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Jeff Huber
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May 1, 2004, Mt Hood, Southside
« on: 05/02/04, 07:33 PM »

This past Saturday I skied the southside of Mt. Hood from Hogsback ridge to Timberline lodge. Upon reaching the Hogsback I left my skis then continued to the summit. When I returned to the Hogsback I napped in the warm sun while waiting for the snow to setup. I then skied to Illumination Saddle on still firm snow, took another brief nap, then at 10:30am skied fantastic corn all the way to the "Magic Mile" lift where the snow deteriorated to Zardoz conditions (ie, slush).

The snow near the base of craters rock/devils kitchen area was heavily undulated, rutted and dirty. If I was to do this trip next weekend I would probably leave my skis right at the base of Crater Rock.

I will use my one-photo-per-post pass to enclose a photo looking down thru the Pearly Gates. This area is also heavily undulated and does not look pleasant to ski:
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Re: May 1st, 2004, Mt Hood, Southside
« Reply #1 on: 05/03/04, 04:10 AM »

Thanks for the TR. Any day you can nap in the mountains is a good one!

I stopped below the Hogsback on Friday. I was tempted to go on but without an ice axe, climbing experience or a partner my common sense said 'stop'. Am planning to acquire an axe and the knowledge/experience to use it.

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Re: May 1st, 2004, Mt Hood, Southside
« Reply #2 on: 05/05/04, 05:17 PM »

We did it on Monday, Jeffey.
The Hogsback, bergy & PG chute were in about the same shape, 'cept the summit was enshrouded in a lenticular.
The ski down from crater rock was also about the same as you described, i.e., pure bliss.
'Course we did the "old timers" version...
pics at:
http://groups.msn.com/WildHeartsSkiing/_albumlist.msnw?pgmarket=en-us
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Re: May 1st, 2004, Mt Hood, Southside
« Reply #3 on: 05/05/04, 06:43 PM »

Thanks for the photos Ron! Looks like a fun trip!

Jeffey
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