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Title: May 30-June 1, 2014 Royal B: Johnson & Deception
Post by: tyreid on 06/02/14, 02:20 PM
Skied the NW Couloir on Mt. Johnson in The Needles which caught my eye three years ago from the Hurricane Ridge to Deer Park Traverse. Going off a distant grainy photo I wasn't sure what to expect, but what I found was an amazing 1200' couloir that starts right next to the summit block. A couple short downclimbs were required but it shouldn't take much more snow for the line to go cleanly.

Also skied the NE Chute on Mt. Deception along with some other skiers from Seattle and Portland which was not in the best of shape. Monster garbage runnel right down the middle but possible to keep skis on top to bottom. Good turns for the rest of the face below the chute.

Royal Basin is melting out fast but there's still skiing to be had. Trail is relatively snow free to the Lower Meadow.

More photos and info here (http://www.pacificalpineguides.com/mt-johnson-nw-couloir-mt-deception-ne-chute-ski-descents).


Title: Re: May 30-June 1, 2014 Royal B: Johnson & Deception
Post by: runcle on 06/02/14, 02:28 PM
Way to go! Another one to knock off your bucket list!


Title: Re: May 30-June 1, 2014 Royal B: Johnson & Deception
Post by: chmnyboy on 06/02/14, 02:30 PM
Good find for that line on Johnson! I've never thought about descents on that side of the needles.


Title: Re: May 30-June 1, 2014 Royal B: Johnson & Deception
Post by: tabski on 06/02/14, 04:48 PM
Distant grainy photos rule.


Title: Re: May 30-June 1, 2014 Royal B: Johnson & Deception
Post by: danpeck on 06/02/14, 11:01 PM
woah!  Nice work!

are the huge avy debris fields up to Royal Basin passable now?  Or does the trail work around them?  I tried to navigate those about three years ago and haven't been back since.

I have to say I'm very envious of your trip. 

That place is amazing... thanks for sharing, inspiring, and paving the way.




Title: Re: May 30-June 1, 2014 Royal B: Johnson & Deception
Post by: Stefan on 06/03/14, 09:10 AM
now that is impressive.

so your approach was to go to the col between Clark and Johnson, ski down into the basin NE side and then ascend the old glacier and then your couloir and then come down it?


Title: Re: May 30-June 1, 2014 Royal B: Johnson & Deception
Post by: tyreid on 06/03/14, 11:41 AM
Thanks you guys for the nice comments.

Dan- The approach is melted out to the Lower Meadow so travel is casual. Early season approaches can definitely be a battle when those paths are snow/debris covered.

Stefan- exactly.


Title: Re: May 30-June 1, 2014 Royal B: Johnson & Deception
Post by: Salal on 06/03/14, 12:33 PM
That line on johnson has been burned in my brain ever since I was out near maiden/elk and saw it. Nice eye!


Title: Re: May 30-June 1, 2014 Royal B: Johnson & Deception
Post by: chieftaffy on 06/03/14, 05:24 PM
Nice trip Ty - thanks


Title: Re: May 30-June 1, 2014 Royal B: Johnson & Deception
Post by: jdclimber on 06/04/14, 07:13 PM
Nice meeting you Tyler!
Fun weekend to take the skis for a walk.


Title: Re: May 30-June 1, 2014 Royal B: Johnson & Deception
Post by: skykilo on 06/05/14, 09:22 AM
Johnson looks awesome.


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