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.
10/23/19, 12:03 PM

Become a TAY Sponsor!
 
Trip Reports Sponsor
American Alpine Institute
American Alpine Institute
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
| |-+  August 2008 Backcountry Trip Reports
| | |-+  August 10, 2008 MRNP Paradise Glacier
:
« previous next »
Pages: [1] | Go Down Print
Author Topic: August 10, 2008 MRNP Paradise Glacier  (Read 4973 times)
Don_B
Member
Offline

Posts: 307


August 10, 2008 MRNP Paradise Glacier
« on: 08/10/08, 09:44 PM »

Cool, foggy trip, never cleared at our elevations.  sorry no pix.

Snow at and around lower Paradise Glacier was dirty, with small suncups and some runnels, just soft enough to be easily carvable.  A bit sticky on the flats.
Saw no humans or fresh tracks above Skyline Trail and Van Trump Memorial, but they might have been there. Could not see much.  Saw 3 skiers on a little slope back near Paradise Road
We did see a ptarmigan in summer color, lots of ruby breasted finches with their punk haircuts, and some kind of empty rookery with rocks and snow all covered with guano near the foot of the Williwakas Glacier.
Wildflowers are in full glory. Lots of visitors but lot and road parking available.

We booted it where snow was thin, to keep mngmt satisfied.  (3.9 psi for my weight and boot with up to 6" deep print) instead of ski (0.7 psi for my weight on one ski with up to 1/2 inch print) Huh
Logged
scottb505
5Member
Offline

Posts: 30


Re: August 10, 2008 MRNP Paradise Glacier
« Reply #1 on: 08/11/08, 07:14 AM »

Don,

Did you get higher up on the Paradise? I'm curious if the conditions are good from Anvil Rock down - thanks for the beta!
Logged
Don_B
Member
Offline

Posts: 307


Re: August 10, 2008 MRNP Paradise Glacier
« Reply #2 on: 08/11/08, 12:34 PM »

Did not get higher. We spent too much time getting to lower Paradise wondering why we were crossing more creeks, finding ourselves at the Williwaka first, and there was no way to see the upper glacier. It's just a guess, but I would guess it is not much different most of the way up to Anvil Rock but could be some cracks. Probably best (and nicer) to approach from the Paradise, not the Muir Snowfield, to see what you are getting into.
Logged
Marco
5Member
Offline

Posts: 78


Re: August 10, 2008 MRNP Paradise Glacier
« Reply #3 on: 08/11/08, 09:07 PM »

Scott,

On Sunday, 8/10, the conditions from Van Trump Monument up the "Edge" just east of the rockband separating Paradise Glacier from Muir snowfield up to approximately 8400' had small suncups with just a little butter on top for generally excellent skiing conditions with a few caveats:

Optimal climbing route from Van Trump Monument to just below McClure has several rockband crossings with challenging route finding under low visibility conditions.

Lower Paradise rolloff at ~7400' is essentially a "no fall zone".  Take care on climb and don't ski too low before bailing west to the rockbands.

Large crevasses at ~7800 adjacent to rockband have not yet opened, but are likely getting thinly bridged.

Open crevasse just east of rockband at ~8000.
« Last Edit: 08/11/08, 09:11 PM by Marco » Logged
scottb505
5Member
Offline

Posts: 30


Re: August 10, 2008 MRNP Paradise Glacier
« Reply #4 on: 08/11/08, 09:36 PM »

Thanks much, Marco. 
Logged
Jonathan_S.
Member
Offline

Posts: 622


WWW
Re: August 10, 2008 MRNP Paradise Glacier
« Reply #5 on: 08/15/08, 07:10 PM »

Super, thanks for the beta.
Any hunch/guess/speculation on what conditions will be like by August 21?
We had been planning on just heading to up to around 7800' as per this earlier TR:
http://www.turns-all-year.com/skiing_snowboarding/trip_reports/index.php?topic=10760.0
(protocol would be roped for the ascent, then unroped for the descent, with each person still wearing harness of course and having full crevasse rescue kit, and we'd just do Muir instead if vis was questionable)
Logged

My various "Tech" bindings are powered by Gu.
dmp
5Member
Offline

Posts: 32


Re: August 10, 2008 MRNP Paradise Glacier
« Reply #6 on: 08/18/08, 08:03 PM »

Hi Jonathan- Snow Bell and I skied the Paradise Glacier on Friday. I would echo what was said above. We ascended via the Muir snowfield and dropped in a little bit below the bergschrund below Anvil Rock, and were rewarded with over 2000 ft. of vert- it is DEFINITELY worth the trip! I had the good fortune of going with an experienced "guide" who knew his way around. The crevasses are still definitely avoidable, but you need to watch out coming over the rollers- stop and look carefully. Suncupping is getting a little more prominent, but the surface is still soft. I'll try and post a couple of picture links later (they are on my other computer).

David
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.