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Jeff Huber

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April 9th, 2005, Newton Creek Canyon, Mt Hood
« on: 04/09/05, 08:30 PM »

Today was amazing. The snow forecasted for Friday/Friday night never materialized, which ended up working out well. We arrived at HRM at 9. It was a perfect Spring morning, the sky was bright blue and there was a slight chill in the shade. We skinned up the Elk Meadows trail, then up the Newton Creek trail. Skinning thru the woods was very pleasant, we managed to stay on the un-blazed NC TR for most of the way, with a slight bushwack when we lost the TR towards its end. As we got closer to treeline we became aware of enormity of the canyon we were in. It was huge and beautiful.

Above treeline we skinned up the minor riblet at 5650' to the top of Pea Gravel Ridge, the west ridge of Newton Creek Canyon. The views from here were sublime. Above us was a complete view of the upper east side of Mt Hood with the Wyeast face, the Spider rock formation and the wide, smooth Newton Clark glacier. To our left was Heather Canyon chock full of snow, and to the right was Newton Creek Canyon and Gnarl Ridge (which boosts excellent Spring chute skiing in a normal year). Click to see panorama. To the South clouds were beginning to form but they never inundated the mountain.

We descended the open ridge slightly south of our skin track on an aspect that was east and slightly south facing. Here we found phenomenal snow. It was conslidated with the top layer being what we'll term "dry corn". It hadn't fully transitioned to corn but it was very close and just as fun to ski. To illustrate how good the snow was, I almost always stop mid pitch to take photos. The skiing here was so good I descended virtually the entire run before stopping. Three and a half more laps of this ensued.

Me composed from several shots:

More photos:
[Ann][Andy][Aaron][Me again]

As we headed out of the canyon we stopped to admire our tracks. It was satisfying to see our marks on the canyon wall were earlier was just a clean sheet of white. There where no other visible tracks in the canyon, and the only other person we saw the entire day was a cross country skier who stayed in the woods.
« Last Edit: 04/10/05, 06:57 PM by Gaper_Jeffey » Logged


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Re: April 9th, 2005, Newton Creek Canyon, Mt Hood
« Reply #1 on: 04/11/05, 04:36 AM »

looks great and completely diferent than what we experienced on the same mountain
we took off from Timberline @ 6:30 am headed up to the palmer glacier, it was cold, cloudy and wind blowing gusts in excess of 60mph. on the way up the galcier we gat a peak of the mountain on rare ocasions until we got to the top of the lift were everything opened up for us. it was a beutiful blue ski day, the wind was still howling we proceeded up the glacierto the devils kitchen snow condition were good.
took off the skis and put on crampons for the hogs back and the trip thru the perly gates, ferm snow and the berg was completely closed and covered. the wind was sheltered in the the devils kitchen area and until we got near the sumit were it was blowning hard again, this is noon, we stayed 15 minutes or so on the sumit we started down. we down climbed a couple hudred feet thru a shoot to the west of the normal route and started skiing downvery nice.
@ 10000' or so the clouds and wind pick up again and a complete white out visability of maybe 30 feet, we were able to find the chair lift and limped down in into the abiss of  the white out until we got to the lodge, the ski area had the Palmer lift closed.

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Re: April 9th, 2005, Newton Creek Canyon, Mt Hood
« Reply #2 on: 04/11/05, 07:49 AM »

 ;DThis had to be one of the best trips of the year. Grin Polarhounda, the wind picked up a couple times but died off immediately. For the most part the day was warm and sunny, perfect spring skiing.


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Re: April 9th, 2005, Newton Creek Canyon, Mt Hood
« Reply #3 on: 04/11/05, 09:45 AM »

Cool sequence, Jeff. Was this done using the Photoshop "extract" function as recently mentioned on forum "B"? All we need now is the side-by-side comparision with Bode Miller doing the same turn . . . on Dynafits.
Jeff Huber

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Re: April 9th, 2005, Newton Creek Canyon, Mt Hood
« Reply #4 on: 04/11/05, 10:08 AM »

Yup that was done using the Extract filter as discussed on "forum b". It was pretty time consuming to do, but now that I know how to I think it'll be faster in the future.

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