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April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« on: 04/20/11, 09:50 AM »

On Tuesday, April 19th Dan H. and myself skied Chair Peak via the Northeast Buttress.

The route was very filled in, with the bottom ice step only about 10m long and the upper ice step around 3m. Elsewhere conditions were 3''-12'' of freshly fallen fluff over the ~3'' thick breakable rain crust which formed the previous Saturday. There were easy shears above and below the rain crust, but we were blessed with perfect April weather; mostly cloudy with occasional sun breaks thus preventing any serious warming which would have definitely sent us packing.

We skied from the summit and were able to ski the upper ice step before rappelling (skis on) about 20m at the lower step. A sticky but enjoyable ski to the car concluded our day.








Image from skisickness.com.
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Re: April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« Reply #1 on: 04/20/11, 09:54 AM »

Sweet!  Nice work Drew & Dan -- sporty stuff.
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Re: April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« Reply #2 on: 04/20/11, 10:35 AM »

WOW, great TR and photos.
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Re: April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« Reply #3 on: 04/20/11, 10:45 AM »

You continue to defile ice climbs by skiing down them!
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Re: April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« Reply #4 on: 04/20/11, 11:23 AM »

Good one.....Beautiful....

What Stefan said!!!
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Re: April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« Reply #5 on: 04/20/11, 11:47 AM »

Impressive, thanks for the TR and photos.
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Re: April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« Reply #6 on: 04/20/11, 12:13 PM »

you buggers!  had my eye on that for a while now...
well played, nice timing.
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Re: April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« Reply #7 on: 04/20/11, 01:07 PM »

damn impressive backyard skiing guys.
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Re: April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« Reply #8 on: 04/20/11, 02:40 PM »

Wow.   Smiley
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Re: April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« Reply #9 on: 04/20/11, 02:47 PM »

what a great trip!








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Re: April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« Reply #10 on: 04/20/11, 04:54 PM »


That's a beauty line.
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Re: April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« Reply #11 on: 04/20/11, 05:04 PM »

Fantastic stuff, amazing line, well done sirs!
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Re: April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« Reply #12 on: 04/21/11, 08:28 AM »

 Thanks! incredible,.... 

Why isn't there someone out there doing documentary filming of this kind of thing? Perhaps, I am obsessed with both skiing and the mountains in general, but I am intigued by every aspect of this kind of adventure. I find it inconcievable that there is not market to produce and broadcast this type of ski mountaineering on film.

Instead, our television gives us a bunch of pimple face kids with their pants falling down, holding up cans of 'Mountain Dew' at the bottom of some half pipe.
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Re: April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« Reply #13 on: 04/21/11, 10:10 AM »

Pure awesome. Photo #3 is perfect.
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Re: April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« Reply #14 on: 04/21/11, 10:42 AM »

Agreed on photo #3. Steep face that rolls off steeper to empty space :-)
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Re: April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« Reply #15 on: 04/21/11, 02:45 PM »

yeah dude!
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Re: April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« Reply #16 on: 04/21/11, 03:05 PM »

Rad!  Is that a plastic shovel in pic #2?  Good work guys!
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Re: April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« Reply #17 on: 04/21/11, 04:08 PM »

Strong work, men! Nice job.
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Re: April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« Reply #18 on: 04/22/11, 11:04 PM »

Just plain awesome.  Thx for sharing. 
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Re: April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« Reply #19 on: 04/23/11, 08:14 AM »

so, is that a first ski descent of the full length of the route (with rappel)? maybe it's a stupid question but i've only heard of sky sjue skiing the upper face and bailing due to conditions. any other record of ski descents? lowell? very jealous btw, nice job.
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Re: April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« Reply #20 on: 04/23/11, 11:07 AM »

Another view yesterday on our way to Roosevelt...


* chair_ne_buttress.JPG (107.08 KB, 800x531 - viewed 1916 times.)
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Re: April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« Reply #21 on: 04/23/11, 03:28 PM »

Punks!
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Re: April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« Reply #22 on: 04/23/11, 07:36 PM »

so, is that a first ski descent of the full length of the route (with rappel)? maybe it's a stupid question but i've only heard of sky sjue skiing the upper face and bailing due to conditions. any other record of ski descents? lowell?

First ski descent that I know of.
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Re: April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« Reply #23 on: 04/23/11, 10:30 PM »

Another view yesterday on our way to Roosevelt...
Great pic as usual, Kenji.  Thanks. 
First descent, really, Lowell?  Figured some Alpentalic might have done it back in the day.
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Re: April 19, 2011, Chair Peak, Northeast Buttress
« Reply #24 on: 04/24/11, 02:42 PM »

Dan and Drew - super cool, i have climbed it as an ice climb ;-)  Guess i need to get one of those anti gravity suits or something.  Congratulations boys!
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