Monday, November 16, 2015

Cold November Ski Touring at Royal Gorge

Near Lyle's Lookout with Castle Peak in the distance. On the grassy forest roads the touring is good, with 8" of fresh light snow on a consolidated but fracturing melt-freeze base.  Off trail is super iffy, with lots of unmarked but to be expected obstacles.

Summer and fall wind storms have brought down a handful of trees across the trail. A good nudge by the groomer might be enough to clear these out of the way on Killie's Cruise above "The Guillotine" , but a chain saw would be better.

Too many grapefruit sized rocks close to the surface for safe descent on skis, not to mention the gully and dip at the bottom of the slope which could harbor dragons at speed. Diane chooses to hike down this stretch instead.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fall Photos from Lake Tahoe region

Fall 2015 snapshots from around Lake Tahoe

Out shooting with the big lense just past the full moon. Look at the detail around the shadow edge! This was shot with mirror up, timed release out in the front yard.

Earlier that evening I was trying to capture sunset light, and then without much success, I was tearing down the gear when these clouds appeared...

On a stormy November afternoon on the east shore of Lake Tahoe looking at what's left of secrect Cove with the low lake level.

Cedar tree in afternoon light along the trail.

Near chimney beach this small stream spills out into Lake Tahoe

Looking north west from Chiney Beach

First day this season on Skis at Royal Gorge before formal opening.  4"-8" of unconsolidated snow over leaves and pine needles.  melt freeze crust close to the ground with some really light snow in the shade and significant surface hoar growth in areas open to the night sky.  Will need to keep an eye on this layer as it gets buried this weekend with another foot of fresh snow.  All this BEFORE Thanksgiving. Wow!