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May 8, Mount Angeles
« on: 05/13/13, 11:19 PM »

This was a last minute trip to check out skiing on the Peninsula where neither of us had skied before. Dennis heard rumor that Hurricane Ridge was “closer than you think” and indeed, after taking the 6:20 am ferry, we were at our destination in under 2.5 hours. Wohoo! We didn’t quite make it out of the parking lot before a bus unloaded a bunch of tourists who asked us if we were going to ski downhill and how we were going to get back up the hill. Next question was - is this your first time doing this kind of thing? Yup, first time Wink

We left tourist town and walked along the ridge toward Mt Angeles. At places the ridge was completely melted out, requiring short carries. We checked out some impressive climax avalanche paths along the way. Even though we didn’t really come with a particular plan (or beta), Mt Angeles looked promising and we just followed the snow until we reached the summit block. Unsure if it would go, we went up some 2nd and 3rd class rock, curved around to the N side and after short climb up a snow slope, we stood on the summit which offered great views. We descended back to our skis and skied down to the ridge. The snow was really wet and mushy but skied relatively ok.

Hurricane Ridge is a lot closer than you think, right? We drove to Kingston but were just a couple minutes late and waved our ferry bye bye. To save time, we drove to Bainbridge to catch a different ferry but were, oh just a few minutes late. It wasn’t before 10 pm when we finally got to Seattle, woot, woot! 

Here are a few pictures:

Sooo, variable avy danger today, hm:

Only good for telemarking, don't even try if you're on AT gear!

Summit views:

NWAC's representation on the slopes:

A few more pics and topo here:

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