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.
12/08/19, 11:31 AM

Become a TAY Sponsor!
 
Trip Reports Sponsor
Pro Guiding Service
Pro Guiding Service
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
| |-+  May 2005 Backcountry Trip Reports
| | |-+  May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
:
« previous next »
Pages: [1] | Go Down Print
Author Topic: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP  (Read 14241 times)
gusk
5Member
Offline

Posts: 84


May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« on: 05/07/05, 04:11 PM »

Rodger, Doug, Justin and I headed out to ski the Frying Pan Glacier.  This was a first time for all of us.  We knew we had picked the right spot when Kam, Paul, Michael, Monica, Allison, and Heather showed up at the trailhead just after us.

I hiked in running shoes almost to the entrance to the basin.  We probably skinned up around 5500ft.  The snow was pretty soft on the lower sections, and we were passed by Kam, Michael, and Paul just as the skinning started to climb up towards the glacier.
The boot pack up to the snout of the glacier area, was nicely kicked in by Paul.  No need for crampons or axes, although his ski crampons were jealously eyed down below.
Over the hump, it was a nice long steady skin up the glacier which showed almost no signs of crevasses.(None where we skinned).  We followed Paul up to Whitman knob and took a nice long break.  All day, our area was in a bright blue sky pocket with sweating buckets on the way up.  
Towards the end of the afternoon, clouds started to fill in from the east.  But we skiied out by the time they were getting towards blocking our views.  Some wind breakable up on the top 400 ft or so of the descent, but super nice turns down the rest of the glacier.  Kinda felt like skiing the Muir Snowfield on a good corn day, same size and great views.
It didn't glop out for us until we were on the last 700 ft or so of snow.
Overall, a great introduction to the Frying Pan Glacier, I'll definitely be back.  

Great to run into other TAY'ers. I'll have a link to photos tomorrow.





Logged
kam
Member
Offline

Posts: 511


WWW
Re: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« Reply #1 on: 05/07/05, 08:14 PM »

Gus and Justin:

it was a nice suprise to see the two of you at the parking area. the Frying Pan was new to me too.  it was Paul Russell's idea to go there you know.  after looking at the weather forecast, we were prepared to get turned around by rain or a whiteout, but we took the risk of going there anyway.  surprisingly, however, the sun was out most of the day.  from Whitman knob (9323 ft.) it looked like the sucker hole just lingered over the Frying Pan and Little Tahoma.  and wow, what a fantastic ski, turn-after-turn of creamy corn, and at least 4k of it!  it was some of the best corn i've skied.  anyway, here's a picture of Gus on the Frying Pan:



A few more photos:
[Justin booting up]
[Justin on top of the world, or should i say, Whitman knob]
[Monika making some nice turns]
[Allyson on the Frying Pan.  Whitman knob is on the right.]
[Paul with Little Tahoma and Rainier in the background.]
[Michael T below the Frying Pan Glacier]
[Paul making fast turns]

i'll post more soon...
Logged

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

Posts: 1223


WWW
Re: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« Reply #2 on: 05/08/05, 04:05 AM »

That picture of Justin on TOTW is COOL.
« Last Edit: 05/08/05, 04:06 AM by gregL » Logged
Joedabaker
Member
Offline

Posts: 1816


Re: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« Reply #3 on: 05/08/05, 04:23 AM »

Awesome photos Kam! Some real finalists for photos of the year! I love that shot with the lens that bends the landscape on top of Whitman!
That is a great hike. Next time you wander up this way give me a shout and see if I can tag along. I live 30 mins from Frying pan Trail head. Unfortunatly I am nursing a sore knee at the moment and puts me on light duty. Angry
I thought Allyson was a snowboarder-is she pulling a switch?
Joe
Logged
Robie
Member
Offline

Posts: 1400


Re: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« Reply #4 on: 05/08/05, 04:59 AM »

Kam er
Thanks for the nice photos and report from the sunny side.
Logged

"I bought my rope at Walmart ,my gloves at costco but paid dearly for my dynafits"
Apparant Moderator of what sucks
Michael
Member
Offline

Posts: 153


WWW
Re: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« Reply #5 on: 05/08/05, 07:19 AM »

Thanks for the TR Gusk! It was great to see you all up there.
Great pix Kam. What a day! 4000 feet of great corn, definitely my best ski on Rainier.

I now know why this is called the frying pan after looking at my (fried) face today Wink
Logged
Jeff Huber
Member
Offline

Posts: 771


Re: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« Reply #6 on: 05/08/05, 07:26 AM »

That looks absurdly good! Well done.

To gain the Fryingpan, what slopes above Summerland did you ascend? The bowl south of Meany Crest, or the slopes west of the shelter? Any estimate if this tour will still go in early June?

BTW, Kam, how did you get that shot of Justin with the bent landscape? A Photoshop effect, or some sort of bubble lens?
« Last Edit: 05/08/05, 07:27 AM by Gaper_Jeffey » Logged

Amar Andalkar
Member
Offline

Posts: 1231


WWW
Re: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« Reply #7 on: 05/08/05, 08:42 AM »

Great trip, folks, and nice photos, Kam. I'm kicking myself now for not heading up there yesterday too, but I just didn't think that the weather would hold (and the Paradise webcams showed clouds and whiteout all day until 7 PM).

I've skied the Fryingpan a few times in fine corn conditions, always in July, it's probably my favorite run below 10K on Rainier. It may be the most scenic too, I love the feeling of being on a high isolated plateau on the upper Fryingpan. I've even experienced the same sucker hole / cloud shadow phenomenon a few years ago when everything else was cloudy all day except Little Tahoma and the Fryingpan area.

Speaking of Little Tahoma . . .
Kam (or others), do you have any photos of the upper Whitman Glacier and south face of Little Tahoma taken from atop Whitman Crest? I'm eager to ski Little Tahoma soon if snow coverage still looks good on that face. Is anyone else interested in skiing that within the next couple of weeks?


Quote
To gain the Fryingpan, what slopes above Summerland did you ascend? The bowl south of Meany Crest, or the slopes west of the shelter? Any estimate if this tour will still go in early June?


There are two main routes for skiers to access the Fryingpan. It sounds like they went straight up the face to climber's right of Meany Crest (i.e. slopes west of the shelter), which is the fastest route but often too steep to skin especially if frozen early in the morning. A nice way to skin the whole way from Summerland is to head south along the (buried) Wonderland Trail and then into the large bowl SE of Meany Crest, skin SE onto the ridge SW of Point 7228, and follow this west to gain the toe of the Fryingpan north of Point 7709. I prefer to skin this way instead of climb the face, but it does take longer via this more circuitous route. The most fun ski descent is definitely the steep face, but in late season parts of it below 7000 ft can become dangerously undercut by streams and waterfalls.

The Fryingpan is usually in good shape crevasse-wise into early August of a typical year, so I would assume that most of June should be fine this year. I've spoken to a ranger stationed at Summerland, she claimed to be comfortable walking unroped on the Fryingpan into August (I'd prefer skis). Inter Glacier should also be fine into at least early June this year, but crevasses become an issue earlier there than on the Fryingpan.

Logged

gusk
5Member
Offline

Posts: 84


Re: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« Reply #8 on: 05/08/05, 03:05 PM »

Thanks Michael, I got hit in the face with the frying pan as well.

A handful of shots:
http://www.gowest.com/photos/thumbnails.php?album=30

Kam, here's a great photo of you:
http://www.gowest.com/photos/displayimage.php?album=30&pos=3

I had a great video of Justin cutting turns on the glacier, but I can only blame user error and glare in that the video never happened.  I'll just have to go back later, I guess.
« Last Edit: 05/08/05, 03:07 PM by gusk » Logged
allyson
Member
Offline

Posts: 233


Re: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« Reply #9 on: 05/08/05, 03:21 PM »

hey all, what a great trip!  we were quite lucky with our little  hole of sun all day.  thanks for tips too on this my second time on teles in the bc (to answer your question, joedabaker Smiley )...don't tell the snowboarders, but it sure is a heck of a lot easier (and lighter!) to skin up rather than shoe...and despite my less-than-graceful decent, i might be able to be convinced to do it again!  Grin
Logged

snowshoe?? why would you??
Paul_Russell
Member
Offline

Posts: 236


Re: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« Reply #10 on: 05/08/05, 03:46 PM »

What a great day with old and new friends.  Enjoyed finally meeting you and skiing together Kam.  Thanks for all the special pics from that new fisheye lens.  Sometimes luck is better than skill in predicting the weather and conditions, and we sure hit it right.  Just when you think the clouds are moving in, you push on and get that clearing and sun.  

Yes, we went straight up the face which is the most direct.  Conditions were perfect for booting and kicking good steps.

As mentioned above, the conditions were excellent corn for most of the 4000' descent from Whitman Crest.  One short run from the top on the more N aspect was a bit crusty, but further to the skier's right was quite good.  No sign of the bergschrunds on the steeper roll off Meany Crest which was an outstanding steeper pitch (see pictures).  Note, our descent was pretty late in the PM, around 3:30.

Here are a few pics including one of Little Tahoma and the Whitman Gl, Amar, which looked to be in excellent shape for a descent.  Yes, would be interested in skiing if schedule allows.

http://community.webshots.com/album/341611148ZQYUKP?1

Gus, thanks for the TR and additional pics.  Very nice.  BTW, I found an integral designs stuff sack and water bag on the trail out if anyone is missing it.




« Last Edit: 05/08/05, 04:17 PM by Paul_Russell » Logged
Monika
Member
Offline

Posts: 141


Re: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« Reply #11 on: 05/08/05, 04:23 PM »


Wow, what a trip with fantastic views, terrain and snow and all the fun company  Cheesy   Thanks so much Paul, Gus and Kam for sharing those awesome pics.  

I'm going to thank the Park service for opening that road unusually early.
Logged
JibberD
Member
Offline

Posts: 608


Re: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« Reply #12 on: 05/08/05, 05:27 PM »

Damn Kam, the Kam cam. in your hand was in nice form on these shots.

Thanks for the trip reports and photos.  That place looks pretty sweet.
Logged

-Doug O
Amar Andalkar
Member
Offline

Posts: 1231


WWW
Re: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« Reply #13 on: 05/08/05, 06:22 PM »

Quote
Here are a few pics including one of Little Tahoma and the Whitman Gl, Amar, which looked to be in excellent shape for a descent. Yes, would be interested in skiing if schedule allows.


Thanks for the nice photo Paul, I agree that Little T looks perfect right now. High pressure should be building Wed-Fri this week with 9000-10000 ft freezing levels, which should be just right for skiing that face. I'd like to take a shot at it.

Logged

Jeff Huber
Member
Offline

Posts: 771


Re: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« Reply #14 on: 05/08/05, 07:18 PM »

Quote
http://www.gowest.com/photos/displayimage.php?album=30&pos=1

Oh MY! *wiping slobber off keyboard* Did I just see a pair of Trab skis with Dynafits? I didn't know Trab skis were even allowed to be used in North America, let alone by someone not wearing a neon one-piece Schoeller suit.

PS: More nice photos Gus and Paul!
« Last Edit: 05/08/05, 08:45 PM by Gaper_Jeffey » Logged

kam
Member
Offline

Posts: 511


WWW
Re: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« Reply #15 on: 05/08/05, 08:15 PM »

like i said, the Frying Pan is hot, so go get it now!!

Quote
To gain the Fryingpan, what slopes above Summerland did you ascend? The bowl south of Meany Crest, or the slopes west of the shelter? Any estimate if this tour will still go in early June?

here's a topo of the Fryingpan area and our route (approximately).  here's a visual of the route from Summer Land, with the location where we booted.  Paul, Monika and others, please correct me if i'm wrong.  the vertical gain from the road to Whitman Crest is roughly 5400 ft.

Quote
BTW, Kam, how did you get that shot of Justin with the bent landscape? A Photoshop effect, or some sort of bubble lens?

Jeff, i used a 10.5mm Nikkor DX fisheye lens to achieve the "bent" effect.  the lens is specially designed for Nikon digital SLRs that have image planes smaller than standard 35mm SLR cameras.  and because of the 1.5x multiplication factor, the lens is equivalent to a standard SLR 16mm fisheye.  also, the lens has a viewing angle of 180-degress from corner-to-corner (diagonally).  as a result, i find it a challenge to keep my shadow, and sometimes my feet, out of the picture, for example.  it is very, very fun though! Grin  oh, Photoshop has a "spherize" distortion feature, but it's not quite the same as real glass.  a couple more photos made using the fisheye: [Paul dropping in from Whitman Crest][Justin, Gus and Monika]

Amar: a couple photos (1200px width) showing Little Tahoma [photo 1][photo 2]

edited to add:

Paul and Gus, very, very nice photos!!  thanks for sharing!
« Last Edit: 05/08/05, 08:18 PM by kam » Logged

What do you mean you didn't bring skis?
gusk
5Member
Offline

Posts: 84


Re: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« Reply #16 on: 05/09/05, 02:08 AM »

Paul,
 That water bag might be Doug's.  He had a camelbak bladder inside a stuff sack, and I know he pulled it out around this time:
http://www.gowest.com/photos/displayimage.php?album=30&pos=9

I've sent him an email.

Very cool ski photos!
Logged
jdclimber
Member
Offline

Posts: 278


Re: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« Reply #17 on: 05/09/05, 04:02 AM »

Great day with great company!
Thanks for all the great pics guys. Don't know about you all, but have gotten even funnier looking than in the pictures with a classic bandana forehead burn, and lobster claws with the gloveless sunburn. Kam/Paul posse, real glad we bumped into you, next time we ought to plan it.  :->
Cheers- Justin
Logged
David_Coleman
Member
Offline

Posts: 382


Re: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« Reply #18 on: 05/09/05, 06:00 AM »

Kam - nice photos...say, do you own a fish-eye lens??  that 1st pic looks like it's taken with one.
Logged
allyson
Member
Offline

Posts: 233


Re: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« Reply #19 on: 05/09/05, 07:12 PM »

hey folks, check out this viddy (1.3 MB) of the kamster tearin' it up on the doinks.  not too shabby for a little point and shoot! Wink
Logged

snowshoe?? why would you??
ron j
TAY Moderator
Offline

Posts: 2602


Re: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« Reply #20 on: 05/10/05, 01:26 AM »

High-Five, Ally, You're getting hot with that new flick machine.  Wink
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
jt
Member
Offline

Posts: 122


Re: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« Reply #21 on: 05/10/05, 04:03 AM »

Quote
Speaking of Little Tahoma . . .I'm eager to ski Little Tahoma soon if snow coverage still looks good on that face. Is anyone else interested in skiing that within the next couple of weeks?


Very interested. Propose a date and I'll see if I can make it work. I planned for Little T last June, but the weather crapped out so we aborted the idea. Still high on my list of things to do. I cannot do it this weekend (14th/15th).
Logged

jt
wolfs
Member
Offline

Posts: 634


Re: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« Reply #22 on: 05/10/05, 06:24 AM »

Did Goat Island Mountain still look like it might be viable for the upcoming weekend? (I think) I could see just a sliver of it in the BG in this shot:
http://www.gowest.com/photos/displayimage.php?album=30&pos=3
... and that looked OK albeit thinning.
Logged
gusk
5Member
Offline

Posts: 84


Re: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« Reply #23 on: 05/10/05, 04:04 PM »

Quote
Did Goat Island Mountain still look like it might be viable for the upcoming weekend? (I think) I could see just a sliver of it in the BG in this shot:
http://www.gowest.com/photos/displayimage.php?album=30&pos=3
... and that looked OK albeit thinning.


wolfs, this photo I think shows the southern end of your mountain a little better?
http://www.gowest.com/photos/albums/userpics/10003/roger.JPG
It looked like it had coverage higher up, but anything south facing and lower than 7k is probably slushy early in the morning.  Hope that helps.
Logged
Joedabaker
Member
Offline

Posts: 1816


Re: May 7, 2005, Frying Pan Glacier MRNP
« Reply #24 on: 05/10/05, 04:12 PM »

Quote
Did Goat Island Mountain still look like it might be viable for the upcoming weekend? ... and that looked OK albeit thinning.

I don't have the first hand like the crew that climbed, but just looking at the Goat showed great potential on the North pitches. Viewed from Big Bertha 2 viewpoint on 410 up the White River drainage.
Sidenote**I saw fresh snow on the Crystal base cam earlier today at about 5000ft. It rained nearly 2" of precip, so there may be some slide activity above 5 or 6000ft. So keep an eye out. This is where I respectfully defer opinion to Amar the weathermaster. Cheesy
Joe
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
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.