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Title: August 22, 2008 Paradise Glacier freshies
Post by: telemack on 08/23/08, 10:19 AM
Seizing an open day for skiing, I posted for a partner and andyrew609 came through. 
His read of the telemetry at Muir gave us hope for something new.  Not knowing the access from Muir and assuming it was melted out since the most recent TRs and photos, we accessed the Paradise from Golden Gate and the old Ice Caves trail.  It was hard to spot good lines until some recent tracks beckoned. 
The glacier was not visible until we were below Cowlitz Rocks, but the snow cover was constant above about 7100'.  Far climber's right was a straightforward skin following the others' turns.  We traversed around the shrund after scouting a fall-line path for the way down, and hit the edge of Muir below Anvil.  The higher we got the more new snow appeared; from 8500' to 7300' or so were long swaths of 1-2" fresh crud, windblown in places, that we could link in the fall line.  A decent line skier's left of the big lower crevassed section should last another week or more, esp. with cooler weather.
Vis and temps were stellar, wildflowers grew everywhere in the meadows, and we had the entire area to ourselves. 
Fresh snow in August!   ;D
Andrew's pictures:    http://flickr.com/photos/9526143@N08/

Title: Re: August 22, 2008 Paradise Glacier freshies
Post by: ovrthhills on 08/24/08, 12:54 AM
Way to go Mac.  Glad to see you making the most of it before "back to school"

Title: Re: August 22, 2008 Paradise Glacier freshies
Post by: JimH on 08/24/08, 10:10 AM
Way to get it Andrew and Telemack.

I was looking at the Paradise glacier while grinding my way out of Stevens Canyon on my bike Friday. I was thinking that the two of you where getting a better ROI for your efforts (I had a while to contemplate this...).

Glad you found some good skiing. The mountain looked spectacular with the whitewash up high and the meadows were as lush and full of flowers as I can remember for August. It was a nice day to be out.

Title: Re: August 22, 2008 Paradise Glacier freshies
Post by: andyrew on 08/25/08, 04:50 PM
As telemack said, access onto the glacier appeared to involve steep, loose rock and/or bare glacier ice until we traversed NE updrainage to the cleaver that separates the Paradise from the lower Cowlitz.  If the snow tongue between the bare glacier and the cleaver melts, access by scrambling up the cleaver looks feasible and not too onerous.  Above that, the glacier is still in very skiable shape, although with some medium-large cracks showing, but easily avoidable.  It'd be fun to ski the steeper headwall earlier in the season.

Also, it appeared that the Wilson Glacier and the turtle (approach for the Kautz climbing route) are still in good shape.  Someone should go ski those.

It looks like the snow level is below 8k again.  Happy Augury!

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3261/2789903630_03e18bc160.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9526143@N08/2789903630/)
On the N side of Cowlitz Rock, view of lower Paradise Glacier.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3176/2789065035_683b0bb677.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9526143@N08/2789065035/)
Telemack shredding the fresh
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3144/2789076195_e2f468cc34.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9526143@N08/2789076195/)
Me skiing a steeper rollover

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