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Title: 12/18, Morgan (street) couloir, West Seattle range
Post by: Pete A on 12/19/08, 08:25 AM
I've been eyeing this line for years, but so rarely is this range in shape to ski...a steep, icey descent from the heights of west seattle to sea level....I was glad I had kept my 195cm K2 Extremes...their 65mm waist for ideal for such a technical, no-falls allowed ski.

The approach was long...about 50 ft from my front door...and the occational car sliding sideways downhill added to the objective hazards I would face...fortunately the avalanche conditions were safe...I tried to dig a pit, but the tap test didn't work well with 2" of compact snow over asphalt. 

The descent went all too fast, but I did manage five laps after work before the daylight faded and I skied for home.

Footage of the first descent here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5P17hOFJgE)

Unforunately Becky is still recovering from hand surgery due to a car vs. bike commuter accident so she couldn't ski with me...but she was willing to be the videographer on the walk to the grocery store.


Title: Re: 12/18, Morgan (street) couloir, West Seattle range
Post by: ron j on 12/19/08, 08:46 AM
Clearly a classic, Pete.
My hat's always off to those that nail first descents  :)

Becky - hope that hand heals quickly.


Title: Re: 12/18, Morgan (street) couloir, West Seattle range
Post by: Scotsman on 12/19/08, 09:04 AM
Very Nice. did you dig a pit?


Title: Re: 12/18, Morgan (street) couloir, West Seattle range
Post by: telemack on 12/19/08, 09:07 AM
Not much base, but plenty of local wildlife.


Title: Re: 12/18, Morgan (street) couloir, West Seattle range
Post by: Pete A on 12/19/08, 09:08 AM
i tried to dig a pit but i couldn't get past the asphalt layer though to see how well it was bonded to the dirt underneath.


Title: Re: 12/18, Morgan (street) couloir, West Seattle range
Post by: curmudgeon on 12/19/08, 09:16 AM
DAMN! Another stash revealed!


Title: Re: 12/18, Morgan (street) couloir, West Seattle range
Post by: Jim_Clement on 12/19/08, 09:47 AM
Shhhhh - the Baker folk will want to come down and track it out. You might also want to try my street - 39th- into Morgan, West Seattle's Crooked Couloir.


Title: Re: 12/18, Morgan (street) couloir, West Seattle range
Post by: Marcus on 12/19/08, 11:12 AM
Very nice.  I scoped out a pretty sweet line down first avenue towards Northgate, but KC Metro contributed too much objective danger...

Love the vid.


Title: Re: 12/18, Morgan (street) couloir, West Seattle range
Post by: Robie on 12/19/08, 12:03 PM
Wow that's a tough line. i skied that area exrtensively for years.Our hut used to be on 39th between Grahmn and Raymond. Nice terrain ! Raymond from 35th west aspect  might be the steepest.


Title: Re: 12/18, Morgan (street) couloir, West Seattle range
Post by: Merk on 12/19/08, 12:15 PM
Sweet line and very inspirational!  That's definately the 'you fall you die' type of terrain.  Good on ya!


Title: Re: 12/18, Morgan (street) couloir, West Seattle r
Post by: Matt C on 12/19/08, 04:02 PM
Sick turns Pete!


Title: Re: 12/18, Morgan (street) couloir, West Seattle r
Post by: Headplantbill on 12/19/08, 06:57 PM
We've been skiing the back side of this range today.... myrtle street!

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=121039020056 (http://putURLhere)



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