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09
Nov


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Heading for Muir on 11/4/15


Chopped up a few other cameras of video taken last Wednesday during the “2015 Muir Vertfest”. Click the video below for a look at conditions just prior to this last system, which even landed a little snow on Snoqualmie Pass! Think Snow!



Below is another look at last week’s day on Rainier


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Ben Starky, Saign Charlestein and Rowan Stewart making their way up through Paradise!


This last weather system, along with this past season, was too much for a couple hundred PNW “ski skinners” to NOT call it a SIC day. I met up with Adam to get a 9AM start to the day, but as we were driving into the Park we got word the gate wouldn’t open until 10AM (I would have liked that extra hour of sleep, starting my day from Snoqualmie Pass ;-) ). As we stood around the parking lot chatting and catching up with friends, we were amazed to see car after car roll into the lot, all with the same thing in mind (or kind of the same idea)… Ride fresh snow!


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A little catching up as we waited for the gate to open on 11/4/15

Once the gate opened, the charge uphill was on, and felt like it was a Vertfest event! The skiing was great and the sun was blazing down, until we left the snowfields, where a wall of thick fog meet us for the entire journey back to Paradise. Later that night as we were all eating dinner, I’d heard from another friend, who came out after sunset, that a lot of people were still on the mountain. YIKES, hope they had headlamps!



Below is a recap of this week, seen through the lens of Carl Simpson


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Silas Wild brought a sweet little cake for our Oct. 27th ski day bbq

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.


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26
Oct

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.

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Tara Simpson making her way up a dirty glacier on Mt. Rainier / photo credit Carl Simpson - 10/05/2015

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!>


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Sep
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Marmot hanging by the trail getting lots of attention from all of the tourist, Superstar! Photo credit / TNT - 9/12/2015

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)!


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18
Sep

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.

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17
Sep

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!


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12
Sep

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!


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Sep
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Rainiers at Rainier's Camp Muir with Zack Jessel, Steph Jessel and Jeff Rich. Photo credit / Carl Simpson - 9/3/2015



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!

 

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