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Jeff Huber

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May 13th, Tline morning patrol, Mt Hood
« on: 05/13/05, 10:28 AM »

Well this was suppose to be a "dawn patrol" but since I showed up 30 minutes late (w/ a very good excuse that is beyond the scope of this TR), we decided this trip was more a "morning patrol". Andy and I got to Tline a bit after 8, with no clear objective except getting some turns and making it back to work in the afternoon. We succeeded. On arrival a lenticular was over the top of the summit and there were broken higher dark clouds. We set off up the Magic Mile and Palmer, reaching the top of the Palmer (2520vft) in an hour and 10minutes. Andy was pushing the pace despite his heavy telemark gear, and a good sized tour w/ Ann the day prior. From the top of Palmer we set our destination on Crater Rock. We found a good skin track a bit above the Palmer that went west of Triangle Moraine. We were making good time, so discussions of ascending to the summit ensued despite that we didn't have axes or 'pons w/ us. "Is it icy thru the pearly gates", we asked a descending climber. We weren't very serious in our summit considerations.

As we got higher the snow got firmer. We skinned to the base of Crater Rock and soon were skinning to the Hogsback. The snow was pretty firm on the traverse around CR and the light was pretty flat, so it kept things a bit interesting. Soon we were at the Hogsback along with copious parties of Mazamas (someone told us there were 24 -- I don't doubt it). We pulled skins and traversed to the highest skiable point on our side of CR. We descend the frozen slope, trying not to ski above the descending Mazamas. As we neared CR's base we traversed west then descended straight down onto the Zigzag glacier. The snow was perfect. It was silky and corn like. Underneath Illuminating Rock Andy led me to some excellent skiing, accessed by traversing west right underneath IR. The terrain here is more interesting (the tracks in the photo are from Ann/Andy's trip the day prior) then the vast majority of the South side. The snow remained silky and many dreamy turns ensued. We skied to about 7500', then traversed east to Zigzag canyon and installed skins to climb above the canyon entrance and back to the Palmer. We ascended a few extra vertical feet then necessary so we could get my altimeter to read an even 5000' of ascent. We skied back down the ski area, the snow was heavy and sticky--not anywhere near the quality we found on the Zigzag.

Our total trip time was 3:48. I've stopped at the Starbucks in Sandy to work, as they've finally installed Tmobile WiFi here (it requires a Tmobile hotspot acct to use).

Andy about to make turns off upper Crater Rock w/ Jefferson in the background:

I had to edit this post to clarify the directions as to where we skied below Illuminaton Rock. To make it more clear, here's a map:
The red arrow is the general area we skied.
« Last Edit: 05/13/05, 05:01 PM by Gaper_Jeffey » Logged


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Re: May 13th, Tline morning patrol, Mt Hood
« Reply #1 on: 05/14/05, 01:31 AM »

Nice trip and pictures, Jeff.  That was a good work out.  By the looks of the weather today and the forecast for tomorrow getting out Thursday and Friday was a good call.

Posts: 2432

Re: May 13th, Tline morning patrol, Mt Hood
« Reply #2 on: 05/15/05, 02:40 PM »

Great trip.  5000 vertical in less than 4 hours makes me tired and envious.  Smiley Zap
Paul Belitz

Posts: 409

Re: May 13th, Tline morning patrol, Mt Hood
« Reply #3 on: 05/15/05, 03:04 PM »

Good way to make the most of the one mountain around!  Wink
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