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wterrano
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June 14th 2009, Sulphide Glacier
« on: 06/15/09, 06:04 PM »

Headed upto Baker Lake, looked cloudy so opted for the Sulphide. Left the car at 9:30.

Snow starts around 4400', continuous from there except three short patches (Close together -- one carry) at 5400' as you go around the cliff bands.
Summit was out for a little while around noon, breaks in the cloud cover got me to ~8200 ft.  Completely socked in then, after waiting awhile I had to ski my
uptrack to the bottom of the cloud around 7500'. 

Beautiful day below there! Great corn all afternoon. 
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Re: June 14th 2009, Sulphide Glacier
« Reply #1 on: 06/15/09, 06:05 PM »

Sweet! Smiley.
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Re: June 14th 2009, Sulphide Glacier
« Reply #2 on: 06/16/09, 07:39 AM »

How were road conditions and the dry part of the approach?  Any significant obstacles on the approach or the route?
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Re: June 14th 2009, Sulphide Glacier
« Reply #3 on: 06/16/09, 12:35 PM »

More detailed conditions :

1) Road is clear to trailhead.  Trail is snow free and easy to above the switchbacks

2) The glacier is still very well filled in on climbers left.

3) From what I could see of the summit, the central gully looked like it was *probably past skiing, but I couldn't be sure.  By the time I was near the pyramid it was a complete whiteout, but parties who had camped and hit the morning clearing had summitted.  Not sure of their route, they said a rope was handy.

Hope this helps!
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Re: June 14th 2009, Sulphide Glacier
« Reply #4 on: 06/17/09, 07:23 AM »

Great, thanks very much.
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Re: June 14th 2009, Sulphide Glacier
« Reply #5 on: 06/17/09, 10:15 AM »

When I was up there two weekends ago the summit was not really skiable.  It was a mess of deep steps, avy runnels and fallen and exposed rocks.  By now I can't imagine it would be worth skiing above the base of the pyramid.
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