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

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
03/28/20, 04:12 AM

Become a TAY Sponsor!
Trip Reports Sponsor
Pro Guiding Service
Pro Guiding Service
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.
Info Exchange

NWAC Avalanche
+  Turns All Year Trip Reports
|-+  2002 Backcountry Trip Reports
| |-+  Trip Reports - July-August 2002
| | |-+  August 13-14, 2002, Spray Park-Flett Gl., Rainier
« previous next »
Pages: [1] | Go Down Print
Author Topic: August 13-14, 2002, Spray Park-Flett Gl., Rainier  (Read 25194 times)

Posts: 1090

August 13-14, 2002, Spray Park-Flett Gl., Rainier
« on: 09/11/02, 05:42 AM »

Danny and I hiked in over Knapsack Pass (very little snow left), through upper Spray Park, and up a ribbon of snow toward the eastern lobe of the Flett Glacier. I dropped off my overnight gear (no stove, no tent) at about 7000', where we could see Jaydee, with whom we hoped to hook up, on the western section of the Flett. By the time we climbed to the 7500' crossover (extensively melted out), Jaydee and Seabury had already disappeared into the meadows of Spray Park. The steepest section of the Flett, right next to Observation Rock, was completely isolated from the rest of the run by a rock band, and the top half was mostly old snow/ice. Danny booted about half way up that section and skied down to the rocks, and then we both skied down to Cat-eye Lake. The snow was very good between 7500' and 7000' on this hot sunny day, but dense old ski tracks for the next 500' to the lake made turning less enjoyable.

These turns made for Danny's 106th consecutive month of skiing, surpassing Jaydee's 105 months and giving Danny the longest known consecutive month streak in Washington. Danny celebrated with a dip in Cat-eye Lake. Danny then headed down toward the Wonderland Trail, and I skied back up to 7500', crossed over to the east, and skied up to 8100' near the Russell Glacier (which was very extensively melted out). I hiked around the red cinders area a bit, then skied the 1000' run down the eastern Flett - excellent corn, continuous, with a small section of dirty old snow near the Russell. At camp I was treated to a balmy evening, a beautiful sunset, the twinkling lights of the Puget Sound metropolis, and a nice show from the Perseid meteor shower.

The next day dawned clear and warm, and I lazed around camp until it got uncomfortably hot, then proceeded to do 5 runs on the eastern Flett. The steepest runs were the shortest, the longest runs were less steep, but all were on very nice snow. I picked up my overnight gear and then skied the ribbon of snow back to the Wonderland Trail at the top of Spray Park, where hoards of mosquitoes tried to suck me dry as I changed into hiking shoes.

There are photos from this trip here.

« Last Edit: 09/24/02, 04:43 PM by admin » 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

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.