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 1   Hot Air / Random Tracks: posts that don't fit elsewhere / Re: Favorite non-snow glove for snow use...  on: Yesterday at 11:30:42 PM 
Started by whiskey | Last post by Randy
2nd the rec for Kincos for "working" in snow.

 2   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / June 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / June 15, 2019, MRNP, VTP to Camp Hazard  on: Yesterday at 09:16:20 PM 
Started by iluka | Last post by iluka
I decided to head up to Camp Hazard via Van I Refuse to Say that Name Park today thinking that last week's snow would still be lingering up high and making for good skiing. There didn't seem to be much of the new snow left but the skiing overall was quite good.

The trail is snow free until past Comet Falls. There are several blow downs in a short section right after the falls that require a bit of flexibility to get under with skis on the pack. Snow patches start a little ways after the falls. They become a bit longer as you get closer to VT Park but they're not continuous enough to warrant skis until you're up in the park. Once the skis go on, there's continuous snow all the way up to Camp Hazard.  Skinning was a bit of work as there's enough texture in the snow most of the way that made it hard to keep enough edge or skin surface on the snow to prevent from slipping.

I was heading down by 12:45. The top 800 ft or so down from Camp Hazard wasn't much fun on the way down and isn't worth climbing up unless you're out for the exercise, as between the boot packs, glissade tracks, developing sun cups and some avy debris the surface it pretty uneven and challenging to ski. From about 10,200 down it gets considerably better, particularly to skiers left of the glissade tracks. From 9,500 down to about 6,500 the skiing was great. The surface is only mildly sun-cupped in that section and skied really well as things softened up.

Overall a great day... and there's no one out there. Hordes on the Muir... I was alone all day.
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 3   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / June 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / June 6, 2019 Blueberry Chutes in prime condition!  on: Yesterday at 07:35:19 PM 
Started by Donnelly_M | Last post by Donnelly_M
With the road open, the chutes are probably in the best condition I have ever seen them with the road being open. Great snow consistency, no pollen, minimal if any, and the sun cups are moderate at the bottom but soft enough to blast through them. It was even a great workout hiking up the chute in racing boots and carrying 20 pounds worth of skis. Good times!
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 4   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / June 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / Re: June 11, 2019, Bay to Baker to Bay  on: Yesterday at 05:51:18 PM 
Started by jakeh | Last post by H2oskier
Thanks for the inspiration.  That is really a huge effort and a sporty adventure!  I'm probably not the only one who enjoys viewing the bike/ski tales.  Although neither of these are one day epics, if anyone hasn't seen Ice and Palms or The Last Hill, they are both great stories.   
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 5   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / June 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / June 8th 2019, Sacajawea peak, Wallowas OR  on: Yesterday at 02:24:40 PM 
Started by clubber | Last post by clubber
It had been close to 17 years since I was last in Joseph OR. The Wallowas are beautiful mountains and feel a bit like Montana in Oregon. We ski a lot in the western idaho mountains and are always remarking on how good the Wallowas look. Having a few days to explore, my girlfriend and I packed the bikes, paddle boards and headed west over the snake river into Oregon. After a beautiful drive on the Wallowa Mtn loop, we found ourselves gawking at the snow covered peaks in NE Oregon. My girlfriend is recovering from acl surgery, but was happy riding her bike in the valley (who wouldn’t though with the views!) I had the go-ahead and made an attempt at the disputed high point in the range the following day.

I started up the main hurricane creek trail enjoying the views and kept an eye on the clouds swirling around the summit.. After 1.7 miles, I began looking for a way across the raging creek. Unable to find a log, I picked a relatively shallow spot and had a crotch kissing crossing (say that 3 times fast!) and found the trail on the other side. It starts to climb and after 5 miles from the trailhead I was transitioning to skinning. Suncups at the start gave way to smooth snow and I enjoyed the excellent scenery. The east face was melted out, but I was hopeful the south side might still hold snow. Rounding the corner I could see plenty of snow to the summit. Wahoo! I was able to skin to the top and enjoyed the views of the surrounding mountains. The Eagle Cap Wilderness is beautiful and still buried in snow. A quick look down the NW face had me drooling and I weighed my desire to be gnar and the conditions. 6-12 inches of new snow from the previous few days and the sun shining in and out... I went conservative and skied back down my ascent route during a visibility window. Hot Pow!! So good I needed more. I turned and boot packed up a northerly aspect and snuck in another 1000’ shot again during a sunny window. Roller balls following my tracks told me to head home and I enjoyed the smooth apron with a few scattered corn turns in the more easterly aspects near the bottom. The way out was enjoyable and I took my time. The climb to the summit ended up being 7 miles and 4800’ one way about 4.5 hours. Not too bad for June and month 21!

Pic 1-view of NW face from valley
Pic 2-SE face Sacajawea and run 1
Pic 3-view looking back up run 2.
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 6   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / June 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / Re: June 04, 2019, Kootenay Boundary, Okanagan BC  on: Yesterday at 12:20:22 PM 
Started by Atraslin | Last post by voyageur
Awesome, thanks for the info.  Looks like a great zone to me.  Never skied over there but sound like you're the guy(s) to consult if I do!
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 7   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / June 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / Re: June 11, 2019, Bay to Baker to Bay  on: Yesterday at 12:18:53 PM 
Started by jakeh | Last post by voyageur
Hell yes Jake!  That's a smoking time and even more impressive with your ski breaking!

For those not familiar with it, for a few years in the 19-teens, the Mt Baker Marathon was a race from Bellingham Bay to the summit of Baker and back.  The participants were allowed to use a train to Glacier, or a car to drive up the Middle Fork of the Nooksack, then on foot from there.  There's a nice documentary about it that is a good watch and pretty inspiring.

Jake mentioned the record for the three years the race was run was around 12.5 hours r/t, again using cars/train for assistance from Bellingham to the TH.  So that puts into perspective a 14 hr human powered r/t!

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 8   Hot Air / Planned Trips: research questions / Snow Conditions Heliotrope Ridge-Baker  on: Yesterday at 11:44:25 AM 
Started by Nick Branch | Last post by Nick Branch
Anyone have beta on current ski conditions there?  We have the opportunity to travel there in 6 days.
Thanks for any info!

 9   2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / June 2019 Backcountry Trip Reports / Re: June 04, 2019, Kootenay Boundary, Okanagan BC  on: Yesterday at 11:14:58 AM 
Started by Atraslin | Last post by Mtraslin
Voyageur....Started around 5000ft.... Tops out around 7000 plus feet. This is the Kootenay Boundary area....Near the Big White Ski area in British Columbia....Still learning the in and outs. Tougher snowpack compared to the Coast and Cascades in terms of stabilty....You must have patience. 99 percent of my life has been spent growing up in the Coast mountains of North Vancouver
Squamish and Whistler....But I must admit the dry snow here can be quite the reward.
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 10   Hot Air / Personal Yardsale: gear FS or WTB, deals seen / WTB: Karhu Catamounts. Shorter length 155 to 165 c  on: Yesterday at 09:42:55 AM 
Started by Randy | Last post by Randy
Does anybody have some if these gathering dust?

Alternatively lightweight alpine touring skis of similar dimensions (85,70,80) would be of interest.

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