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June 21, Camp Muir --> Nisqually Chutes
« on: 06/22/08, 10:51 PM »

Left Mill Creek at 4am, got sverdina, then got packed up and on trail 7am or so. So much for the "Partly sunny morning" that was forecasted.

Met dKoelle at the parking lot who mentioned he was heading for the Paradise Glacier. It had been a few years since I had been to Muir, and I have been trying to ski the chutes for almost 3-4 years. Always got turned back by weather or avy hazards.

Got to Muir in 3.5 hours, not bad for an out of shape, almost 40 year old father of 2 toddlers. Sverdina only had to wait 30 minutes. We kicked it in the public shelter with the NPS rangers.

No smoking in the Muir hut though

We headed down towards the Nisqually Chutes entrance and got some good turns until it turned to corn around 9k and had awesome turns down to about 8300 or so where we entered the chute.

There was already an existing crown release that was about 12" deep, and carried all the way down the throat until the very bottom. Sverdina went first and rode it out forever. It seemed to go on and on for him. I went in next and had some really enjoyable turns all the way down. Not quite as steep as I was expecting. It seems that 'Wild Katz' at Stevens is much steeper.....

Only had one bail when I tried to ride an arete that separated the depbis field from the snowfield and bailed head first in to the avy debris. Rode down to meet sverdina, skinned back up and arrived at the base of Pan Point just as it started to rain. The place was packed full of people wearing jeans and t shirts.

Skied down to the parking lot and arrived at Scaleburger only to find out they only take cash. Ate at that place in the train caboose. Kind of weird, but decent burgers.

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