies and work on Euro. He had some luck fixing windshield washer at least got to spray some water on window, next removed what was left of turn signal to get at bulb which was not normal type, he ended up taking assembly to car parts store to have them identify it. He will need to come up with some method to strap it back in place because mount brackets are broke. Now snowing heavily. Sammie time.

Tuesday, Jan. 24th
Euroman’s eggs froze overnight. Tea. Storm came in on schedule. Euroman packed, planned to ski the pass than drive north to ski around Bozeman. Euroman and Grover realized it would be good day when the chain law was put infect on the pass road. Chaining up is never fun but a good sign. The parking area was full since before sunrise. Euroman arrived about 10:30, waited 10 mins before spot opened, lots of skiers one and done on Glory. As Euroman got ready pass ski ambassador who he has known in years past asked Euroman who the chains were working, he also made comment about Euro’s make shift repairs. Euroman quickly skinned up to his favorite powder area knowing he have it to himself, he was right, 4 runs all perfect no one else no tracks just tons of powder, a day to remember. Point skis downhill blast through trees, hit huge snow mushrooms catch air and slam down into the soft snow which buffs up in a big cloud, so much fun. Euroman cautioned himself not to get zealous and plant himself in a tree. Sammie time. Nice 4-hour ride to Bozeman, except brief encounter with park who has no name. Mo6 for night…..

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Tea & Bagel. Attempted to fix front turn signal with new bulb, no good, need to look at wiring on dry day, Quick visit to REI to pickup map. Euroman and Grover heard a lot of big talk and hype about a certain Montana backcountry area called Hyalite canyon from cute Seattle girl they at clinic 2 years ago she said she was from Montana. Euroman and particularly Grover are easily influenced by cute females. They discovered it was just hype, in fact they no longer believe Seattle Girl was from Montana. They spent day skinning up, History Rock, a well traveled trail to reach a well skied slope, nice day out in a pleasant wilderness but not the quality BC skiing the team had hoped to encounter. Returned to Euro for traditional Sammie toasting Chief and Dennis. They decided the EGBCS rating system needed fine tuning, it will now consist of 2 parts. 1st component is powder rating, 1-5 whole numbers. 0 is no powder, 1 is machine made, 2 very wet or clumpy powder, 3 = 1 to 6 inches, 4 = 6 to 18, 5 = 18+ dry super light. 2nd component Backcountry experience. 1-5 whole. 0 is resort , for 5 you must see no one from top of run to bottom no tracks can exist beside you or your partner’s and be in a pristine area. Today 0/3.

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Mic eggs and tea, Euroman & Grover wanted to give Seattle Girl a second chance, Grover insist-ed. So they went back to venture further into the canyon. While it showed some promises, results were similar. They thought Blackmore peak was 3-4 mile skin, after 2 miles trail sign indicated it was still 5 miles 4,000 vert away, They eventually turned around at blackmore lake. Cover was better but to ski anything outside of well packed trail would take another 3 ft of snow. Back to Eu-ro for Sammie time. Mo6 for night. They were to have date with Bozeman girl, that fell through, confirmed date with another Bozeman girl for tomorrow night.