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.
First of all, HAPPY Father’s Day, to my dad and all you pops out there! Here’s a video from last Sunday (6/8/14) of a father and son outing to Pinnacle Peak in the Tatoosh. The self edit video features our 14 year old friend, Alex Ropka, gettin’ after the late Spring sun cups. The “long shots” are taken by Alex’s climbing partner / camera guy / father, Ben Ropka. Thanks for the fresh, young stoke, and always remember, “live to ski another day!”
Some of the SW Chutes were tagged by a bunch of Snow Troopers this past Wednesday (6/11). I knew the origianal plan for the crew was to head towards Rainier for the day ( I was to ski on Snoqualmie Pass), but with the small weather window looking a little bigger and better, the call was made to go for Adams. I hadn’t been down to Mt. Adams for a couple years, so I was stoked to hear part of the group was heading my way, to kick off this quick 30 hour adventure (which would produce about 20 minutes of sweet corn skiing on one of the best steep LONG sustained faces in the NW). I jumped in with Chris Olsen, Jeff Rich and Adam Roberts, around 7PM, as they rolled over Snoqualmie Pass for the scenic “4-5 hour” East route. David O’Donnell, Silas Wild, Zack Jessel, Tara and Carl Simpson rolled the West side, all to rendezvous at the Morrison Creek Campground. Waking with the sun, after about “4-5” hours of sleep, I was surprised to see the HUGE burn we were camped with in, that now produces a view of the Volcano from almost everywhere. Weather was perfect for a day on Adams, as you will see in Carl Simpson’s video below. Hit the Chutes, then half of us went for the easy out (back to Cold Springs CG) and the other half did the adventure BURN ski back towards Morrison Creek CG. The chutes are skiing very well right now and should be looking good for a bit longer. So, get after it, before the SUN does
Awesome weekend to be in the mountains, lots of sun and still a fair amount of snow to ski close to the Hyak home base. Silver Peak is also hanging in there, for all of you that want the quickest/easiest fix. Hopefully we will see you out at Silver Peak, June 21st, for our second annual celebration of the year’s longest day. Also, join me in a celebration of Trooper Dog… This was his home for 10 epic years, and at sunset I will start spreading his ashes from the “Silver Cirque”.
Having skied this past week+, maxing out around the 5′000′ elevation (and having a lot of fun with good conditions), it’s no wonder the fantastic skiing D.O.D., Tara and Carl Simpson found 4,000′ higher. Still good access for great skiing up and down the Cascades, so get it before those sweet “Late Spring” skinning approaches melt out.
Photo credit/Carl Simpson
Here’s a short ( June 2, 2014 ) visual update of the snow removal from Heather Meadows to Artist Point. The 3 man crew, running 2 dozers and 1 snowblower, were working their way up the switchback, just below Austin Pass. I ran into E.Beam and his new family member, Coco, a fine 2 1/2 year old rescue pup. I joined them for a quick lap on the Horn. Coco was beyond happy, out on her first ever ski adventure. After seeing Coco bomb down the mountain, I would have to say she is now hooked on skiing and her new life! The only bummer of the day for me, was somehow getting a perfectly BLURRY long shot of Coco’s first ever descent. The skiing was great June fun and it’s looking like a great start to this upcoming weekend. The sun cups are out there in the lower zones, but they still are soft and clean, so get it while it’s good!