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January 19, 2013, Columbia Peak, West Face Descent
« on: 01/25/13, 10:19 AM »

Like many, I've long been captivated by John Scurlock's photo of the west face of Columbia Peak.  Previous attempts have been aborted due to stability or coverage issues, but last Saturday the conditions were ripe and in the company of Brian Fletcher, Erik Svege and Eric Wehrly, I was able to climb and ski this glorious line.

Brian and I left Seattle at 3am on Friday.  We covered the ground between Deer Creek and Monte Cristo with the help of headlamps and a brave snowmobile.  The two Erics were already in the Monte Cristo area and had started out slightly ahead of us.  Brian and I opted for a longer but more gradual approach by climbing west out of the Seventysix Creek drainage and gaining the west ridge of Columbia early, while Erik and Eric climbed the lower northwest face of Columbia hoping for a good look at the N. Couloir summit route. 

Eventually we all ended up on the summit in time for the snow to be nearly ideal for a long and exposed descent such as this.  After bagging the summit, we started our ski descent about 50' below the actual high point which was unskiable in it's current state as a pile of loose rock and rime.  We were able to ski continuously through all of the rock bands in the upper face and continued on that aspect until around 5600 feet where we turned the corner to the north and an exit via Seventysix creek and Monte Cristo.

Visit my page for more photos and a video of the adventure:  http://blog.scottrinck.com/freshies/freshies-columbia-peak-sw-face/




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Re: January 19, 2013, Columbia Peak, West Face Descent
« Reply #1 on: 01/25/13, 11:00 AM »

The video segment where you point'em over the rocks and let them ride was particularly nice.  Strong work.
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Re: January 19, 2013, Columbia Peak, West Face Descent
« Reply #2 on: 01/25/13, 11:14 AM »

WOW! Super impressive. And killer weather! Nicely done 
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Re: January 19, 2013, Columbia Peak, West Face Descent
« Reply #3 on: 01/25/13, 11:20 AM »

Awesome trip! Great B&W's. Thanks for sharing!
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Re: January 19, 2013, Columbia Peak, West Face Descent
« Reply #4 on: 01/25/13, 11:51 AM »

That is a really cool thing.
Well deserved "Party ski"!
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Re: January 19, 2013, Columbia Peak, West Face Descent
« Reply #5 on: 01/25/13, 01:01 PM »

Very fine video, Scott! Fine way to spend a sunny day!
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Re: January 19, 2013, Columbia Peak, West Face Descent
« Reply #6 on: 01/25/13, 03:41 PM »

Sheeeit.

This is proabably the best piece of content I've seen in the last couple of years on TAY.

You guys killed it.
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Re: January 19, 2013, Columbia Peak, West Face Descent
« Reply #7 on: 01/25/13, 04:04 PM »

you guys are badass
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Re: January 19, 2013, Columbia Peak, West Face Descent
« Reply #8 on: 01/25/13, 06:13 PM »

Wow, great trip Scott and company -- awesome video too.

Love this one:
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Re: January 19, 2013, Columbia Peak, West Face Descent
« Reply #9 on: 01/25/13, 06:22 PM »

Well done, that's a pretty heavy looking line! Did you see Jason Hummel and party out there? I'm pretty sure that's about when they were in the Columbia Peak vicinity. Hummel's FB page has a couple sweet shots from their trip.
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Re: January 19, 2013, Columbia Peak, West Face Descent
« Reply #10 on: 01/25/13, 07:47 PM »

Wow!  I hope ya'll had a safety meeting beforehand.  Great pics!  Thanks for sharing.
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Re: January 19, 2013, Columbia Peak, West Face Descent
« Reply #11 on: 01/25/13, 08:52 PM »

Thanks for posting for the mere mortals lurking here!
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Re: January 19, 2013, Columbia Peak, West Face Descent
« Reply #12 on: 01/25/13, 10:40 PM »

Nice work dude! I'm jealous!
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Re: January 19, 2013, Columbia Peak, West Face Descent
« Reply #13 on: 01/26/13, 08:37 AM »

Thanks for the TR and great pics (I'm getting into B&W lately too). When Jeff Rich and I skied it a couple years ago it was one of the best descents of my life - we also enjoyed perfect conditions and a gorgeous sunset from the summit, although we had to climb down through the rocks at the constriction which wasn't filled in.

How did you guys get your snowmobiles over the river on your way to Monte Cristo?
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scott_rinck
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Re: January 19, 2013, Columbia Peak, West Face Descent
« Reply #14 on: 01/26/13, 06:14 PM »

Jim,

Thanks.  I've seen a lot of your photography out there as well.  You've definitely covered the Cascades far and wide!

I enjoyed your trip report from your Columbia adventure.  Different time of year, similar level of spectacularity.  What a peak.

The sled made a narrow crossing in some very shallow water well below the main log crossing.
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Re: January 19, 2013, Columbia Peak, West Face Descent
« Reply #15 on: 01/27/13, 02:24 PM »

Did you see Jason Hummel and party out there? I'm pretty sure that's about when they were in the Columbia Peak vicinity.

we saw them hit the summit, but i bet they were too busy dealing with loose hand holds and steep transitions to notice the little specks watching them from the ridge below!  nice work guys!
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Re: January 19, 2013, Columbia Peak, West Face Descent
« Reply #16 on: 01/28/13, 11:34 AM »

Well done, that's a pretty heavy looking line! Did you see Jason Hummel and party out there? I'm pretty sure that's about when they were in the Columbia Peak vicinity. Hummel's FB page has a couple sweet shots from their trip.
Yeah, half of our party (Erik Svege and Eric Wehrly) ran into them on the shoulder of Columbia.  Brian Fletcher and I were nearly at the summit when they were in the vicinity so we missed the opportunity to say hi.  Anyhow, it was great to see another crew of adventurers in such an epic spot with perfect conditions.
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Re: January 19, 2013, Columbia Peak, West Face Descent
« Reply #17 on: 01/28/13, 12:51 PM »

I loved the video.  Keep it up! 

"That's a cool thing"  <-- understatement Smiley
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