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

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
12/12/18, 07:36 PM

Become a TAY Sponsor!
Trip Reports Sponsor
Second Ascent
Second Ascent
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.
Info Exchange

NWAC Avalanche
+  Turns All Year Trip Reports
|-+  2013 Backcountry Trip Reports
| |-+  January 2013 Backcountry Trip Reports
| | |-+  Jan 17, 2013, Foolish ski on Fools Day Pk. 5203'
« previous next »
Pages: [1] | Go Down Print
Author Topic: Jan 17, 2013, Foolish ski on Fools Day Pk. 5203'  (Read 1325 times)
John Morrow

Posts: 573

Jan 17, 2013, Foolish ski on Fools Day Pk. 5203'
« on: 01/17/13, 04:48 PM »

Well, oppressive fog/clouds over town was enough to motivate to climb above it even if I guessed the skiing would be less than ideal.  It was worse!
I drove the Salmon La Sac road out of Roslyn and parked at the French Cabin Snowpark.  Then I skinned up, shortcutting the switchbacks of the French Cabin Road through occassionally annoying vine maple and breakable crust.   The real climbing started on the north side of Fools Day, leaving the Thorp Creek Road about 1/2 mile from the French Cabin Junction.  Skinning in the forest sucked, bullet proof drip zone without crampons for traction.  Finally I gained the open north slope hoping for powder but none to be had.  Too low, I guess even in the shade of a steep north aspect.

OK, gain the east ridge then for some more enjoyable skinning, which it was, onward to the top.

Fantastic views up there for such a minor summit!

Now to ski.  Knowing the north side would have been hell I tried the SW ridge to a glade that nearly reaches the valley floor.  First turns were great in a mock corn but then it went to deep doo doo.  Breakable crust, no crust just deep mank, and icy firm all within seconds of one another depending on sun/shade.  I really knew better to be so humbled now.  A low peak east of the crest is not where to be right now!

I was happy just to get down!
The frozen groomed French Cabin Road was fast. homeward!

Some pretty pictures of the area at least!  Snoqualmie Crest peaks, Stuarts, etc

* IMG_1110_1024x768.JPG (179.94 KB, 1000x750 - viewed 567 times.)

* IMG_1121_1024x768.JPG (120.35 KB, 1000x750 - viewed 565 times.)

* IMG_1122_1024x768.JPG (161.67 KB, 1000x750 - viewed 572 times.)
« Last Edit: 01/17/13, 08:32 PM by John Morrow » 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

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.