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August 9, 2014, Flett/Russell Glacier
« on: 08/10/14, 08:47 AM »

Inspired by recent reports and a very memorable trip in mid-July last year, we opted to push for the top of the Russell.  Unfortunately, we ran out of time about 2/3 of the way to the top: there was a good deal of meandering around Spray Park looking for continuous snow, and a few costly mistakes booting up the steeper areas of volcanic rock & talus fields around Ptarmigan Ridge rather than taking the lower, looker's left approach towards the bottom of the Russell.  In short, a very high ratio of walking in boots to sliding on splitboards.

There are more mosquitos than snow in Spray Park.  We found the lowest continuous snow to begin at 46.9151, -121.8193 - but things are melting fast, so keep it in mind.

Suncups are pretty imposing in places, but the Russell proper - from high point down - is the smoothest and best sliding.  There are a number of obvious crevasse areas, though most of just babies, and the one zone of tension that presents more of a risk is easily avoided.

A long day in the mountains, a lot of carries,  a few really great turns, and some beautiful scenery.


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Re: August 9, 2014, Flett/Russell Glacier
« Reply #1 on: 08/10/14, 08:49 AM »

Couple more:


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