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.
10/20/17, 12:19 AM

Snohomish County
Volunteer Search & Rescue Team
 
Trip Reports Sponsor
American Alpine Institute
American Alpine Institute
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
|-+  2005 Backcountry Trip Reports
| |-+  February 2005 Backcountry Trip Reports
| | |-+  February 21, 2005, black tusk/microwave towers
:
« previous next »
Pages: [1] | Go Down Print
Author Topic: February 21, 2005, black tusk/microwave towers  (Read 9628 times)
kam
Member
Offline

Posts: 511


WWW
February 21, 2005, black tusk/microwave towers
« on: 02/22/05, 12:54 PM »

on a clear day it's hard to miss the Black Tusk's (7598 ft.) distinctive appearance from the top of Whistler.  like most, i've always been impressed by its "tusk-like" northeast side.  i don't know much about the peak, but the thought of skiing it or the terrain around it has intrigued me.  luckily, i finally got the chance to explore the area with Amar Andalkar and Matt Swallows on Monday.

the night before our outting, we scoped out the conditions of the microwave towers access road.  (the towers are located to the west of the Tusk and the microwave road, which is ~8 miles long, is a common way to access the Tusk.)  on Monday morning, after a late start (11am) we returned and donned skis at 2900 ft., about ~3 miles from HWY 99, and began the long climb to the towers (~6400 ft.). the approach on the access road to the towers was 5-miles from our starting point.  the approach has some ups and downs making it feel long, but once at the towers, the view and the terrain opened up.  it's beautiful up there!

our initial goal was to ski the Tusk's north slopes from ~7100 ft., but we decided to stop just above the towers (at 6400 ft.).  before we descended, i ventured up to 6600 ft. to look over the north side.  south and southwest slopes were heavily beaten by the wind, but the snow on the north and sheltered aspects felt nice.  i wish we had time to ski it.  anyway, i made this self portrait just before descending:





skiing down the 200 vf. to the access road from the towers was painful.  the snow was heavily wind/sun crusted.  the ski down on the road wasn't much better and slow.  but since i'm easy to please, the untracked powder along side the road made me pretty happy.  i made a bunch of powder 11s Grin.
« Last Edit: 02/23/05, 03:52 AM by kam » Logged

What do you mean you didn't bring skis?
ron j
TAY Moderator
Offline

Posts: 2577


Re: February 21, 2005, black tusk/microwave towers
« Reply #1 on: 02/23/05, 01:53 AM »

So THAT's why we didn't see you on Sunday.
Cool trip.  Glad you guys had a good weather and a good time.  I'm assuming you skied the KK Garage Customs again.
Logged

"When I stop having fun I'm turnin' around"
"Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future." - Niels Bohr
"If a given person makes it a priority not to die in an avalanche, he or she stands a very good chance of living a long, happy life in the mountains." - Jill Fredston
kam
Member
Offline

Posts: 511


WWW
Re: February 21, 2005, black tusk/microwave towers
« Reply #2 on: 02/23/05, 03:50 AM »

Quote
I'm assuming you skied the KK Garage Customs again.

yes, i did.  i also skied a few days on them at Whistler.  they ski well and they like to go fast.  the only complaint i have is they weigh as much as a pair of water skis.  but i don't mind the width (135mm at the shovel) so much.  anyway, Kelvin and i are working on a lighter, backcountry version.  did you see Kelvin on the new Kung Powders on Sunday?

too bad i missed you guys on Sunday.  it looked fun!

-kam

Logged

What do you mean you didn't bring skis?
allyson
Member
Offline

Posts: 233


Re: February 21, 2005, black tusk/microwave towers
« Reply #3 on: 02/23/05, 08:43 AM »

hey kam, nice photos, it looked gorgeous up there!  are the microwave towers close to another route called the plumber's crack?  similar in name to the one in the tatoosh, but obviously different in appearance.  just wonderin'...
Logged

snowshoe?? why would you??
kam
Member
Offline

Posts: 511


WWW
Re: February 21, 2005, black tusk/microwave towers
« Reply #4 on: 02/23/05, 10:18 AM »

Quote
are the microwave towers close to another route called the plumber's crack?  similar in name to the one in the tatoosh, but obviously different in appearance.  just wonderin'...


yes.  the "other" plumber's crack is steep and deep.  i made a photo of it.  wanna see it??
Logged

What do you mean you didn't bring skis?
Michael
Member
Offline

Posts: 153


WWW
Re: February 21, 2005, black tusk/microwave towers
« Reply #5 on: 02/23/05, 03:52 PM »

Quote

did you see Kelvin on the new Kung Powders on Sunday?


Kelvin seemed to enjoy his skis even in the crusty snow...the skis have great design :-)

Nice pic by the way, Kam.
Logged
gregL
Member
Offline

Posts: 1204


WWW
Re: February 21, 2005, black tusk/microwave towers
« Reply #6 on: 02/26/05, 11:11 AM »

Kam, sorry not to be able to get together for turns after seeing you and Allyson at Whistler on Saturday; the week was dedicated to lift skiing with the family - lots of vertical on "East Coast" like hard pack. Went out a couple of times at twilight for rando laps (Whistler patrol freaked out once when I started skinning up just before sweep, so it had to be after 5:00 PM).

Quite a few interesting potential touring sites visible from 99 to the north of Whistler as well - locals said that Wedge Mt. (three peaks N. or Blackcomb Glacier) and Mt. Currie (just S. of the town of Pemberton) can be epic, but lack of snow this year makes the approaches a bummer.
Logged
kam
Member
Offline

Posts: 511


WWW
Re: February 21, 2005, black tusk/microwave towers
« Reply #7 on: 02/26/05, 04:30 PM »

hey Greg:

it was a wonderful surprise to run into you and your family at Whistler.  maybe next time we'll be able to take a few runs together.  as for the snow, i agreee that it was hard in places, but i managed to find really fun stuff off Spanky's Ladder at Blackcomb.  most sheltered aspects kept the snow relatively soft, and most importantly, carvable!  you could easily sink your edges. Amar and i ran a few laps on Spanky's with smiles, but found the luge course at the bottom interesting.  all we did was straight run it hoping for no surprises from other "quasi-static" skiers on the trail Grin.

at Whistler, the slopes below the cornices on Whistler bowl were nice -- very carvable, but fast.  surprisingly, the homemade skis (the Ahmas) that Kelvin and i made handled the conditions well.  we'll mount rando bindings on them for you to try. i know you're dying to ski a pair of eye-ball engineered skis Smiley.
Logged

What do you mean you didn't bring skis?
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.