One of my favorite spots on Mt. Rainier. I love views you get, but the early Summer skiing can be really fun too. Super long cruisers on the Russell Glacier, that can take you down to Seattle Park, along with short steeper shots on the Flett. It takes a little work to get into this zone, that starts at the Mowich Lake CG, but well worth the work. If you do wander for a ski or just a hike, be sure to NOT forget that good camera and bring a head lamp (to catch a sweet sunset). Sweet sunset shot to the left was captured by Tara Simpson & below is a VERY nice edit, that Carl Simpson banged out from their recent July eye candy and soft sun cup adventure.
Our friend Russell Cunningham, of Karakoram – high performance splitboard bindings, just sent over his chopped up raw video of their recent descent on the North face of Mt. Adams. The target was the NW Ridge, a super long and steep descent made even longer with the firm conditions they found this past July 7th. The vid is long, so if you are doing some house chores, like I was a bit ago, this video will get the adrenaline going as you are folding a basket of laundry or doing some dishes, etc. Thanks for the share Russell!
A little edit of a BIG pre 4th of July trip South to Mt. Adams, with Tim Black, Adam Roberts and Jason Hummel (be sure to friend his facebook page, Jason Hummel Photography, to keep a visual pulse on his adventures from ski to bike, whitewater and more!).
photo credit/ Jason Hummel Photography – pond skimmer/ Adam Roberts. Below is Tim Black’s sweet edit of their July 1st – 3rd, 2014 Mt Adams adventure.
Short little 4th of July edit from the Alpine Lakes Wilderness area, accessed from right here on Snoqualmie Pass, WA. The original plan was to head South for Rainier, but with the weather not looking so grand, I chose to put the time in on a hiking trail rather than behind a windshield. About an hour and a half after pulling out of Hyak, I was clicking in for a nice ski towards Rampart Lakes. I had figured the sun cups would be gnarly by now (based on a short vid I had just seen from Mt. Baker’s Artist Point with HUGE sun cups), but I was wrong as my skis sliced through the “hand” sized, soft sun cups. The first half of the day was full of sunshine, later the clouds blew in quickly and posed a threat.
However, not a drop of rain fell, the clouds backed off and the evening fun began. “O’er the ramparts we watch’d were so gallantly streaming, and the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air”, gave proof that all my Hyak friends were down there… Below “Rampart Ridge”. Live to FREEdomski another day! 238 years old.
Super fun “Paradise” blend of goodness, that took place earlier this week, just prior to the 4th! So stoked to have the freedom to enjoy such beautiful moments with friends in real time or in “Reel” Camera time at later date. If you happen to be in the Sunday chill mode, kind of like me right now, then click play for an added boost to get out and enjoy the remainder of the day! BTW, there is a nice looking window of weather for you mid-week volcano skiers, GET IT! Edit below and pic about by Jeff Rich!!!
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!