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Title: June 27-30, 2016- Adams & Hood
Post by: Jonathan_S. on 07/01/16, 11:02 AM
Some beta from the last four days.

First, Adams:[LIST]
  • Skinning starts just a little bit above the intersection of the South Climb & RMT.
  • Winter Route has three portages (one short, two trivially so), plus lots of bumpy snow from all the hikers, so Summer Route might not be any less efficient now.
  • South Climb in very good skinning & skiing conditions thanks to the Thursday snow.
  • Summit cone/ramp/whatever was even good, thanks to the recent snow plus also very warm temps.
  • SW Chutes were nearly perfect.
  • The return to Lunch Counter from ~7,800' requires only one short portage and one trivially short portage, and otherwise skinning all the way.[/LIST]

    Second, Hood:
    [LIST]
  • Snowdome first few hundred vertical still has somewhat heavy snow from the Thursday storm, then really nice after that.
  • Lots of little cracks going across the Eliot Glacier if taking the approach from the Gnarl Ridge trail (i.e., as opposed to cross the river down low).
  • Have to hike just a minute or two from the Timberline parking lot to reach the snow.
  • I went up only to the Hogsback but saw numerous climbers and apparently also skiers descending from the summit surprisingly late in the day w/o dying.
  • Prior wet slides on West Crater Rim and Illumination Saddle.
  • Zigzag is super sweet![/LIST]

    Full TRs here:
    https://www.facebook.com/NERandoRaceSeries/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1176991422342103[/url]
    [url]https://www.facebook.com/NERandoRaceSeries/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1178164188891493


    A few random pictures...

    Partner in SW Chutes:


    (https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13567007_1176991589008753_8732440906644116247_n.jpg?oh=68fb184e80810f6d3e8217a4edb8a41e&oe=57EE3E9A)



    Skinning on up to approach the Eliot:


    (https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13495012_1176991692342076_2802528992958597432_n.jpg?oh=46a0235af9f168aff88f0e90a35c4693&oe=58363470)



    Watch out for those cracks starting to open up:


    (https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13524389_1176991715675407_5187948295044983285_n.jpg?oh=47b0ee7b5bb75db1ff543c2597c00be8&oe=57FCB2DD)



    Skiing:


    (https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13507256_1176991825675396_8823270727182430601_n.jpg?oh=9ae3964116b70f7f03387aa6dd1b6c70&oe=57F2C298)



    More of the same:


    (https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13532976_1176991859008726_2706487768783946270_n.jpg?oh=25e5d42bdc487e258932450589b86f32&oe=57E96D3D)



    Partner doing the same:


    (https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13524479_1176991932342052_4591152119765342759_n.jpg?oh=04bec3a6fc9535257b9285625c60a741&oe=57FACD25)



    Zigzag low-angle happiness (screen grab from silly video greeting for our daughter):


    (https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13521920_1178164218891490_7258296574474300510_n.jpg?oh=4b43a69ff8f838ced566164f057d7ac5&oe=5807BF8C)


  • Title: Re: June 27-30, 2016- Adams & Hood
    Post by: Zap on 07/01/16, 05:04 PM
    Great photos and comments on your Facebook link.  ;)


    Title: Re: June 27-30, 2016- Adams & Hood
    Post by: KLW on 07/01/16, 08:42 PM
    I was going to post a quick Adams update but since you've already started this thread... Not much has changed in the last couple days :)  Everything was still in great shape for me today. Skied off the summit right about noon and the occasional cloud cover kept the Chutes corn from top to bottom. Didn't see another skier on the mountain but "Climbing" season seems to have officially begun. Watching the couple try out their trash bag "glissading shorts" off the summit was quite entertaining. I don't think the dude's wife was expecting to pick up that much speed that fast. Sorry, no pics. I couldn't get my phone out fast enough.

    If anyone is contemplating hiking out the RTM I'll just add that I skied to within 450 yards of the trail (according to my GPS). The hike out on the RTM was 87.624% snow free and was easily done in a pair of light runners. (According to me)



    Title: Re: June 27-30, 2016- Adams & Hood
    Post by: dfhkvs on 07/02/16, 09:09 AM
    KLW, did you ski SW chutes down to RTM and then back to cold springs on that trail? I usually (earlier in the season) ski SW chutes to 7000', and then traverse back on snow. I was wondering if, in later season (now), one can just keep skiing down SW aspect until you hit the trail. Sounds like that is what you did?

    Dave.


    Title: Re: June 27-30, 2016- Adams & Hood
    Post by: Jonathan_S. on 07/04/16, 04:55 PM
    Quote from: dfhkvs on 07/02/16, 09:09 AM
    KLW, did you ski SW chutes down to RTM and then back to cold springs on that trail? I usually (earlier in the season) ski SW chutes to 7000', and then traverse back on snow. I was wondering if, in later season (now), one can just keep skiing down SW aspect until you hit the trail. Sounds like that is what you did?

    Dave.


    Although that's not what I did this time, in general, yes, you can ski pretty close down to the RMT.
    (But of course slightly less close with each additional passing day.)
    Just watch out for undermining of the final snow fingers, as they're following a drainage.
    Once you do have to resort to downhiking, I usually like to cut left somewhat, as the terrain is a bit steep, but especially further left you're on some nice pine needles with shade.


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