codytownsend Post 11: As we approached the couloir, two things became apparent. First, the massive size of it, as demonstrated by @joshdaiek hiking up in the lowest part of the frame, and two, the couloir had taken an absolute beating by the sun. This was the moment the doubt began to creep up on the excitement of this being one of the most impressive couloirs in the Rubies outside of Terminal Cancer. #chasingarumor 12h

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codytownsend Post 10: With a couple thou of skinning underneath us and another two and a half ahead of us, the day's objective began to show itself. I honestly was surprised we were even to this point as we completely lucked out on guessing where the hell to go in the dark after only seeing the line the evening before for about 15 minutes. Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good. #chasingarumor 13h
  •   andfee we're headed out to the ruby's tomorrow to ski tc and explore! looks like it's getting well below freezing at night; is the snow still pretty good?? hope you don't track everything out! 13h
  •   codytownsend @andfee rad! North facing is still not bad, everything else is pretty screwed. TC has a lot of tracks in it by now but will still be a blast I'm sure. 13h
  •   jarednoceti @andfee so are we. See ya out there! Hopefully Josh and Cody left us some:) 13h
  •   liacisneros71 Quiero estar ahí, es hermoso. Se ve full frío pero hermoso 1h

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codytownsend Post 9: #chasingarumor. Those early starts sure make for some damn pretty mornings in the mountains though. @joshdaiek making his way up from the valley floor as the sun begins to show itself. 14h

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codytownsend Post 8: #chasingarumor Early starts equal early returns. The day started at 3:00 am. With unseasonably warm temps across the west, our only hope for a safe and successful mission was to beat the heat and travel under the dark of the early morning hours. 15h

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codytownsend Post 7: ....#chasingarumor... the top out. After getting through two cruxes, some nasty hollow faceted snow and a few moments of really nice climbing, the top out feels damn good. I'm starting to find that the going up can sometimes...(emphasis on sometimes)... be as fun as the down. @joshdaiek leading the last push. 1d

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codytownsend Post 6: The stare up is half excitement, half nervous anticipation. Not knowing what snow conditions are gonna be like, if the two cruxes go through or if a rappel or something mountaineer-y is mandatory makes half the fun of skiing new stuff. @joshdaiek and I spotted this couloir from a long long ways off yesterday. Today was the day to go check it out for real. #chasingarumor 1d

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codytownsend Post 5: Yesterday's reward. While it wasn't exactly what we were looking for, this 1200' long beaut was plastered with creamy, delicious pow and made for one heck of a tandem shred with @joshdaiek. Took the stairs up, rode the elevator down. #chasingarumor 2d

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codytownsend Post 4: We looked up and down the valley but couldn't seem to find what was supposed to be there. From the opposing peak, all we noticed was one little slough pile down near the creek bed among a wall of cliffs, shrubs and Bristlecone Pines. It was our first hope at a tasty new, vertical walled coulee in the Ruby's not named Terminal Camcer, so we decided there was only one way to find out if our hunch was true...by going straight up the gut of the 1200' long couloir. @joshdaiek leading the charge. #chasingarumor 2d

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codytownsend Post 3: #chasingarumor We left the trailhead at 6:00 am and it was only at 11:30 am when we got our first peek at the massive zone that we're guessing holds some "Terminal Cancer-esque" couloirs. The massive amount of bushwacking, solar aspect dodging and route finding made for a downright exhausting day. The motivational quote of the day ended up being, "If it was easy, everyone would be doing it." 2d

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codytownsend Post 2: The raison d'etre behind #chasingarumor is this line. The infamous "Terminal Cancer" in the Ruby Mountains of Nevada. It's one of the most aesthetic couloirs I've ever seen and skied. 6 years ago, after skiing it with @jeremyjones, some guy on a snowmobile rolled up to us and said, "That? Oh yeah, there are many more of those out there." Having never seen a photo, blog post or any other word of what else is out there, @joshdaiek and I are headed out on an adventure to sled, skin, hike, climb and ski our way around the Ruby mountains until we find out if what the guy on the snowmobile said is true. Tomorrow, the mission truly starts. We'll be posting as much as we can while out here but more than likely will tell the story as it has unfolded. Follow @joshdaiek, photographer @nicalegre and the hashtag #chasingarumor to see the story as it unfolds. We start in the dark tomorrow. 3d

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codytownsend Post 1: The road is calling. Out to the middle of nowhere to chase down a rumor I heard many many years ago. To follow the story while it develops, follow @joshdaiek @elysesaugstad & @nicalegre along with the hashtag #chasingarumor. The adventure begins.
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codytownsend ...and then the sun came out...and we we're doing the exact same thing...trenching some pow. #wheretherockiesbegin @newmexicotrue : @jimmy_chin 5d

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codytownsend Well, this is a pretty good feeling. #wheretherockiesbegin #myprivateskiarea 6d

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codytownsend Grande Montañas above, the Rio Grande below. #wheretherockiesbegin 6d

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codytownsend Hoping that posting photos of ridiculously deep pow is like skiing ridiculously deep pow....meaning, it never gets old. Man, we really couldn't have timed our trip to New Mexico any better. Right time. Right place. Right people. What it's all about. : The legendary @jimmy_chin #wheretherockiesbegin 7d

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codytownsend This is very literally, #wheretherockiesbegin. The Sangre De Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains jutting straight up out of the desert. 1w

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codytownsend What do you think of when you think of New Mexico? I'm willing to bet that most of you wouldn't associate New Mex with deep, cold, smokey, blower pow. If you don't, you should, cause damn have the last few days been eye opening...or blinding in the case of moments like this above. : @jxnfigs #wheretherockiesbegin #newmexicotrue 1w

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codytownsend Had to put on the haz-mat suit for the nuclear pow day at @skitaos today. Cold, smokey, absolutely blower pow a stone's throw away from the desert. New Mexico rules. #wheretherockiesbegin #newmexicotrue 1w

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codytownsend After four days of madness under a roof of fluorescent lighting, it's gonna be nice to be back in the quiet of the mountains. Off to New Mexico with a pretty legendary crew. 2w

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