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May 5, 6, 2005, Iron Peak
« on: 05/07/05, 01:14 AM »

Based on the conditions last week on Little Navaho, I was guessing that the NE face of Iron Peak would still be skiable this week. You never would have guessed it hiking up the Beverly Creek trail however. Faith!    Smiley

Low clouds Thursday morning, and then light drizzle in the afternoon after I was set up in the tent and taking my usual nap.  It cleared off overnight and Friday was a great day for skiing.  I could put the skis on near the Fourth Creek trail junction, and had the best luck staying fairly close to the creek for a while. Got to the top at about 8:00 am, none too soon really. There were too many rocks showing just under the summit, so I chose a spot maybe 100 vf down the ridge which turned out to be excellent. My first ski check pushed off a slush slide that just seemed to keep going and going in slow motion, all the way to the bottom. It also created the largest sun wheel I have ever seen; the size of a tire on an eighteen-wheeler. The next ski check caused another sun wheel maybe even bigger that slowly crept down the hill until it had a wreck when it ran into a rocky outcrop.  Smiley

The ski down was great, and no slush slides behind me although I was expecting it. I think that the there will still be enough snow for this trip for another 3 or 4 days depending on the weather, but timing important. If the sun is out, I think the snow would probably slush out completely by ~9:00 in the morning.

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Re: May 5, 6, 2005, Iron Peak
« Reply #1 on: 05/07/05, 11:28 AM »

Thanks for the report Larry (and all of your previous reports too). Glad that you had a Teanaway ski season this year - it doesn't look like I will have one.  Angry
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