Colfax Peak South Couloir (and perfect corn on the Easton) 2.17.15


T-Bott dropping in. Photo by T-Cup


IMG_2933IMG_2956 It felt great to finally get out and accomplish something a little spicier for a change.  You can drive easily to the trailhead right now.  We chose to wear shoes on the intermittent firm snow to the meadows which ended up being very efficient.  Most of the group was tired from too much skiing already so we started at a leisurely hour and moved at a leisurely pace.  As a result, we dropped into the couloir later than we should have. Colfax is a fun little summit and the visibility was as good as it gets.  We could see from St. Helens into Canada and the San Juan Islands were easily identifiable. New snow over rain crust  and strong solar effects made for some significant wet sloughs in the chute.  In addition to starting a little late, 5 people is a bit awkward for steep skiing.  It is difficult to keep everyone in safe zones and makes for a lot of waiting.  We found ourselves baking in a solar oven getting pelted by falling rime for much longer than I would have liked.  Despite the inefficiency, the couloir was filled in enough (10 ft. wide at the choke) and the bergschrund was filled completely.  It was a fun little ski mountaineering objective and not all that steep.  We skinned back up to our uptrack on the Easton and skied about 1k’ of inconsistent but softened snow which transitioned into the best 3k’ corn run of my life! We were all skiing together at high speed slashing berms and airing off rollers while the sun reflected off the Puget Sound.  Balance restored to the universe.

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Winchester Lookout Powder Party: 12/30-31/14

Sun. Powder. Fireball. Repeat.

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Heliotrope 11.29.14

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Another bitterly cold day on Mt. Baker.  Perfect powder, blue sky, new friends, old friends, whiskey, and a twilight hike out in the winter wonderland. Perfect day.










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Ruth Mt. Ski: 11/11/14

Very windy and cold but some decent packed powder.  We transitioned to ski boots just before Hannegan Pass. Click HD

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Mt. Rainier: Fuhrer Finger Redux, April 31- May 1 2014


luxury bivy at the castle


au-dessus le doight


zee summit! sacre bleu.


highest bathroom in the state


der himmelschralp

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It’s Always Sunny In Washington





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Oregon Multisport

Bad weather forced us south and east and into rock shoes.  A few days of climbing at Smith Rock and beers in Bend while we waited for things to clear out.  Some mellow consolation skiing on the Hoodwand on the way home.

Food highlights: Bacon chocolate cake at Deschutes Brewery, beers in the Soaking Pool at McMennamins, giant baked potatoes in Timberline Lodge waiting out the snowstorm.

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