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Charlie Hagedorn

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May 16, 2009, Paradise
« on: 05/16/09, 10:01 PM »

Dave K. and I headed up the snowfield for some exercise, turns, and views. Left the lot at 8:30 (rangers were asking all-day users to park in the old visitor center parking lot to free up space for tourists. Mixed feelings about it, myself) and headed up easily skinnable crust. Set a new personal record for my time up to Muir, while Dave took it easy. Zipped down soft  protocorn a little after 11 to Pan Point. Folks booting up were going in to the knee, with ~50 people on the slope. Found a safe-ish way down, then a different safe way up.  Skinned up mushy corn back to Muir and descended with Dave. Corn 'o clock was probably noon-1. Afternoon descent was variable but good. Pan Face was strangely consolidated but very soft goo - would've been unpleasant to climb.

Some sizeable slabs had ripped out (see extreme left of JoshH photo), mostly on SE aspects, and a big cornice failed into Edith Creek Basin. Big sluffs ran on the E side of the Nisqually downstream of the chutes. On the plus side for stability, saw ~9 folks ski the Chutes in late afternoon, including some non-trivial cornice hucking, with only tiny sluffs as a result. YMMV. Hot out, hotter tomorrow. Random sampling of non-summiting climbers reported deep snow/wind on both the ledges and gap related routes.

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Re: May 16, 2009, Paradise
« Reply #1 on: 05/17/09, 11:55 AM »

The folks in Nisqually was our group plus a few we picked up at Muir.  Stability and skiing felt great on the way down.  Little mashy near the bottom, but nothing the Manaslu's couldn't handle.

The cornice hucker was a friend...didn't know he was gonna do that.  Glad for his sake and mine the cornice stayed put and I was above.

Some pics from within...

Posts: 105

Re: May 16, 2009, Paradise
« Reply #2 on: 05/17/09, 03:53 PM »

my brother Todd and I skied the chutes as well after heading to muir.  Very good skiing on the first 2/3rd, a bit mushy down low.  great views, great company great mountain. 


Posts: 64

Re: May 16, 2009, Paradise
« Reply #3 on: 05/18/09, 01:34 PM »

I've never skied down there but would like to. Are there lines back down from Camp Muir where you don't have to worry about sloughs?

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Re: May 16, 2009, Paradise
« Reply #4 on: 05/19/09, 04:01 PM »

It was good to meet you up there. This is Josh H.  It was a great day of touring.

I at last got to ski from muir down the Nisqually next to the cliffs that border the muir snowfields. 

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