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Forest McBrian
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January 23-24, 2014, Pickets, West McMillan Spire
« on: 01/26/14, 09:57 PM »

I walked up Goodell Creek Thursday afternoon and camped around 4500' feet on the standard approach to Terror Basin. I reached snow around 3,000' and postholed through tight trees for about 800' before things opened up; from there it was easy going.

Jason, Sky and Phil skied West McMillan almost exactly 7 years ago; likely others have done it since then, too. It's a great ski line! It feels like McMillan cirque is right under the tips of your skis the whole time. I went to the true summit but due to thin snow I skied from right under the 3rd class step on the west end of the summit ridge.

The snow above 4,000 is awesome right now. This window would have been a good time to go big in the North Cascades--and who knows, maybe someone is doing that right now?

It's the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and I am feeling very grateful toward the far-seeing folks who brought it to pass. 


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Oyvind_Henningsen
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Re: January 23-24, 2014, Pickets, West McMillan Spire
« Reply #1 on: 01/27/14, 07:22 AM »

Way to go Forest !  Yeah, the relief exposure on W Mac is something to behold ;-)
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Lytt til erfarne fjellfolk!
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Re: January 23-24, 2014, Pickets, West McMillan Spire
« Reply #2 on: 01/27/14, 07:26 AM »

Nice one, Forest.  It sure is spectacular on top of West Mac.
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Re: January 23-24, 2014, Pickets, West McMillan Spire
« Reply #3 on: 01/27/14, 07:46 AM »

Excellent Forest!  Petite traversee atlantique pour taquiner le nord-ouest sauvage!
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Jake the Brit
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Re: January 23-24, 2014, Pickets, West McMillan Spire
« Reply #4 on: 01/27/14, 09:13 AM »

The madness of it all.....
ribbon in the sky'


(Scurlock from '03 Nov...')


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Re: January 23-24, 2014, Pickets, West McMillan Spire
« Reply #5 on: 01/27/14, 09:30 AM »

Smiley!   A few other parties have skied West Mac -- couldn't dig up the cascadeclimbers TR (Tony Bentley et al.?) in a minute or two.

Great choice for this weather.
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Re: January 23-24, 2014, Pickets, West McMillan Spire
« Reply #6 on: 01/27/14, 02:55 PM »

Forest has a way of picking the perfect adventures given the time, season, conditions etc…

Kind of like those people who are really good at picking the right sort of ice cream to go with a specific meal, or cheese with wine. 
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