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Jeff Huber

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May 7th, 2005, Superbowl, Mt Hood (photos fixed!)
« on: 05/07/05, 08:25 PM »

We had low expectations for today, but surprisingly it turned out to be excellent. The gridpoint forecast called for Mostly Cloudy skies, with a 20% probability of "measurable precipitation". The forecast combined with the poor weather over the past two weekends, the locally overcast/drizzley weather of the past few days and the Tline webcam had lefts us expecting the worst. Our expectations were dead wrong.

As we drove up 26 and 35 it was overcast and even rained a bit, but as we took the exit for MHM a cloudless Mt Hood suddenly came into full view against a bright blue sky. Was I having a car nap dream, or were we really going to have a bluebird day? Luckily the latter. We set our destination as Superbowl, the large apron and series of bowls that runs from the base of the WyEast face to Heather canyon.

It was a bit chilly and windy as we left the car but after about 30 minutes the wind stopped. Layers of clouds were enclosing the valleys surrounding Mt Hood but, with the exception of a few thin clouds, the clouds were not inundating Mt Hood. We skinned up underneath Easy Rider, then underneath Cascade. A very short portage was required over mud near the parking lot. A lot of the snow was clean, fresh white, with only a few patches of older, dirtier snow. From Cascade we continued skinning to 9550', a bit below the steeper portion of the WyEast face. The thin clouds were intermittently surrounding us, and when we reached our high point we were in a cloud. We waited for it to break, then we headed down. Despite it seeming pretty warm, the snow was in great shape consisting of highly quality, intuitive spring snow; I wouldn't classify it as perfect corn but it was close. We skied pitch-by-pitch all the way to the floor of Heather canyon, with the snow remaining surprisingly good for this entire 3500vft descent.

An overview of our route to the canyon floor. The red dot is where we started the descent, and a below the red arrow, out of view of the photo, is where we started skinning back up.

We skinned out of Heather by making a long traverse over perfect snow, planning to head back to the cars once we reached the ski area. Yeah right! The snow we had just skinned was perfect w/ no tracks in it, and soon we found ourselves descending back into Heather. The snow for this pitch was excellent. Our tracks in the corn.

We skinned back out of Heather again, to the top of Shooting Star, then traversed to near the base of Cascade. From here we skied to the car. The snow thru the ski area was mushy and sticky, but it wasn't as bad as we had imagined.

What a wonderful day! If the number of photos taken is any indication of the quality of an outing, today I took 235 photos. Our total vert for the day was 5500ft. This would have been a great day to do the WyEast face, though we had no way to know this from the forecast. Hopefully next weekend :-)

Action photos:
Ann up high, why the edge of the "Black Spider" rock formation in the background
Andy leaving his signature in Heather canyon
Aaron in mid Superbowl, with corn tracks to his right

Not familiar with Mt Hood?
TOPO map overlayed with our GPS track
« Last Edit: 05/08/05, 07:18 AM by Gaper_Jeffey » Logged


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Re: May 7th, 2005, Superbowl, Mt Hood (photos fixe
« Reply #1 on: 05/08/05, 01:12 PM »

Hey - We ran into you leaving the Meadows parking lot (red Subaru).  Good TR; I forgot my camera anyway.  Way better day than we had dared to hope for either.  We didn't go to the bottom of Heather, though wished we had.  I think another week and there will be a lot more mud to walk through from MHM base, i.e. the whole buttermilk lift.  Cloudcap road should hopefully open soon though.  --L

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Re: May 7th, 2005, Superbowl, Mt Hood (photos fixe
« Reply #2 on: 05/09/05, 01:25 AM »

Hi Lou.  Nice to meet your group Saturday.

Great pictures and trip report Jeff.  Finally a day of good ski weather!
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