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June 22, 2008 Paradise toward McClure Rock
« on: 06/22/08, 10:24 PM »

Mad_Dog's suggested mission for the day was to tour from the upper Paradise parking lot to McClure Rock via Golden Gate with options for more sporty descents should interests and conditions allow...

Ron J, Bonnie, and I departed from Paradise under drizzly skies and low visibility with hopes we would soon get above the weather and enjoy some true "summer skiing" complete with sunshine.  As the day played out we never got completely out of the weather, but nonetheless enjoyed some peek-a-boo views of the summit and some occasional blue skies with our lunch break.  Constantly vigilant with regard to backcountry safety, Ron also brought along his patented margarita snow treatment to assure none of us got sick from giardia...   Cheesy

We did notice a fairly recent ~40 meter wide crown on a Southeast aspect below McClure Rock at perhaps 7000', but everything we skied was well consolidated with only the occasional slow moving wet sluff.  Its amazing there is still so much snow out there for late June!

This was my first tour since breaking my shoulder in February, and many thanks to Mad_Dog, Ron, Bonnie, and the greater TAY community for the inspiration to get back out.   Smiley
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Re: June 22, 2008 Paradise toward McClure Rock
« Reply #1 on: 06/23/08, 09:46 AM »

Thanks for the report Marco and to Ron and Jeanette for trip planning and touring guide. Weather is never a problem with Garfunkel and you are right about the support from the community. Next we get Jeanette back on two feet!!
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Re: June 22, 2008 Paradise toward McClure Rock
« Reply #2 on: 06/24/08, 09:17 PM »

Nice Mellow tour you guys.  Very enjoyable.

Bonnie


and Marco

you certainly had your way with that corn.

More pictures posted HERE.

Nice trip planning, MadDog, what's next?

Marco, that book I mentioned that has all the great historical info about Rainier is entitled "Mountain Fever - Historic Conquests of Rainier", by Aubrey L. Haines.  It has apparently been republished after being out of print for many years.  It is the best book I have read on Rainier's historical pioneers.


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Re: June 22, 2008 Paradise toward McClure Rock
« Reply #3 on: 06/25/08, 09:17 AM »

Great photos, glad everyone had a good tour. 
Nice trip planning, MadDog, what's next?
I'm pondering a couple of ideas.

Next we get Jeanette back on two feet!!
4 more weeks in the cast for me.  Be careful out there, there are "dragons" lurking  Wink.
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Re: June 22, 2008 Paradise toward McClure Rock
« Reply #4 on: 06/25/08, 01:22 PM »

Thanks Ron for the photos and link to the book on Rainier.  Its always fun to have some historical context for places we enjoy so much...

Looking forward to getting out again soon!
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