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Rowan Stewart
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October 19-20, 2013, Heliotrope ridge
« on: 10/21/13, 11:26 PM »

With warm temps, full moon, and a recently re-opened glacier creek road, heliotrope ridge beckoned me. After a family obligation on saturday afternoon, I drove to the trailhead, and was hiking by 830pm. A headlamp, safety break, and tunes made the hike pretty fun, though i did manage to lose the trail 3 times. Ditched my trail shoes just past the turn turn off for the overlook, and followed a crusty bootpack up towards hogsback camp. I got to the camp a little after 1030, found a nice little patch of dirt to ditch my overnight gear at, and continued booting up. Once on continuous snow the headlamp was optional - the whole mountain was lit up by the full moon.





I followed a mess of ski tracks, skin tracks and boot tracks up to the top of the ridge. The snow was far better than I expected. There was about three inches of unconsolidated sugar under a soft crust and some wind deposited snow on top of that in places. i'm sure it doesn't sound great, but I rode nicely, and doing it by moonlight made it that much better. I hit the sleeping bag a little after midnight and had a great sleep.



In the morning i made some double strength instant coffee, then skinned up to the westernmost highpoint of the ridge.






I lounged around on the highpoint taking in the views and feeling sorry for all of the lowlanders underneath the fog. The run down was awesome, definitely the best october turns i've had.


The leftmost track was my doing

Skinned back up to the the top of the ridge and followed it until it meets the coleman.



From there I rode back to camp on much firmer snow than the first run. The were a few mini crevasses that I had to dodge but that just added to the fun. packed up camp and adventure skied my down to the treeline. (lots of rocks, grass, and a few staring hikers) I recovered my trail shoes and rode my wave of stoke back to the car. I really lucked out with the conditions, and can't wait to get out again!



video: http://vimeo.com/77464654
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MtnPavlas
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Re: October 19-20, 2013, Heliotrope ridge
« Reply #1 on: 10/21/13, 11:37 PM »

Wow, what a sweet way to bag October. Thanks for the idea... full moon riding, hmm, tasty.
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MattT
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Re: October 19-20, 2013, Heliotrope ridge
« Reply #2 on: 10/21/13, 11:40 PM »

awesome, well done.
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jtack
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Re: October 19-20, 2013, Heliotrope ridge
« Reply #3 on: 10/21/13, 11:45 PM »

Great ski! Great photos, green with envy!
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Re: October 19-20, 2013, Heliotrope ridge
« Reply #4 on: 10/22/13, 10:57 AM »

Nice TR!

Glacier Creek Road is open? Good to know!! I take it that you can get all the way up to the trailhead, ya?
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Re: October 19-20, 2013, Heliotrope ridge
« Reply #5 on: 10/22/13, 06:08 PM »

sounds like a damn fun trip!  it's always a pleasure to be out under a full moon.
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Re: October 19-20, 2013, Heliotrope ridge
« Reply #6 on: 10/22/13, 06:42 PM »

Thanks for the report.  Feeling blessed by whatever cosmic lottery that brought me this enjoyable place.  For those languishing in the fog-bound nether regions of the Puget Sound basin(like me last weekend in Lakewood), respite is only a drive toward the passes away.
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runcle
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Re: October 19-20, 2013, Heliotrope ridge
« Reply #7 on: 10/22/13, 06:49 PM »

Yea!
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Bird Dog
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Re: October 19-20, 2013, Heliotrope ridge
« Reply #8 on: 10/22/13, 07:01 PM »

Nice. Beautiful night/moon shot
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Re: October 19-20, 2013, Heliotrope ridge
« Reply #9 on: 10/22/13, 09:31 PM »



The leftmost track was my doing


I can take claim to that center track, getting a little playful, and that mess of skin tracks...

We were up there on the 19th during the day in the sun.
Sounds like the same conditions you got.
Went for a few laps trying to chase the quickly fading sun.

I wish I would have thought to bring the overnight gear, laps would have continued through the night!
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all mtn
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Re: October 19-20, 2013, Heliotrope ridge
« Reply #10 on: 10/25/13, 08:16 PM »

Man, you had great photo light at both day and night
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spionin
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Re: October 19-20, 2013, Heliotrope ridge
« Reply #11 on: 10/28/13, 03:32 PM »

nice photos!
did you, by chance snap any of colfax (just a liiiiiiiitle to the right of baker)??

thanks.
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mtngeek
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Re: October 19-20, 2013, Heliotrope ridge
« Reply #12 on: 10/28/13, 07:03 PM »

nice photos!
did you, by chance snap any of colfax (just a liiiiiiiitle to the right of baker)??

thanks.d

I assume you are wondering about the ice climbing conditions?Smiley Cosley-Houston is not in, the upper pillar is super thin and has not touched down, the lower pitches look pretty thin too, same on the Polish route...
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spionin
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Re: October 19-20, 2013, Heliotrope ridge
« Reply #13 on: 10/29/13, 02:45 PM »

I assume you are wondering about the ice climbing conditions?Smiley Cosley-Houston is not in, the upper pillar is super thin and has not touched down, the lower pitches look pretty thin too, same on the Polish route...

indeedy.
thank you guys for replies.  -veronika
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