This video below of a hiker being extracted, by Snohomish Helicopter Rescue Team (HRT), from a cliff this past Monday (6/30/14), near the Alpental ski area, has a good outcome. However, seeing this really COOL video bothered me quite a bit, watching the guy being plucked in his walking/hiking gear from what seems to be about one pitch into a multi pitch 5.8 (or something) climb!?! When I hear or see a rescue like this one, I always think of one in particular, it was an incident in Little Cottonwood Canyon (SLC, UT) back in ‘98, where a guy was skiing out of bounds at Snowbird, then got caught in slide. I was driving home from Alta, as I passed the search and rescue command post, got home to Salt Lake City, the late news said they found him in the bc with a broken leg and a heli had been dispatched. I went to sleep, happy they found the guy, then woke the next morning to hear they all died on the flight out of Little Cottonwood. So tragic! So, that being said, watching the video below of the incident here on Snoqualmie Pass, and I am so stoked the guy was saved (minus his pack), but I have to ask (and I think the networks tried asking but the hiker had no comment), “What the HECK were you thinking!?!!!” We can all take a fall, down the stairs, skiing on a green dot run, or in the parking lot (all falls that have taken me by surprise), so please know your limits and always remember to “Live to ski another day!”
Finally put together an edit of the Silver Peak Solstice (June 21st) and the Trooper Dog Memorial Pond Skim (June 22nd). The weather was excellent and the company was even better, starting around noon on Saturday and all saying our “goodbyes ’til next time” around 6PM Sunday night. My guess is about 40 skiers total, showed up for the Solstice gathering (counting 29 peeps, including myself, as the sun was getting ready to set), and Sunday there were 10 of us hanging out at Lake Lillian. Super fun weekend and already looking forward to next year’s gatherings (however, next year the Trooper Dog Memorial Pond Skim will go down the first full weekend “day” of Summer; Saturday, June 27th, 2015… Be there! On a side note, the Solstice was a special day in my life this year as I said goodbye to the best friend I have ever known (Trooper Dog) and met a new one in Ben Starkey (Super cool cat, that my boy Trooper dog went right to as I released him at Sunset). You can see it in the video below, as Jeff Rich shouts out, ” He’s going for the CHUTE!” Trooper dog always had a nose for a badass, he wouldn’t let just anyone into his ski circle (after meeting Ben now, Troop would have liked him right away, as I would like to think his spirt was showing me ). Thanks so much to everyone that shared that moment with me. Live to ski another day, TNT.
above photo credit / Melissa Park – skiers / TNT and Trooper dog’s last run.
Tara and Carl Simpson weren’t able to join the Silver Solstice party last weekend, but at least they caught up with Hugh Gren for a sweet “Solstice Sunset @ Sunrise”. Along with the first sunset of Summer they also caught a couple laps off Dege (steep lines right from the scenic view parking lot). Be sure to check out the short video below, to help get you stoked for a relaxing holiday gettin’ up to come down! Photo credit/Carl Simpson – image/looking down on the Sunrise Lodge from Dege Peak.
Very nice edit Carl Simpson sent over of a trip from this past Wednesday, “across the street” from Mt. Rainier’s Paradise parking lot, up into the Tatoosh Range. Conditions were sun cupped but, Carl had also mentioned, being soft and easy to carve. Another cool note, was his good friend, Hugh Gren, was just featured in this super cool project Powder Magazine’s Julie Brown came up with, “Pay it Forward”. This project (I’m thinking) will most likely feature snowriders that do it with passion and style under the radar. How cool is it that Julie’s project kicked off with one of Carl Simpson’s Crystal bros, Hugh Gren !!! Yeah Hugh!
Below is a short video of Hugh rippin’ it up with Tara and Carl Simpson just two days ago ( 6/25/2014).
I you are close to the Central Cascade Crest this Friday night (6/27/14) and want to check out some kick ass hellbilly style music, then head for The Bindlestick. Please take note of a couple of things. First, The Bindlestick is located in the town of Snoqualmie which is just off the Western Cascade slopes (30 mins off the mountain from Snoqualmie Pass). Second, I wanted to mention, using the term “Hellbilly” style music, or I guess you could it “Cow punk” for the most part (due to the fast high energy output of most tracks), but to me, the “T-Bagging Bandits“, are mountain friends that shred the Cascades on boards by day and with instruments by night… Playing that sweet “mountain music”, when they aren’t riding the Cascade POW. BTW, (to me) their music is more country than most anything ever heard on today’s pop country radio!!! It’s surely no wonder why I really like backing our videos with their tracks, music is life and the T-Baggers’ reflect on our mountain lives (especially right here in the Cascades). Thanks guys for the great times in the past and the epic times to come!
Tara and Carl Simpson hit it right last week up on Mt. Rainier’s Muir Snowfield and Paradise Glacier. The storm that rolled through the PNW the last week of Spring provided 5,000′ of fresh, white corn, by the time the Simpsons made it up on the mountain June 18th and 19th. If you like super long GS glacier skiing and aren’t ready to hang the skis up yet, be sure to check out Carl’s edit below.
Pretty stoked that young Alex Ropka has just dropped his 2nd FRESH June edit. This latest adventure for Alex took place June 21, 2014 (Summer Solstice), out of Mt. Rainier’s “Sunrise” parking lot. This is a really cool location for even the non-skier in the group that wants to get a little exercise (or a lot), while surrounded by epic views. BTW, the Sunrise parking lot is the highest location you can drive a car in the Mt. Rainier National Park (6,400′). Starting to wonder if we might have a new PNW “year round skier” in the works? Nice job Alex!
I am so very stoked for this sweet video below. First, it’s a “GRADE A” ski/bio, class project by Jasper Gibson and some of his Western Washington University classmates. The Second reason, the short video features our friend Adam Roberts (A guy you most likely will not meet, unless you are deep in the mountains, or happen to catch him in a beautiful mountain parking lot. A parking lot he’s calling home right then and there). Third, the vid just makes me want to ski and live free! Thanks to Jasper, all of my non-skiing friends get a chance to meet the Adam, The Snow Troopers know. This video gives you an idea who that super cool cat is, rolling down a freeway near your BIG mountain zone, in the “Gypsy Wagon”. After you check out Jasper’s sweet edit, be sure to check out his fb page Jasper Gibson Photography.
If you are somewhat close, East or West of the Central Cascade Crest (aka Snoqualmie Pass) this upcoming weekend, then please join us Saturday at Silver Peak for Summer Solstice, then camp out at the bonfire or nearby. Wake up to the first full day of Summer and make your way to Rocky Run, take the short, hella steep walk up to Lake Lillian, by HIGH noon. This is where you will find the first annual (NON-organized) “Trooper Dog Memorial Pond Skim”. A beautiful place we have spent many special dayz, so I hope you can join me for another. Below is the first full day of Summer 2013, as seen through the eyes of a bunch of Snow Troopers (including Trooper Dog- oh yeah there was pond skimmin’ happening too…)
I think it was Adam Roberts, who first mentioned to me about doing a pond skim somewhere soon. As we all tossed it around a couple of weeks ago, I realized a bunch of us were already on Snoqualime Pass for Summer Solstice last year (then we did a tour the following day, since a lot of us were already around or close to the Pass). So, I thought we all could celebrate Summer Solstice 2014 together at Silver Peak, bonfire, camp, etc. Then on Sunday (June 22) everyone head up to Lake Lillian for a little high noon, Snow “Trooper Dog” Memorial Pond Skimmin’ (or a lot). Here’s a taste of some of the ponds I skimmed on the lake recently, along with a little close to home steep skiing. Joy O Meter, SUPER FUN! Hoping for a good SUNNY weather window this weekend to add to the Summer fun!
photo to left by me of a calendar make by my bro Carl Simpson of the first Summer sunset of ‘13.