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Rumford Whitecap

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Rumford Whitecap

Postby raisin'heel » Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:04 am

Went over yesterday afternoon to explore, nice base plus 6"- 10" pow except where needed most in the steep rocky section(s) where there is also water flow and washouts.......I explored alternate route on the way up and found a possible amazing detour tho it has sun exposure on steeper section and was somewhat crusted. Want to go back (probably today) and try to find connector to Black Mtn. (& ski area)..Must get going!
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Re: Rumford Whitecap

Postby raisin'heel » Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:14 am

[quote="raisin'heel" "Knowledge speaks but Wisdom listens." -Jimi Hendrix] Went over yesterday afternoon to explore, nice base plus 6"- 10" pow except where needed most in the steep rocky section(s) where there is also water flow and washouts.......I explored alternate route on the way up and found a possible amazing detour tho it has sun exposure on steeper section and was somewhat crusted. Want to go back (probably today) and try to find connector to Black Mtn. (& ski area)..Must get going! ....After climbing by veering West to the "Starr" trail and up past the height of land to (try to) find a better route to the west snowfields (not yet very successful), I began a traverse along west treeline of snowfields toward true summit and then toured around that windblown and icey peak to the east along top of SE snowfield to the NE faces that have various openings to ski down toward valley between R.W. and Black to the predetermined elevation of 1600' to 1700' to try to find the Black & White TR. and finally did. Proceeded to follow it back to "Red" (usual ski) trail that it joins at about 1750' elev. to run back down to the parking area (approx. 650' elev.) But in now "low light" and knowing the condition of the "gnarleys" I decided to go for the previously discovered "alternate" drop that worked out well, even by headlamp!
UPDATE: Fri. 3/14/14, after great fresh dump of mixed snow, went again to Black Mtn. of Maine after dropping a car at R. Whitecap trailhead (East Andover Rd., N. Rumford). For $15 got a few rides up the lift for some runs before bringing packs and skins to head to the summit of Black and the "Black and White" trail to ski down toward Rumford Whitecap 1,000' vert. to just beyond jct. w/ITS 82 snowmobile trail that runs between the two mtns. Put skins back on our fat Voile' non-patterned powder boards (Chargers/Drifters) to climb 460' and variable terrain across eastern side of R. Whitecap continuing on the B&W Tr. below the R.W. se snowfields to jct. with R.Whitecap "Red" tr. @ approx. 1750' elev. for the final 1,100' vert. downhill run to the trailhead and waiting vehicle. All untracked deep, dense powder and mostly dreamy except tough climbing and the challenge of bent over saplings the last 1/3 of final descent (that we kind of cleaned up and negotiated by headlamp). The two gnarley sections of the "Red" trail were totally covered and skied like piled up pillows....Memorable! (but don't leave the top of the lift at Black at 2:30 PM!) About 5 mi. and 5.5hrs. for us in those conditions (and conditioning?)
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