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    Nice tour around the echo lake area today with Jeff M. ,
    Getting my gear ready , Spliffs with custom modified Receptor binding with heel binding by Bill on the forum which doubles as a telemark cable receptor for the uphill , and Line FF pro toe clip that doubles as a heel elevator for the uphill , G3 climbing skins ..
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    Jeff getting his boards ready , Sherpas with Spruce backcountry system with Ambition bindings..
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    On the climb to Becker ridge ...
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    From the ridge we skiied down this wide open corn snow slope and then climbed back up...
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    Unfortunately I did not get any pictures of the crux of the descent , we descended the steep trees below Becker peak to the lake
    The descent was the most difficult riding we had done all year , very difficult to ski breakable crust ,, I was planning on getting some video but we both were just concentrating on getting down in one piece , luckily we made it to the lake , even made some passable turns , ! The slope drops through the trees just at the edge of the open slope on the mountain on the left of the photo above the lake

    After a nice lunch on the frozen lake , it is time to head out
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    Along the way we pass the Summer Chalet , that is covered with snow to the roof line ..
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    Cabins are covered with snow along the road out
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    Very nice quiet trip , exciting and challenging as well !
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    Rockered Condors- SBOL Modified Sims Cipher Snowboard Bindings
    Rockered Condors - Backcountry modified RVL8 Receptor Binding -
    Spliffs -Backcountry modified RVL8 Receptor binding
    Spruce Osprey - Center Mounted with Spruce Backcountry riser/ Ambition AT binding
    Spruce Sherpa - Rear Mounted with Spruce Backcountry riser/ Fritschi AT binding

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    Full Tilt Booters
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    That looks like a pretty good day! How many miles do you guestimate it was all together? How long did it take you to get back to the car? I'm surprised those cabins can survive these kind of winters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shortydude View Post
    That looks like a pretty good day! How many miles do you guestimate it was all together? How long did it take you to get back to the car? I'm surprised those cabins can survive these kind of winters.
    It was about 4.5 miles round trip including the ski descents and climbs, we started out around 800am , had lunch at the lake and were back to the car around 115 pm , so a half day trip,
    yes the cabins are built sturdy and have survived many winters , lots of the cabins were built circa 1920's to 1930's .
    Echo lake is a cool place both summer and winters ....

    Here is a nice group photo album of the lake and area around the lake in both summer and winter...
    https://www.flickr.com/groups/echolake-ca/pool/
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    Blunt Xls -SBOL Modified GNU Rear Entry Snowboard Bindings
    Rockered Condors- SBOL Modified Sims Cipher Snowboard Bindings
    Rockered Condors - Backcountry modified RVL8 Receptor Binding -
    Spliffs -Backcountry modified RVL8 Receptor binding
    Spruce Osprey - Center Mounted with Spruce Backcountry riser/ Ambition AT binding
    Spruce Sherpa - Rear Mounted with Spruce Backcountry riser/ Fritschi AT binding

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    Full Tilt Booters
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    What a beautiful playground! Those pics lift my soul.

    I really need to move to Reno.
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