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Title: April 20, 2019, Black Peak S Face
Post by: aaasen on 04/22/19, 09:30 PM
Cloudy and very lightly snowing at Rainy Pass when we arrived around 7:30am. Started the day by locking my keys and backpack in my car. Fortunately all it takes to break into a 2004 Subaru is 5 minutes and a ski pole.

Breakable crust and avalanche debris on the descent to Lewis Lake. Cloud layer around 8-9k stuck around until noon or so giving us time to get up the S face before the sun really started to bake it. Some wind slab crowns 6-24" deep in the western gullies, but not in the eastern-most gully that we skied.

We tried scrambling up to the summit but turned around about 30ft away. The final bit to the summit had some precarious snow that we didn't want to trust without a rope.

Descent down the S face to Woody Creek had great corn, even on the lower slopes that had been baking for a while. Skinned up to Last Chance pass on miserable crust and avalanche debris, then had a nice descent to Maple Creek. Final descent to Rainy Pass was breakable crust in the open, mush in the trees.

Photos:
1. N Face of Goode
2. Powder high on Black Peak
3. Woody Creek, Logan in the background


Title: Re: April 20, 2019, Black Peak S Face
Post by: Jake the Brit on 04/23/19, 07:29 AM
...really very fabulous photos.


Title: Re: April 20, 2019, Black Peak S Face
Post by: kamtron on 04/23/19, 08:48 AM
Great photos.

Your Subaru story reminds me of a time in college at UVM when we had this massive 4’ storm on Valentine’s Day. Somehow we had loaded our gear into my friends car but shut the door and locked ourselves out while it was running in the driveway. I was able to break in with a coat hanger and the powder day was saved. I think that day I actually triggered a small wind slab in the trees at Mad River, which I was not expecting!


Title: Re: April 20, 2019, Black Peak S Face
Post by: skykilo on 04/24/19, 07:52 AM
schwing


Title: Re: April 20, 2019, Black Peak S Face
Post by: Snowboy on 04/24/19, 12:49 PM
Picture number #2 put a smile on my face. Thanks for sharing - If you are ever looking for an extra tour buddy hit me up!


Title: Re: April 20, 2019, Black Peak S Face
Post by: peteyboy on 04/24/19, 04:37 PM
I nominate picture #2 of the next cover photo on Turns All Year.  Second?


Title: Re: April 20, 2019, Black Peak S Face
Post by: PhilH on 04/25/19, 09:26 AM
Quote from: peteyboy on 04/24/19, 04:37 PM
I nominate picture #2 of the next cover photo on Turns All Year.  Second?


Second! Magazine cover worthy.


Title: Re: April 20, 2019, Black Peak S Face
Post by: hedonaut on 04/25/19, 11:45 AM
Heck yes that is a good shot.  Agree that the S slope of Black down to Woody Cr skied great! 

We also noticed you guys problem-solving on the lockout earlier in the morning, and congratulated you. At one point it looked like you were going to find yet another use for a whippet.


Title: Re: April 20, 2019, Black Peak S Face
Post by: aaasen on 04/25/19, 02:07 PM
Thanks for the photo complements, my friend Matthew took it. It's a special shot for me because Goode is in the background and my great grandfather was on the first ascent of Goode in 1936. Black Peak was climbed a decade earlier, but back then it was probably a multi-day expedition from Lake Chelan, not a roadside day trip. It's a spectacular part of the Cascades.

The whippet was nice for prying the window open, but if you need to smash the window a real ice axe is the tool for the job. Glad it didn't come to that, even though this day would have been well worth a broken window.


Title: Re: April 20, 2019, Black Peak S Face
Post by: Lowell_Skoog on 04/25/19, 04:52 PM
Quote from: aaasen on 04/25/19, 02:07 PM
Thanks for the photo complements, my friend Matthew took it. It's a special shot for me because Goode is in the background and my great grandfather was on the first ascent of Goode in 1936. Black Peak was climbed a decade earlier, but back then it was probably a multi-day expedition from Lake Chelan, not a roadside day trip. It's a spectacular part of the Cascades.


Nice Lane! Good to be reminded of your great grandfather, OP Dickert. I didn't make the connection until you mentioned him. Glad you had a good trip. That's a beautiful area.


Title: Re: April 20, 2019, Black Peak S Face
Post by: Micah on 04/26/19, 10:02 PM
I suggest a caption contest.... or at least OP let me know if it's not cool to use as cover photo. I concur that the photo is one of many really nice shots aaasen has recently posted.

Quote from: peteyboy on 04/24/19, 04:37 PM
I nominate picture #2 of the next cover photo on Turns All Year.  Second?


Quote from: PhilH on 04/25/19, 09:26 AM
Second! Magazine cover worthy.


Title: Re: April 20, 2019, Black Peak S Face
Post by: aaasen on 04/26/19, 10:53 PM
Quote from: Micah on 04/26/19, 10:02 PM
I suggest a caption contest.... or at least OP let me know if it's not cool to use as cover photo.


Go for it. I'm the skier (Lane Aasen) and my friend Matthew Koppe took the photo.


Title: Re: April 20, 2019, Black Peak S Face
Post by: Micah on 04/27/19, 01:26 PM
Thanks, Lane.
Quote from: aaasen on 04/26/19, 10:53 PM
Go for it. I'm the skier (Lane Aasen) and my friend Matthew Koppe took the photo.


Title: Re: April 20, 2019, Black Peak S Face
Post by: cprahl on 04/30/19, 07:44 AM
Off topic... Perhaps used by OP Dickert himself on the Goode FA in '36? Fantastic photo of NF Goode, and recent Black Pk carving.


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