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.
12/13/19, 01:56 PM

Become a TAY Sponsor!
 
Trip Reports Sponsor
Second Ascent
Second Ascent
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 21, 2005, Mt Adams
:
« previous next »
Pages: [1] | Go Down Print
Author Topic: May 21, 2005, Mt Adams  (Read 2809 times)
curmudgeon
Member
Offline

Posts: 457


May 21, 2005, Mt Adams
« on: 05/24/05, 08:12 AM »

Friday morning. There had been moisture with a 5500' snow level all week, and the forecast was for a break in the storm cycle from midnight to noon on Saturday. Was this a chance to snag some freshies in the SW chutes?  Pow on a volcano in May is a rare treat, one worth making some efforts to find.

I headed south, taking I-5, 215, 7, 14, and fS 23 to Trout Lake, 232 miles from Mt Vernon in 4.5 hours. Napped in the car until the last flurry of the day was spent, leaving the car at 4:30.  

By 6:30 I was in the last clump of trees, at about 7500 ft. Given the increasing wind, it made no sense to go higher, so I dug a cave the size of a luxury coffin and spent the night dreaming of sleep, and listening to my freshies being blown in the general direction of Yakima.

By 8:30 Saturday morning I was standing on polished, pebble ice at the Lunch Counter, looking at the shiny blue patches and 2 ft. saragustri waves on the SW chutes and South face. The light was getting flat, the storm hole closing. Not wanting to volunteer myself for the sort of tortured adventure that sounds like a lot of fun the next day, I pointed downhill. There would be no freshies skied in the SW chutes on this day.  

I enjoyed 3500 ft. of descent through seas of shallow saragustri, patches of smooth, wind packed powder, and softening crust below camp. As I drove south through Trout Lake, I could see only the stump of Adams disappearing into the gathering clouds. I drove home via White Salmon, 141, 252 and I-5 in 5 hours (307 miles).  FS 23 is a half hour and 75 miles shorter that the southern route.
Logged
ron j
TAY Moderator
Offline

Posts: 2602


Re: May 21, 2005, Mt Adams
« Reply #1 on: 05/24/05, 08:57 AM »

A climb well executed and wisely abandoned like a truly seasoned climber that is not so bold as to prematurely end his climbing days  Wink
Nice report, Tim, lots of good judgement, info and stats.
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
Telemon
Member
Offline

Posts: 563


Re: May 21, 2005, Mt Adams
« Reply #2 on: 05/26/05, 01:31 PM »

   I am planning on travelling down to Adams next week. I couldn't find your route on my map, Tim. 14 goes along the Columbia River valley and I couldn't find 215 at all.
  I live across the border, so I will pick up the freeway at Bellingham. I thought that I would get off at exit 127 and then drop down on 7 to Morton, take 12 to Randle, where I would get on FR23. I believe that was the way that I came 5 or 6 years ago to climb the mountain. Does anybody out there know any reasons to avoid this route?
   An old thread stated that the $15.00 permit was required after June 1st. Is this still the case? If so, can they be purchased when the FS office at Trout Lake is closed? How do I find out the office hours?
   This heat wave that we are experiencing now will definitely have an impact on the snow conditions..... hopefully, not too negatively. After reading about the SW slopes last spring, I am anxious to ride my teleskis down them.Even skiing the "dog route" should be more fun than glissading it. I will be checking for updates from this weekend's warriors.
  Thanks, Bob  
Logged

Git down, Brothers and Sisters of the Church of the Telemark..What do you mean it is a turn not a religion?
ron j
TAY Moderator
Offline

Posts: 2602


Re: May 21, 2005, Mt Adams
« Reply #3 on: 05/27/05, 02:55 AM »

Bob - FS Rd 23 should still work for you as before.  As Tim points out, it is the shortest for most of us coming from the north.  Sometimes after the climb, when I'm not feeling up to a windy mountain dirt road and want some services on the way home, I drop down to Hood River and take I-84 to Portland, the 205 cutoff to I-5 & back that way.

The FS Adams Climbing Report page should get the rest of your questions answered.
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
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.