Quick look at conditions East of the Cascade Crest, over in the Teanaway Valley. This is to be today’s target as well, however we were held up a little with a gear mishap, so I though I’d post up this edit really quickly while I wait for the gang to roll over Snoqualmie Pass. Oh, BTW, Happy Mother’s Day, Mom and all you awesome mothers out there!
This past Saturday (5/2/15) Jeff Rich, Carl Simpson, Andy Traslin, and Rowen Stewart all set out for Mt. Rainier’s Little Tahoma (via the Sunrise entrance). As you will see in the video, Carl and Jeff hit it perfectly, once again! Below are a few words from Jeff along with his sweet edit of the day.
Andy Traslin and I had been discussing skiing Rainier as soon as we had warm enough temps and soft conditions. With little in the way of high condition reports, I held off. A young ambitious whipper snapper split boarder, that goes by the name of Rowan Stewart, contacted me about doing a traverse from Paradise- Little Tahoma- and exiting via the Fryingpan. Some how I was able to convince the talented little knuckle dragger into just going up the Fryingpan and back out the same entrance. With an opportunity to scout conditions, it was time to call Traslin… and of course my Right Hand Man, Carl Simpson, who is always down to slay and lives 30 minutes from our destination of play. Here is the short vid of what We found.
photo credit / Carl Simpson, video credit / Jeff Rich
Tara and Carl Simpson have been taking full advantage of the prime “post season” conditions this past week, logging lots of miles on their whip along with miles and miles of volcano vert. Carl’s edit/photo are from this past Monday (4/27/15).
I spent some time on the phone with a friend the other day, who was asking where to get the “closest from car”, good, ski touring right now. My answer was head to the Paradise parking lot in the Mt. Rainier National Park, and take a walk towards the Muir Snowfield, or many other close, fun lines. Below is a short edit from Carl Simpson’s day on Mt Rainier this past Thursday (4/30/15). Photo credit / Carl Simpson.
TNT's tracks front & center from Steamboat Prow down Inter Glacier
Mt. Rainier National Park has confirmed that the White River Rd. to the White River Campground (elevation 4300′) opens tomorrow, May 1st at 8am. The road provides access to the Glacier Basin Trail (at the far end of the campground) and Glacier Basin camp ( apx. 5900′ & 3.5 mi from the trailhead). From there, see our earlier post on skiing Glacier Basin, Interglacier, Mt. Ruth. – The campground itself is not pegged to open until later on June 26th. The Cougar Rock and Ohanapecosh campgrounds are scheduled to open earlier on May 22nd. The road to Sunrise will open on June 5th. Check back for updates.
I really don’t need to mention how bummed I have been this season, not being able to skin off the deck to get a quick 1K of skiing on Mt. Hyak, before the start of any day. That being said, I do feel blessed to be able to drive to a number of trail heads, or Alpental’s parking lot with in 10 to 20 minutes that give access to skiable terrain after a 30 to 45 minute boot pack (4,500′, on average, seems to be to magic number to start skinning). The video below was taken yesterday (4/26/15)
This is an event I’d like to attend in the future, Tailgate Alaska, which is held on Thompson Pass (just outside Valdez). Below is a sweet recap of the event through the lens of ”Expeditionary Film School of Alaska”, along with some instruction from Sky Rondenet. Below are a few words from the folks at the Expeditionary Film School of Alaska along with the sweet video the students put together of the event.
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Here’s a sweet one our bro Adam Roberts sent over from this past April 16th, 2015. Conditions were superb for day that would include the Shuksan Headwall and then a climb back up for an epic run down the Northwest Couloir. Adam got some really nice time lapse shots in this video along with some great shots of Russell Cunningham rocking his Karakoram splitboard set up.
This past April 12th, 2015, Frank Sosa and I headed up into the Snoqualmie Pass “Know Snow Zone” in search for some decent descents… Without too much pain for the pleasure. Bingo, finally great skiing from top of local peak which took apx 1.5 hrs from the time we departed the Hyak, WA parking lot. However, things have change quite a bit since then, as the Southern slopesthat were skiable just a week ago are already bare. Getting ready to order some running shoes for up here on Snoqualmie Pass, along with get the mini van ready for the upcoming road trips.
Here’s a little look at the amazing skiing found recently by Tara & Carl Simpson, Jeff Rich, Zack Jessel and so many more ,throughout this sweet compilation of powder dayz this April (2015). With the early opening of Chinook Pass this year and late, cold storms, the timing was right for some great skiing, from the car! Grab the cup of joe and click play before you get out to start your day!
skier / Zack Jessel, photo and video credit / Carl Simpson