telemark skiingbackcountry skiingPacific NorthwestWashington and Oregonweather linksThe Yuki AwardsMt. Rainier and Mt. Adams
Turns All Year
www.turns-all-year.com
  Help | Search | Login | Register
Turns All Year Trip Reports
Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
06/22/17, 07:17 AM

Support Snohomish County's
Helicopter Rescue Team
 
Trip Reports Sponsor
Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends
Turns All Year Trip Reports
(1) Viewing these pages constitutes your acceptance of the Terms of Use.
(2) Disclaimer: the accuracy of information here is unknown, use at your own risk.
(3) Trip Report monthly boards: only actual trip report starts a new thread.
(4) Keep it civil and constructive - that is the norm here.
 
FOAC Snow
Info Exchange


NWAC Avalanche
Forecast
+  Turns All Year Trip Reports
|-+  2012 Backcountry Trip Reports
| |-+  January 2012 Backcountry Trip Reports
| | |-+  January 18, 2012 - Haute Education Route
:
« previous next »
Pages: [1] | Go Down Print
Author Topic: January 18, 2012 - Haute Education Route  (Read 9192 times)
Lowell_Skoog
Member
Offline

Posts: 2041


WWW
January 18, 2012 - Haute Education Route
« on: 01/18/12, 09:03 PM »

I've always wanted to ski in to work. Only in the past year have I worked close enough to home to make it practical. Today I finally got the chance. In honor of the UW's sesquicentennial, I followed the historic "Haute Education Route" to the university from my home in Maple Leaf.

The ski route was well marked...



The mighty Ravenna River Gorge...



A village marked with strange runes...



Traversing the UW campus...



Arriving at Carbon Design Group...



The ski in was very nice. Good kick and glide on my nearly antique XC skis.

The homeward trip was not so good. Glazed snow, hard-pack, and no waxes that gripped. Lots of poling. But totally worth it.   Wink
« Last Edit: 01/18/12, 09:20 PM by Lowell_Skoog » Logged
sierra_slider
5Member
Offline

Posts: 15


Re: January 18, 2012 - Haute Education Route
« Reply #1 on: 01/18/12, 09:18 PM »

Nice TR. Makes me think I should go to campus tomorrow, just to see it covered in snow.
Logged
T. Eastman
Member
Offline

Posts: 439


Re: January 18, 2012 - Haute Education Route
« Reply #2 on: 01/18/12, 10:21 PM »

Did you dig any pits?
Logged
Marcus
Administrator
Offline

Posts: 2438


WWW
Re: January 18, 2012 - Haute Education Route
« Reply #3 on: 01/19/12, 08:12 AM »

That's great Lowell -- this time last year I skied to a physical therapy appointment a few blocks from my house.  It's always fun to see the city from the kick/glide/hum of the fishscale skis (my XC gear is not quite the wax-vintage).
Logged
Stugie
Member
Offline

Posts: 926


WWW
Re: January 18, 2012 - Haute Education Route
« Reply #4 on: 01/19/12, 10:54 AM »

Awesome!  It reminded me of skiing to school in the Midwest.  There was one big downhill section that we used to race down to the doors of the bandroom.  We called that the Cross-Country route 'cause it was similar to our xc routes for track.  I like your 'Haute Education Route'.  Chances are repeats will be rare!
Logged

"The mountains are not stadiums where I satisfy my ambition to achieve, they are the cathedrals; the houses where I practice my religion." - Anatoli Boukreev
Don_B
Member
Offline

Posts: 299


Re: January 18, 2012 - Haute Education Route
« Reply #5 on: 01/19/12, 12:24 PM »

Great TR and route choice.  I have only taken the Low Route, down in the ravine  (the Short Bus Route?), which is has quite a bit more ups and downs, and probably was not so good after it got icy. 
Logged
silaswild
Member
Offline

Posts: 1616


Re: January 18, 2012 - Haute Education Route
« Reply #6 on: 01/19/12, 03:36 PM »

Ahh yes, one of my best memories of working at UW and living by the Burke Gilman trail, the four or five days of skiing into work during the 80s, 90s, and 00s.  Way to continue the tradition.
Logged
JKordel
5Member
Offline

Posts: 68


Re: January 18, 2012 - Haute Education Route
« Reply #7 on: 01/19/12, 09:17 PM »

I love trips like these Lowell.

Teanna and I have been extending our long weekend of skiing in Mazama here in Redmond - going on 7 days straight. I'm lucky to be able to work from home the past few days so haven't had to drive at all. Skiing in Farrel MacWirther, Pipeline Trail and Hartman Park getting better each day.

Got to love grocery shopping with skis. Part of me envies those further east who can ski out their door all winter long. Looks like it might come to an end tomorrow.


* jk_023.jpg (221.66 KB, 480x640 - viewed 1657 times.)
Logged
JasonGriffith
5Member
Offline

Posts: 39


Re: January 18, 2012 - Haute Education Route
« Reply #8 on: 01/19/12, 09:36 PM »

Did you have a photographer for your historic tour, Lowell?  I'm even more impressed if you set those shots up via a timer.  Excellent composition, and some interesting backgrounds to tell the tale.  Well done.
Logged
Lowell_Skoog
Member
Offline

Posts: 2041


WWW
Re: January 18, 2012 - Haute Education Route
« Reply #9 on: 01/19/12, 10:37 PM »

Did you have a photographer for your historic tour, Lowell?  I'm even more impressed if you set those shots up via a timer.  Excellent composition, and some interesting backgrounds to tell the tale.  Well done.

For the fourth photo, above, I asked some passing students if they would hold the camera. The others were done with a gorilla pod and self-timer. Trips like this are such a novelty that I enjoy recording them. On a couple occasions I tied the gorilla pod to a tree trunk to get it up high enough. The picture taking probably doubled my commute time but the memories are worth it.

Whenever we get a good snowfall in the city I'm inspired by this old yarn, which I've posted here before but may be new to some:

http://written-in-the-snows.net/far-country-steinkopf.html

And let's not forget the man who may have started it all, Professor Milnor Roberts (in a photo taken close to my route):



See:
http://written-in-the-snows.net/far-country2.html
« Last Edit: 01/19/12, 10:51 PM by Lowell_Skoog » Logged
Amar Andalkar
Member
Offline

Posts: 1200


WWW
Re: January 18, 2012 - Haute Education Route
« Reply #10 on: 01/19/12, 11:15 PM »

Nice TR, Lowell. I was curious about how you did the photography too, and planned to post a question after finishing my own TR, but Jason beat me to it while I was writing. Thanks for the info.

Logged

JimD
Member
Offline

Posts: 233


WWW
Re: January 18, 2012 - Haute Education Route
« Reply #11 on: 01/20/12, 06:07 AM »

Nice! Thanks for the fun TR and extra effort to record it!

What jacket is that Lowell? Looks like the new Montane wind jacket I just got and tried this week - works great for cold weather.
Logged
Lowell_Skoog
Member
Offline

Posts: 2041


WWW
Re: January 18, 2012 - Haute Education Route
« Reply #12 on: 01/20/12, 07:27 AM »

What jacket is that Lowell? Looks like the new Montane wind jacket I just got and tried this week - works great for cold weather.

It's an Arcteryx windbreaker. At least five years old. I like it because it's feather-light and at one time it did a pretty good job of shedding snow without being too warm. But the DWR treatment seems to be getting old and I was getting a little soggy by the time I got to work.
Logged
ryanl
Member
Offline

Posts: 351


Re: January 18, 2012 - Haute Education Route
« Reply #13 on: 01/20/12, 06:16 PM »

Great one Lowell! Makes Seattle feel not so.........seattle
Logged
Oyvind_Henningsen
Member
Offline

Posts: 324


Re: January 18, 2012 - Haute Education Route
« Reply #14 on: 01/20/12, 08:47 PM »

love it
Logged

Lytt til erfarne fjellfolk!
Gregg_C
Member
Offline

Posts: 344


Re: January 18, 2012 - Haute Education Route
« Reply #15 on: 01/21/12, 05:30 AM »

I love checking out the site and finding gems like this.  Thanks for posting.
Logged
dougmcdonnal
1Member
Offline

Posts: 1


Re: January 18, 2012 - Haute Education Route
« Reply #16 on: 01/21/12, 03:04 PM »

That's impressive that you executed those pictures so well.

I got to ski to work Wednesday afternoon too -- the first time since Dec 1990.  I skied from my home in Madrona to Lake Washington and then out to Sand Point (the Olmstead - Burke Gilman Traverse?)  The skiing was surprisingly nice, especially on the BG Trail, which was quite skatable. 

I've always said that if you can ski in Seattle, the conditions are good.  The ski home at 5 am Thursday morning might have busted that theory.  A surprise ice storm, made worse by the sinking feeling that I had just finished my night shift as a forecaster.


* urban_ski_Jan_18-19_2012.jpg (185.3 KB, 800x734 - viewed 1200 times.)

* Madrona_Park.jpg (161.46 KB, 800x600 - viewed 1235 times.)

* montlake_cut.jpg (251.09 KB, 800x600 - viewed 1175 times.)
Logged
Lowell_Skoog
Member
Offline

Posts: 2041


WWW
Re: January 18, 2012 - Haute Education Route
« Reply #17 on: 01/21/12, 06:05 PM »

I got to ski to work Wednesday afternoon too -- the first time since Dec 1990. 

Wow Doug, that's an impressive ski tour for inside the city limits. We are not worthy!  Smiley
Logged
Garth_Ferber
Member
Offline

Posts: 137


Re: January 18, 2012 - Haute Education Route
« Reply #18 on: 01/24/12, 07:59 AM »

Doug - nice shot at the cut. Is this the longest Seattle tour of the January 2012 storm?
Logged
Larry_R
Member
Offline

Posts: 321


WWW
Re: January 18, 2012 - Haute Education Route
« Reply #19 on: 01/31/12, 06:33 PM »

This is great Lowell!

I've been auditing courses at the U just for the fun of it, and I was thinking of skiing to class... but I wondered about what to do with my skis once I got there. Where do I put my skis when I'm at the Suzzallo Library, or at the Parnasus? Where do I put them during a lecture? Up against the wall like people do with their skateboards?  Why are there no lockable ski racks on campus??

:-)
Larry
Logged
Pages: [1] | Go Up Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  



Login with username, password and session length

Thank you to our sponsors!
click to visit our sponsor: Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends
click to visit our sponsor: Marmot Mountain Works
Marmot Mountain Works
click to visit our sponsor: Second Ascent
Second Ascent
click to visit our sponsor: American Alpine Institute
American Alpine Institute
click to visit our sponsor: Pro Guiding Service
Pro Guiding Service
Contact turns-all-year.com

Turns All Year Trip Reports ©2001-2010 Turns All Year LLC. All Rights Reserved

The opinions expressed in posts are those of the poster and do not necessarily
reflect the opinions of Trip Reports administrators or Turns All Year LLC


Turns All Year Trip Reports | Powered by SMF 1.0.6.
© 2001-2005, Lewis Media. All Rights Reserved.