Skinning! Aaah, we speak the same language.
You're closer to good snow than I though, especially for AT.
I'm hoping to get back in to the backcountry of the Sierra more this winter again; last winter didn't get much. No ice, or mixed/rock climbing either last winter. Wah.
Which Birthday Party? I'm a huge fan. I'm that guy who insists it's still Nick Cave's best work, especially the last two e.p.s and of course live. Get the live in Berlin album if you don't have it. Terrifyingly good.
Sad that two fifths of that band are now dead.
I adore Tracy Pew's bass playing, and Rowland Howard is one of the great guitarists of all time I think. Check out his post-BP bands if you're interested.