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BigRed
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March 27, 2010 Snoqualmie Crooked
« on: 03/28/10, 03:43 PM »

Five of us booted/skinned up the phantom, skirted around the corner to cave ridge and headed towards the East peak of Snoqualmie.  Snow coverage through the trees at the bottom of the phantom is pretty meager, and I wouldn't expect much to be left if it rains on it this week.  However, the coverage up high is great, and we found soft skiing down the Crooked.  We had planned on dropping some other north aspects off of the East peak, but the wind was blasting and we weren't comfortable with the middle fork aspects.  Strangely, the wind didn't seem to effect the crooked as much although there were some minor slabby parts near the waterfall.   

Besides an army of mountaineers booting up the sunny south/southeast face of Snoqualmie with ropes ice axes and crampons, we only saw three other parties in the area - a couple groups skied the slot, another preceded us down the crooked. 


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Re: March 27, 2010 Snoqualmie Crooked
« Reply #1 on: 03/28/10, 07:56 PM »

Nice summit shot. You must have skinned up early. I started from Alpental just after 10, hoping to ski the Slot, but by the time I got to it the snow had become very sticky and with the fast approaching storm from the SW I beat a retreat. Skiing down the upper Phantom and then through the woods was a torture.  N
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Re: March 27, 2010 Snoqualmie Crooked
« Reply #2 on: 03/28/10, 10:42 PM »

Thanks for the post, Big Red.   A good day despite the reroute.   I'm glad we didn't head down towards the Middle Fork and get stuck in the dirt.  Far better to stay high up.
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