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Kenji
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March 08, 2015, Sloan Peak
« on: 03/09/15, 01:53 PM »

Not to miss any snow left up high on the NE slopes, David and I headed to Sloan. This time from the Sauk TH on the East side.  We had talked about skiing down to the trail directly in the NE basin, not this time of course.  Beside the trail has many booby traps to discourage skiers from reaching the snow.  The infamous log crossing was fairly straight forward, and we were glad to be on a nice well-defined trail.  There were several obstacles to slow our progress, but eventually we made it to the snowline.  Another 1000' lower snow would make much better suited for skiing, we did get a roughly 50:50 hike/ski ratio.

One of booby traps:


NE slopes:




Revenge of The telemarkers:




Glacier above the East slope, that we didn't ski:


It was a little high on the approach effort scale, but a spectacular alpine setting nonetheless.  More pics here.
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savegondor
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Re: March 08, 2015, Sloan Peak
« Reply #1 on: 03/09/15, 02:53 PM »

do you have gps tracks for this?
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andyrew
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Re: March 08, 2015, Sloan Peak
« Reply #2 on: 03/09/15, 03:22 PM »

Good one!  I've been eyeing those slopes for a while.
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Re: March 08, 2015, Sloan Peak
« Reply #3 on: 03/09/15, 09:00 PM »

Nice work as always. I had to share that log picture on my Facebook Page!
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Re: March 08, 2015, Sloan Peak
« Reply #4 on: 03/09/15, 09:12 PM »

do you have gps tracks for this?

I should have this one saved, but have to check.  I normally use auto-archive, since rarely reuse any saved tracks.  I'll PM you or post it when ready.
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Re: March 08, 2015, Sloan Peak
« Reply #5 on: 03/10/15, 01:28 PM »

Looks amazing up there - great photos.  You guys really earn it on those North Cascades approaches.
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Re: March 08, 2015, Sloan Peak
« Reply #6 on: 03/10/15, 04:42 PM »

During my recent trip to Glacier I was wondering, "When will Kenji make another trip to sloan?"  I was also trying to see the trailhead on our drive out... Doesn't seem like an obvious one.  Any pointers on finding it?
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Re: March 08, 2015, Sloan Peak
« Reply #7 on: 03/10/15, 09:29 PM »

Love your photography, Kenji. Please keep sharing!
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Re: March 08, 2015, Sloan Peak
« Reply #8 on: 03/15/15, 06:00 PM »

do you have gps tracks for this?
Hope this works!  sloan track on Hillmap



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Re: March 08, 2015, Sloan Peak
« Reply #9 on: 03/21/15, 08:11 PM »

At what elevation did you hit deep snow?
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Re: March 08, 2015, Sloan Peak
« Reply #10 on: 03/22/15, 11:51 AM »

Maybe around 4500'. In average snow year, you can easily follow a wide gully down to a meadow at 3500'.  that would be about 3000' of nearly fall line skiing!
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