telemark skiingbackcountry skiingPacific NorthwestWashington and Oregonweather linksThe Yuki AwardsMt. Rainier and Mt. Adams
Turns All Year
www.turns-all-year.com
  Help | Search | Login | Register
Turns All Year Trip Reports
Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
05/21/19, 09:46 AM

Become a TAY Sponsor!
 
Trip Reports Sponsor
Second Ascent
Second Ascent
Turns All Year Trip Reports
(1) Viewing these pages constitutes your acceptance of the Terms of Use.
(2) Disclaimer: the accuracy of information here is unknown, use at your own risk.
(3) Trip Report monthly boards: only actual trip report starts a new thread.
(4) Keep it civil and constructive - that is the norm here.
 
FOAC Snow
Info Exchange


NWAC Avalanche
Forecast
+  Turns All Year Trip Reports
|-+  2008 Backcountry Trip Reports
| |-+  July 2008 Backcountry Trip Reports
| | |-+  July 8, 2008: Mt. Pilchuck
:
« previous next »
Pages: [1] | Go Down Print
Author Topic: July 8, 2008: Mt. Pilchuck  (Read 5116 times)
sheispiste
Member
Offline

Posts: 236


July 8, 2008: Mt. Pilchuck
« on: 07/09/08, 11:39 AM »



After a leisurely morning and a rather tough time finding a parking space at the 65th park and ride, unlike a winter Saturday morning start, I met up with fall_line for an adventure on Mt. Pilchuck. Oh, the joys of having the summer off!

In the trail head parking lot we met up with group of hikers and discussed appropriate footwear while strapping on the boots and skis, and saw them again, when they exclaimed that the "footprints just ran out. I thought this was a well-established trail!" Indeed, this well traveled trail is still holding snow well. So much so, it looked like we would skin early on and donned the skins. Our footwear friend passed us, smiling, "I guess you found your snow early." We rounded the bend and... skis back on the pack.

We booted up following intermittent orange flagging until we couldn't find them anymore, traversed over to gain a great view of the lower lake which remains 4/5 frozen, and there the bush-whacking began. We love those veggie belays and newfound teamwork and serious humor! We swam our way out of the brush back up to the snow, for a lunchtime shady snack. We continued on firm grade snow, slushy above the final saddle as a bevy of summer clad teens in Vans and gym shorts passed us coming off the summit nearly jumping down in Johnny Mosley style leaps.

To say the least, duck-billed boots and skis scraping over large granite boulders (a chance to practice basic rock skills and fancy footwork) made for a clean finish to the look out. This was Emily's first experience with the stunning 360 degree views from this vantage that included Seattle's Columbia tower, Rainer, Shucksan, Baker, and Puget Sound.

We grabbed a couple of photos and a quick snack before heading down the boulders to the saddle where we stripped skins, strapped on skis and leashes (from the gong show of a start--gotta love the repair kit!). Shaded sun cup city made for graceful turns and much easier route finding on our way down, nearly 1/3 of the time to make the climb. Black flies and gnats were so bad that I nearly tossed my cookies upon inhaling one! The marsh marigolds and skunk cabbage are blooming in the wet marshes with frogs calling telling us the way out of the squelchy exit to the car.

Another great day in our backyard! WOO HOO!
more photos here:

edited to add photo in text! yeah. thanks ronj
« Last Edit: 07/09/08, 01:05 PM by sheispiste » Logged

any day in the mountains is a good day in the mountains
Scotsman
Member
Offline

Posts: 3389


Re: July 8, 2008: Mt. Pilchuck
« Reply #1 on: 07/09/08, 01:53 PM »

Very nice TR. Picture of Puget Sound is striking .Never been to Pilchuck, need to go one day. Thanks
« Last Edit: 07/09/08, 02:47 PM by Scotsman » Logged

Chief Etiquette Officer of TAY and TAY's #1 Poster
Poet Laureate of TAY.
Chairman and Founder of FOTAY( Friends of TAY)
Moderator of the moderators.
"Most Brilliant Move" of the 11/12 ski season
" Knows what he is talking about"
Expert Typist.
Crystal Whore
" Scotsman may be correct"....Mikerolfs
David_Coleman
Member
Offline

Posts: 381


Re: July 8, 2008: Mt. Pilchuck
« Reply #2 on: 07/09/08, 03:24 PM »

Way to take advantage of the stellar low elevation snowpack.  Skiing Pilchuck in July is unique I'm sure.   Cool
Logged
ski_photomatt
Member
Offline

Posts: 361


Re: July 8, 2008: Mt. Pilchuck
« Reply #3 on: 07/09/08, 04:10 PM »

Nice photos and report, looks like you enjoyed the sunny weather.  Must be tough having the summer off Grin
Logged
Pages: [1] | Go Up Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  



Login with username, password and session length

Thank you to our sponsors!
click to visit our sponsor: Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends
click to visit our sponsor: Marmot Mountain Works
Marmot Mountain Works
click to visit our sponsor: Second Ascent
Second Ascent
click to visit our sponsor: American Alpine Institute
American Alpine Institute
click to visit our sponsor: Pro Guiding Service
Pro Guiding Service
Contact turns-all-year.com

Turns All Year Trip Reports ©2001-2010 Turns All Year LLC. All Rights Reserved

The opinions expressed in posts are those of the poster and do not necessarily
reflect the opinions of Trip Reports administrators or Turns All Year LLC


Turns All Year Trip Reports | Powered by SMF 1.0.6.
© 2001-2005, Lewis Media. All Rights Reserved.