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May 16, 2014 - Teanaway environs...
« on: 05/16/14, 04:55 PM »

Had sights set on Cascadian on Stuart. Motivated by the recent April 28 TR.. we knew we wouldn't find the same powder, but were hoping despite the high temps that a freeze might allow some semblance of corn. In hindsight, I'm not really sure why I thought this might happen... lesson learned.

We opted to camp at the end of the driveable road (about 1/2 mile short of TH for our 2WD car). Only 100' further is a ~2' high wall that was stopping all over types of cars as well...

Started up early early Friday morning hoping to hit Cascadian early enough to get up for corn-o-clock. Longs pass still covered with cornices. We couldn't find a safe looking way by headlamp, and conceded to traverse around to the smaller col between Ingalls and Longs (south of 6878). This was a bit of a mess with skis on / off on this WSW exposure. We later could see that if we had poked around near the highpoint east of Longs, we could have found safe passage down towards Ingalls Creek. Hard to see in the dark, though. lesson learned.

By the time we got around to the other pass and enjoyed one ~1000' lap down towards Ingalls, the sun was up, and our views of Stuart were stunning. Unfortunately things were looking a bit bony. While we never quite looked right up the gut of the Cascadian, it certainly wasn't going to be in any sort of corn condition like we had hoped, so we opted to ski some other slopes before taking off on the early side. Gorgeous weather, and we enjoyed both a moon and sun halo.

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Mt Stuart from Longs Pass:


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Great consolation turns on semi firm west face in early morning:
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Re: May 16, 2014 - Teanaway environs...
« Reply #1 on: 05/16/14, 07:41 PM »

We, 3 guys and a black dog in a white van, met you at the trailhead as you came back?  We had a nice tour up Fortune Peak(Pt 7382 above the N Fork Teanaway).  Skied its big SE bowl back timberline ~4pm.  Set off some slow-moving hissers but largely stable, serviceable snow back to the trees where things firmed up considerably.  A good day for old farts.
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Re: May 16, 2014 - Teanaway environs...
« Reply #2 on: 05/18/14, 08:41 AM »

Yup that was us.. glad you found some good snow up there. was a nice surprise for us to be able to drive so far up the road
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Re: May 16, 2014 - Teanaway environs...
« Reply #3 on: 05/18/14, 10:16 PM »

Since most of the route-finding shenanigans happened in the dark, this video primarily highlights the fun we had in the sun.  The skiing was better than I had hoped, given the recent warm weather and slushy skinning in the dark.

https://vimeo.com/m/95690544
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