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huskydoc
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December 6th: Timberline
« on: 12/06/14, 03:51 PM »

A brief report sans pictures because, well, there wasn't really anything to take pictures of.

Driven by a desire to a put a new hardshell through its paces and a need to slide on snow regardless of duration or quality, I headed to Timberline with hopes of getting above the 7500ft FL and out of the rain.
The white-out started at the parking lot, along with steady wind out of the southwest @ 5-10, spitting rain. The snowshoe/skin trail is nicely marked, leading up to the Silcox hut and beyond. Skinning was made quite difficult by the presence of a layer of glazed ice covering a soft, saturated crust. Even with crampons, the going was slow. I called it early @ 7600ft as conditions continued to deteriorate. Wind was now a steady 30 mph, gusting to 50-60, with freezing rain that never really quit.

The ride down was definitely IFR/ski-by-braille but with some occasional clearing.
The protected gullies skied surprisingly well with a 3-4 cm layer of saturated fresh. Definitely low-tide conditions with sharks lurking, but with a reasonably firmed-up base run-ins were easy to avoid.

26 months.
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Jimmy Row
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Re: December 6th: Timberline
« Reply #1 on: 12/06/14, 04:00 PM »

Think tomorrow would be worth it, if the weather clears and warms?
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Re: December 6th: Timberline
« Reply #2 on: 12/06/14, 07:44 PM »

Depends on where your "worth it" threshold lies. If you have all day, head north: Crystal, etc.
If not, I mean it rode well enough while unfrozen & soggy. Can't say how it'll behave once everything sets up overnight. 
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flowing alpy
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Re: December 6th: Timberline
« Reply #3 on: 12/07/14, 12:25 PM »

crystal is closed
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huskydoc
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Re: December 6th: Timberline
« Reply #4 on: 12/07/14, 04:02 PM »

crystal is closed

Yeah, I meant to hike. Not much around right now worth paying to ride.

 
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