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May 9, 2011, Hanging Glacier Variation, Mt Shuksan
« on: 05/12/11, 05:43 PM »

Teamed up with Dan H. on Monday for a leisurely ski on Shuksan. Ascended the White Salmon. Then, starting from the N shoulder we entered a steep face from the Upper Curtis, skied the left flank of Hanging Glacier, and exited under the looker's right portion of the ice cliff down steep ramps and gullies.

Snow conditions were standard May variety show of crusts, powder, wet slide debris and bed surface, and so on... 


Dan in first.


Very good.


Full route.

Dan solo'ed the N face the following day and took this image of tracks.
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Re: May 9, 2011, Hanging Glacier Variation, Mt Shuksan
« Reply #1 on: 05/12/11, 06:16 PM »

hella f***in balls to the wall awesome.
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Re: May 9, 2011, Hanging Glacier Variation, Mt Shuksan
« Reply #2 on: 05/12/11, 06:18 PM »

Very rad.
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« Reply #3 on: 05/12/11, 07:07 PM »

SICK!!!!! Nice work guys.
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Re: May 9, 2011, Hanging Glacier Variation, Mt Shuksan
« Reply #4 on: 05/12/11, 07:49 PM »

Dantastic!

That last photo reminds me of Brigg's Grand Teton shot.  Awesome stuff.
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Re: May 9, 2011, Hanging Glacier Variation, Mt Shuksan
« Reply #5 on: 05/13/11, 07:06 AM »

Pure awesome.  Such a cool line. 
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Re: May 9, 2011, Hanging Glacier Variation, Mt Shuksan
« Reply #6 on: 05/13/11, 07:14 AM »

Sweet work again, Drew and Dan.  Thanks for sharing it here.
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Re: May 9, 2011, Hanging Glacier Variation, Mt Shuksan
« Reply #7 on: 05/13/11, 08:34 AM »

Filthy nasty ass!

Just a question from someone learning the avy ropes: What methods did you use to determine that the snow above the crown in your pics was stable? Scares the living daylights out of me!
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Re: May 9, 2011, Hanging Glacier Variation, Mt Shuksan
« Reply #8 on: 05/13/11, 09:14 AM »

Just a question from someone learning the avy ropes: What methods did you use to determine that the snow above the crown in your pics was stable? Scares the living daylights out of me!

That's a bergschrund, not an avalanche crown. Not an answer to your question, I know, but a clarification.

I think "Hanging Glacier Headwall" would be a good name for this variation.
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Re: May 9, 2011, Hanging Glacier Variation, Mt Shuksan
« Reply #9 on: 05/13/11, 09:31 AM »

Just to make sure we're talking about the same thing: I'm referring to the image where one of the party members is looking up and admiring his tracks. I'm not referring to the massive ice cliff. Is what I'm talking about a Bergschrund? It looks like it fits the description that I just read on wikipedia (newbie Smiley )

If it is a Bergschrund, then I suppose it isn't such an avy red flag after all.
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Re: May 9, 2011, Hanging Glacier Variation, Mt Shuksan
« Reply #10 on: 05/13/11, 09:59 AM »

I think it is two views (pic 2 and 4) of the same spot.  I took it for a crown, too, until Lowell chimed in.  Hairy and scary, nonetheless.
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Re: May 9, 2011, Hanging Glacier Variation, Mt Shuksan
« Reply #11 on: 05/13/11, 10:26 AM »

Just to make sure we're talking about the same thing: I'm referring to the image where one of the party members is looking up and admiring his tracks. I'm not referring to the massive ice cliff. Is what I'm talking about a Bergschrund? It looks like it fits the description that I just read on wikipedia (newbie Smiley )

If it is a Bergschrund, then I suppose it isn't such an avy red flag after all.

Yes, it's a bergschrund. It's obvious if you know what to look for, like the sagging both above and below the feature and the fact that it's a crack, not a step. This is clearer when you recognize that pics 2 and 4 show the same face (as DavidG observed). It helps to be familiar with the mountain.
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Re: May 9, 2011, Hanging Glacier Variation, Mt Shuksan
« Reply #12 on: 05/13/11, 12:26 PM »

Nice tracks boys!



Sweet line. Your tracks tempted me, but the laid back slopes were really nice.
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Re: May 9, 2011, Hanging Glacier Variation, Mt Shuksan
« Reply #13 on: 05/13/11, 03:42 PM »

Bold and imaginative.   The work of talented artists.  A sand mandala laid upon Shuksan's slopes.
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Re: May 9, 2011, Hanging Glacier Variation, Mt Shuksan
« Reply #14 on: 05/13/11, 07:32 PM »

They should officially change the name to Mt ShuksDan.



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Re: May 9, 2011, Hanging Glacier Variation, Mt Shuksan
« Reply #15 on: 05/14/11, 07:17 AM »

Wow...outstanding you guys...Hey Drew, do you want to do another 'leisurely' lap and drag me up with Maya's Chariot??...good training weight i guarantee!!
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