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Title: April 12-13, 2014, Sloan Peak redux
Post by: Kenji on 04/15/14, 04:28 PM
The last trip to Sloan in January was a day to explore the approach and the potential.  The day was short and the snow was shallow.  This time, David/Sally/Radka/me headed back there as an overnight trip.  MLP is now open and FS4096 was snow-free to the last switch back.  The Bedal trail is already bare for the first one mile then skin all the way.  We magically avoided swhacking all together by staying well left of the creek going up to the basin below the Bedal-Sloan saddle.  It was such a relief to stay among old growth trees compared to the rather technical ski-swacking last time.

After setting up a camp at the saddle and some rest, we skied the north shoulder for a late afternoon run.  The snow was very firm everywhere except the West aspect, the view however was fantastic in all direction.  Radka and I stayed for the gorgeous sunset, but lousy ski down to the camp.  The sky was clear and the Moon was nearly full for great night scenes.  However, the temperature dropped far more than we had expected, and were pretty cold all night.

The Sunday was sunny but the snow stayed firm on NE slopes all day, skiing yielded just 1/8~1/4" edge penetration.  After a slow AM start and a extra nap on the N ridge, we managed to get to the East slope which was warm enough by the morning sun for great corn snow for a 2000' run.  There were many more lines to explore if we had more time, maybe next year or so...

It is just a wonderful place to be on a sunny weekend w/ good friends; spectacular views and endless ski lines to explore.  More pix here (https://www.flickr.com/photos/kenjikawai/sets/72157643985502694)

night scenery from the saddle:
[img width=1000]https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7063/13865148413_bee04aea3a_b.jpg[/img]

Skiing on East slope:
[img width=1000 height=666]https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7431/13865186393_0e08aa307f_b.jpg[/img]

[img width=1000]https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2892/13865535724_e54bf6bfca_b.jpg[/img]


Title: Re: April 12-13, 2014, Sloan Peak redux
Post by: savegondor on 04/15/14, 04:40 PM
i was thinking of this for the 12th but was afraid of traffic needing to use the mountain loop to get to darrington.  is this still the case?  how was the drive?


Title: Re: April 12-13, 2014, Sloan Peak redux
Post by: Kenji on 04/15/14, 04:53 PM
That was also our main concern and I called the FS in Verlot and was told they are no longer discouraging non-rescue traffic.  It is now used mostly by some locals taking the shorter route.  But they did warn us of the bad road condition.  Driving was actually fine, and didn't see any traffic except cars parked at the Barlow Pass lot.


Title: Re: April 12-13, 2014, Sloan Peak redux
Post by: radka on 04/16/14, 08:27 AM
I have a totally unreasonable amount of pictures from this trip.


Bedal:

(http://radkaandchris.smugmug.com/Skiing/2014/Sloan-Peak-April-12-13/i-7BnWt5m/0/XL/DSC_1404-Edit-XL.jpg)

Evening clouds over Del Campo (?):

[img width=1000 height=663]http://radkaandchris.smugmug.com/Skiing/2014/Sloan-Peak-April-12-13/i-Gmqkns8/1/XL/DSC_1437-Edit-XL.jpg[/img]

Almost full moon above Sloan glacier:

(http://radkaandchris.smugmug.com/Skiing/2014/Sloan-Peak-April-12-13/i-x9b9Ks4/0/XL/DSC_1447-L.jpg)

Moonburst above Sloan:

[img width=1000 height=667]http://radkaandchris.smugmug.com/Skiing/2014/Sloan-Peak-April-12-13/i-bnM76PZ/0/XL/DSC_1467-Edit-L.jpg[/img]


[img width=1000 height=667]http://radkaandchris.smugmug.com/Skiing/2014/Sloan-Peak-April-12-13/i-ncCJFH6/0/XL/DSC_1531-Edit-L.jpg[/img]


[img width=1000 height=667]http://radkaandchris.smugmug.com/Skiing/2014/Sloan-Peak-April-12-13/i-zqkvShS/1/XL/DSC_1547-Edit-L.jpg[/img]



Lines:

[img width=1000 height=667]http://radkaandchris.smugmug.com/Skiing/2014/Sloan-Peak-April-12-13/i-zphwVnB/2/XL/DSC_1577-Edit-L.jpg[/img]


[img width=1000 height=667]http://radkaandchris.smugmug.com/Skiing/2014/Sloan-Peak-April-12-13/i-KGvwCTS/2/XL/DSC_1585-Edit-L.jpg[/img]

[img width=1000 height=667]http://radkaandchris.smugmug.com/Skiing/2014/Sloan-Peak-April-12-13/i-mVV92jP/1/XL/DSC_1592-Edit-L.jpg[/img]


[img width=1000 height=667]http://radkaandchris.smugmug.com/Skiing/2014/Sloan-Peak-April-12-13/i-PrHK3CN/0/XL/DSC_1603-Edit-XL.jpg[/img]



More pics here: http://radkaandchris.smugmug.com/Skiing/2014/Sloan-Peak-April-12-13


Title: Re: April 12-13, 2014, Sloan Peak redux
Post by: ErikT on 04/16/14, 08:48 AM
stunning pictures! The moonrise / sunset images are awesome!


Title: Re: April 12-13, 2014, Sloan Peak redux
Post by: radka on 04/16/14, 08:58 AM
Thank you, Erik!


Title: Re: April 12-13, 2014, Sloan Peak redux
Post by: z-bo on 04/16/14, 09:07 AM
very cool.  been wanting to get out there for years


Title: Re: April 12-13, 2014, Sloan Peak redux
Post by: savegondor on 04/16/14, 11:06 AM
that moon is nearly bright enough to make night corn possible  :)


Title: Re: April 12-13, 2014, Sloan Peak redux
Post by: JimD on 04/16/14, 01:26 PM
Thanks for the psych, I've been thinking of hitting that area too. Great pics!!


Title: Re: April 12-13, 2014, Sloan Peak redux
Post by: danpeck on 04/16/14, 03:12 PM
Rad.


Title: Re: April 12-13, 2014, Sloan Peak redux
Post by: kneel turner on 04/16/14, 10:43 PM
Wow, great photos.
Almost Full Moon Above Sloan speaks to me.


Title: Re: April 12-13, 2014, Sloan Peak redux
Post by: Kenji on 04/17/14, 11:59 AM
I guess another pic won't hurt, just to show how exhausted we were after a late morning start and a short uphill, or maybe just being laid-back literally  ;D

[img width=800]https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7250/13865177563_4909fc516e_b.jpg[/img]


Title: Re: April 12-13, 2014, Sloan Peak redux
Post by: tabski on 04/17/14, 07:01 PM
Motivaspirational!


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