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May 23-24, 2011, Mt. Rainier, Nisqually Ice Cliff
« on: 05/28/11, 12:25 PM »

On tuesday I got a chance to ski the Nisqually ice cliff and make some new friends in the process. Joel, visiting from Colorado, had contacted me about shooting some photos for sponsor-funded ski mountaineering trip that he was on and I was happy to oblige. When he called me about trying to get up Rainier (a mountain I'd never been on before) during tuesdays weather window, I jumped at the chance. I met up with Joel, Joel's friend Josh, and Josh's friend Aaron and headed up. Inspired by THIS TR, they were hoping to ski the Nisqually Ice Cliff.

We had an easy, if wet, hike up to camp Muir on the 23rd followed by a beautiful sunset. The following morning, we headed towards Gib rocks. A late start and slow going cost us the summit, but put us on the line right as the snow reached the perfect consistency of corniness.

The descent was, thanks to the great snow, less thrilling than I would have expected until just above the final pitch. Making an easy jump turn, I walked right out of my dynafit binding in full lockout. I managed to sit on it, stopping the ski from running down the hill, but after that I dreaded every turn for the rest of the day.

All in all though, a great day in the mountains with new people.

Some photos:

Sunset over Adams








A look back at our tracks.

A full TR is written up on my own website HERE, otherwise thanks for looking.

Joel documented his own perspective \HERE, and will likely be putting together a video of his PNW tour at some point during the summer.

Thanks for looking!

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Re: May 23-24, 2011, Mt. Rainier, Nisqually Ice Cliff
« Reply #1 on: 05/28/11, 11:57 PM »

I watched you guys come down. Unfortunately my 10mm/22mm wide angle did little to capture the action I was too far out I think - I waited for a while about 500 vf below Muir for you guys to cross back over and met Aaron on his way down -  I sent him this the image below via email. He has my info if you want the photos I took. I clicked off about 50 shots like the one posted.
Here is one I played with on photoshop. I'm no wizard or techie but maybe someone else with some skills can bring them to life.
You can see 3 of you forming a triangle right above a rock a few hundred feet above the bottom shrund and one of you right above it.
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If nothing else the images put the size of the other features into perspective
Congrats on a sweet line in a great weather window
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Re: May 23-24, 2011, Mt. Rainier, Nisqually Ice Cliff
« Reply #2 on: 05/30/11, 05:02 PM »

*like*
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Re: May 23-24, 2011, Mt. Rainier, Nisqually Ice Cliff
« Reply #3 on: 05/30/11, 08:23 PM »

Very nice, per norm.
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Re: May 23-24, 2011, Mt. Rainier, Nisqually Ice Cliff
« Reply #4 on: 05/31/11, 08:53 AM »

thanks for the photo mick, that's an awesome perspective.
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