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Well, I'm going to contribute a brilliant segue back into the actual topic of this thread. When weather conditions override the usefulness of GPS, maps, or compasses, spending a night on the mountain can be made comfortable by having the right mountain attire. Wearing the correct clothing, and carrying ample spare clothing can prevent extreme discomfort or hypothermic danger when the unexpected happens.
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I agree with most of what you guys are stating. You should go into the back country as well prepared as possible with the right clothing and "tools" to respond to a worse case scenario. GPS is only one of those tools. It is not a cure all item and should not give anyone a false sense of security. We were able to avoid spending the night outside because a guy we were with was able to get us back to the well marked trail which we could follow very slowly to the parking lot. I trusted his judgement and agreed with his decision at that time. The only other time I have been in white out conditions was in the Snowies and we decided not to ride that day after the wind kicked up. We were only a mile of two from the lodge on the trail when we turned around and bailed on the day. It was a hard decision to make after driving 1000 miles to get there, but it was the right one.

Back to clothing, I am usually dressed well enough to spend the night outside if I had to. One of the best, most experienced, mountain riders I know actually rides in sweat pants and a wind breaker, no helmet, most of the time. I give him shit about it all of the time. I always tell him I am not spooning with him if we get stuck out for the night, lol. He should be joing us in Rabbit Ears for a day or two so you may get a chance to meet him. We call him Sled Ed and he has been riding the mountains since he was a kid and he is now in his mid 40's, another old guy.
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he is now in his mid 40's, another old guy.
I didn't know AARP was sponsoring our ride?
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Other than my son Taylor, you may be the pup on this trip Cuzz.
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Other than my son Taylor, you may be the pup on this trip Cuzz.
Jay is 38 or so? I don't think he is over 40. We can have a competition = 40+ vs. 40-
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My money is on Sled Ed. I'll volunteer him to represent the over 40 crowd. You representing the under 40 crowd? I just wish winter would hurry up and get here.
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Since when did 40 ish become old?
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I didn't know AARP was sponsoring our ride?

So if we get a discount at the hotel, you are not interested? Probably discounted meals also but you have to eat dinner at 4:30pm.
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Since when did 40 ish become old?
It isn't old... it was just only place to split the two groups. If Sled Ed was 39 and Jay was 38... it would have been 39+ vs. 38-

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My money is on Sled Ed. I'll volunteer him to represent the over 40 crowd. You representing the under 40 crowd? I just wish winter would hurry up and get here.
Nope, it will be a group conglomerate.
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^^^ LMAO ........ All joking aside, I forgot about hotel / restaurant discounts, I need to get wife to hurry on sending my card.....
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So if we get a discount at the hotel, you are not interested? Probably discounted meals also but you have to eat dinner at 4:30pm.
Too bad there won't be a McDonald's or diner nearby. We could all go there for coffee at 5:30am and complain about life.

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^^^ LMAO ........ All joking aside, I forgot about hotel / restaurant discounts, I need to get wife to hurry on sending my card.....
NICE! If there are any group buys for the over 50 crowd you can hook us up.
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Back to the original topic, my attire is already listed so I'm not repeating it, however I am testing out a different type of fleece wear, now if it would just get cold and stay there. Anyway fleece is an inexpensive brand called Rockies Wear. Pretty comfortable, and way affordable.
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Since when did 40 ish become old?
Hell, 40 is not old. I am just joking. You are only as old as you feel. I am 46 but have the attitude of a 25 year old, at least that is what I keep telling myslef. Hell, I only get up once in the middle of the night to take a piss and the joint cramps aren't that bad, and I only eat prunes twice a week, and I have no idea how those Viagra brochures wound up on my desk. I can still party like a rock star though!
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Oh this isn't looking good if you're only 46 ..... I was hoping for 50ish......
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Actually I feel real good at 46. I need to drop a couple of pounds and start excerising again before the season get here though. I can hold my own but have gotten a little more conservative when riding the past couple of years. I think that is more driven by not wanting to ruin a trip by wrecking my sled after driving anywhere from 7 to 17 hours to get there. Ahh, with age comes wisdom.
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Actually I feel real good at 46. I need to drop a couple of pounds and start excerising again before the season get here though. I can hold my own but have gotten a little more conservative when riding the past couple of years. I think that is more driven by not wanting to ruin a trip by wrecking my sled after driving anywhere from 7 to 17 hours to get there. Ahh, with age comes wisdom.
X2 ...... the shit I used to try seems a little pointless now.

I think of the joke of the old bull and the young bull.
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After my dumbass before we even left the parking lot of the Snowy Mountain Lodge... I'll be taking it easy and thinking a bit more before I attempt anything... at least to start out.
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OH ... that right, you got thrown in the parking lot last year didn't you?

Don't feel bad, mine wasn't in parking lot, but damn close. Worse yet the sled ran over me, all because I missed seeing a mogul in the trail.
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OH ... that right, you got thrown in the parking lot last year didn't you?

Don't feel bad, mine wasn't in parking lot, but damn close. Worse yet the sled ran over me, all because I missed seeing a mogul in the trail.
I was riding on the trail down the side of the road to give Andy a ride back to his sled. He had to back up about 1/4 mile or more so I was messing around, jumping down onto the road and then going back up. I went to jump back up and didn't realize the 6' wall was solid. I went up, the sled went to the left and rolled over bending my handlebars.
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Yeah, you got thrown in the parking lot.
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We have all been there. It sucks to damage or wreck your sled but what is worse is the amount of time and effort spent trying to get back together when you are away from home base. How many hours did you waste fucking with those bars between running back into Laramie and getting parts from Chris at Mountain Meadow? I guess what could be worse is having to go to the hospital also. Only on one trip did I have to deal with that (not me but someone else). He had to sit the rest of the three day trip out in the hotel room while we rode due to a broken ankle.

Bottom line is that we are there to have fun and coome home safe and in one piece. I do not take as many risks as I used to. My son, who is 20, I have to reel in sometimes. He is still "invincible." Especially when Dad is paying the bills.
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Yeah those "field fixes" are always the ones that are the most fun ....... cold, miles into the backcountry, broken sled ....... ah does it get any better.

Andy I'm with you on the reeling in ..... I set when the stupid shit starts and roll camera. Sooner or later, "that moment" is going to occur. I want it recorded somehow......lol.
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Vert, you film from one angle and I will film from the other. When the magic moment happens we are bound to capture it.
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LMAO ...... that's a deal.

Funny thing is, I enjoy watching a good rider attempt something stupid almost as much as riding ...... almost.

Watching a bad rider try it is fun too ..........
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I bought a Colorado 400T GPS for this winter.

i find that the ole man has a habit of finding water every time we go out sledding, and like last year in the UP trying to find that bowl (never did) would have been so much easier if i had plotted the coordinates into the GPS.

live and learn.... BTW i always have a compass on me. just in case the GPS fails.
You better have those coordinates this year.....
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