There are some troops heading out this morning, to go check out the goods that have fallen on Mt. Rainier over the past few days. Can’t wait to hear/see what they find a little later today up on the Muir Snowfield, hoping it’s much better than our “Skinnin’ from Paradise” trip, this past Tuesday. You may have seen Carl’s video, which he banged out the following day, but here are a few more cameras from that day all mashed up into a “Take 2″ version.
For all of you PNW “year round” skiers that want a little peek at the conditions prior to the last small system the just rolled through WA… Here’s a solo day Carl Simpson logged this past 10/11/15 up out the Paradise Parking lot.
The Simpsons logged another month of year round skiing, this past October 5th, 2015. As you can see from the pic, along with the video below, Winter can’t come soon enough! Think snow and in the meantime, get a ticket for tomorrow’s TGR show at the Neptune Theatre… Get ‘em quickly as the late show is now sold out leaving only the 6:30 PM showing with tickets for general admission!>
Last Saturday (9/12/15) Sting, Adam Roberts and myself all loaded up to head for the Paradise parking lot in the Mount Rainier National Park, in hopes of finding some of the prior storms snow remaining. Well, as we came out of Stevens canyon and got our first glance of Rainier, we were instantly bummed, to see almost all brown (dirty glaciers) in the zone we were shooting for that day. But, it always great to be in the mountains, was what I was saying, on lucky #13 years of month to month skiing for me!?! The weather was excellent and the first 40 or so ski turns were fun and mellow, but that lucky # 13 got me! As we hit the dirty glacial ice (which you will see in the vid below), I was in survival ski mode but ended up hitting a patch of mud that stopped my skis and I piled drove my shoulder into the ice! Bam!! As I sit here typing this post, I’m thinking about my bros who are driving up to Paradise right now, to get the 6 to 10 inches (I’m guessing) that sits up in the Camp Muir zone. I could have gone, but with the shoulder still swollen and throbbing, I felt the risk of another weird fall too high. Live to Ski Another Day, and I wonder about that damn number 13 (maybe I should have thought 156 months)!
Here’s a POV Andy Traslin put together of a trip he, Carl Simpson and Jeff Rich made down to Mt. Adams this past 2015 Spring sesh.
A little pre-season powder stoke from Adam Roberts made up of some sweet clips from this past season’s trip to Hokkaido, Japan. You may have seen one of Jeff Rich’s 3 edits from their epic trip where they nailed some stellar snow conditions!
During this past storm cycle, young Alex Ropka got some of the goods just prior to getting his drivers’s license… What a month for Alex, knowing how amped I was waiting for my 16th birthday, so I could start a new level of freedom. However, his anticipation was broken up by a bunch of September snowfall on Mt. Rainier, so he and his ski partner and dad, Ben Ropka made thier way up to the Paradise parking lot to get some freshies!
This past Thursday (9/3/15), Jeff Rich, Chris Farias, Steph & Zack Jessel, and Tara & Carl Simpson headed for Mt. Rainier’s Paradise parking lot to make the long slog up to Camp Muir, where they found this season’s first fresh SNOW! It paid off, as you will see in the video below, finding the dirty suncups blanketed with a layer of white magic! Glad to see some freshies hitting the Cascades early this month, as last month’s ski day was very grim. Some of our higher ski areas have received a little dusting as well, during this recent storm, making me think I should load up for a Labor Day ski day on Rainier too! Remember, PNW skiers, we don’t want a repeat of last year, so think SNOW not Super Bowl show.
Below is Carl Simpson’s edit of Thursday along with some clips of his solo ski yesterday. Enjoy the first snow vid of the new season!
⭐⭐⭐⭐️⭐️(5 of 5) Trail run/climb from Esmeralda TH (trail head) to Mt. Stuart Summit. To get there from Seattle take I-90 East just past Cle Elum, get off at Exit 85. Cross over freeway heading East on SR 970 for about 10 minutes, then turn (left) onto Teanaway Rd and follow until the pavement ends, taking the right fork which is still Teanaway Rd. (fs road 9737). Take the dirt road to the very end which puts you at the Esmeralda TH.
The run/hike starts out on the Esmeralda trail for .3 miles, then you will come up on the Longs Pass/Ingalls Lake junction (to the right), the trail will climb a total of 2,000′ to Longs Pass (1.4 miles after you leave the Esmeralda trail, you will hit the junction for Longs Pass, to the right). It will be and excellent grade for another 1.2 miles topping out at the Pass. Note, the grade is excellent to run, but for this adventure I recommend saving your energy. From Longs Pass you will run 1,500′ (1.4 miles) down to Ingalls Creek. This is where you will want to hydrate and fill up with at least 64 ounces of water. Then, run down stream for apx 1/2 mile keeping an eye out for the Mt. Stuart climbing trail to the left (it can easily be missed). Once on the trail, get ready for the calf popping steepness for 4,615′ to the Summit. The climbers’ trail will lead you to the Cascadian Couloir which is a fairly steep grade, made a little tougher with all of the sand mixed in with the scree and rock. Once you top out on the ridge you will be just below the false summit, and be careful if there are others above you as the rock is quite loose. Once on the false summit it is a fairly easy get, that includes a little scrambling, to reach the summit.
As you see from the pic above, Jeff Rich and I sucked in a lot of smoke from all of the current Washington state fires, when we started our adventure and hit Longs Pass, we could see Mt. Stuart clearly. By the time we did the long descent down from Mt. Stuart to Ingalls Creek and back up to Longs Pass, you could only get a blurry view of our recent summit. I am praying for the 3 lost fire fighters and that the 1000+ brave men and women currently fighting the battle, can the devastating fires of Eastern Washington under control. (more pics on our fb page).
Pretty grim ski this past August 3rd, 2015, in regards to snow on Mt. Rainier. We all were shocked how much had melted in one months time. That being said, we made the best of the ski part of our epic day with friends and YO YO skied a nice patch of soft suncups. However, in my view the best part of the day was moving in the mountains with great friends, then getting a little bbq action in at the parking lot. The sunset rolling home, by “Sunrise” wasn’t too bad either! Remember friends, life is short enjoy every minute, and always remember “Live to Ski Another Day!”
Above Andy Traslin enjoying some juicy watermelon while Silas Wild washes down the great day with our favorite Brew… Dru Bru!