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Mt. Daniel and WA Pass, May 28-May 31
« on: 06/02/15, 06:51 PM »

We spent May 28-30 on Mt. Daniel.  Then drove to WA May 31 to do the mini Birthday Tour.  Back to civilization yesterday and a busy life so here is the abbreviated TR.

May 28

—arrived at TH around noon, gear sorting and packing ensued
—Thunderstorms threatened us around 3 pm near Cathedral Rock.  We hid in the trees and decided to camp at Peggy’s Pond with nice shelter and a beautiful stream for water rather than the alpine we had intended.

May 29—blue skies in the morning with gathering clouds and T storms by afternoon.

—5 am wake up. And lazy breakfast
—Skin up to Daniel East in beautiful clear skies.





—Down climb the W ridge, access a small snow finger on the N face and ski down 300 feet.







—Off to “middle” Daniel



—ski down the eastern section of the Lynch glacier then crossing over skiers left to the middle of Lynch glacier down to Pea Soup Lake.  Excellent turns all the way.





—Skin back up and around “middle” Daniel then down the far eastern reaches of the Lynch Glacier under (north of) Daniel East.  Again, amazing turns.







—Back up to the giant ridge E of E Daniel and back down to Peggy’s Pond before T Storms catch us at camp.





May 30—blue skies all day.

—Hoping to scout what a trip to Hinman would look like we head to Daniel’s West peak.  Found some familiar people in the register!



—Ski Down the Lynch to 7200 and then back up the far western finger of the Lynch up to Point 7686.  Gaze onto Hinman.





—Excellent turns down to Pea Soup Lake again.



—Skinning out of the alpine oven was brutal.



—High quality turns down the E section of Lynch and back up and out to our camp the same way as the day before… High quality turns.  Surface sloughing found only on direct S slopes in the afternoon.  Easily managed.



—Break down camp and walk out to car.  TH by 5:30 pm.
—Burgers in Cle Elum
—Drive to Lake Chelan by Midnight.  Stay in cheap motel.

May 31—early morning high gray clouds turning into bluebird by noon and on.

—Arise at 5 am.
—Drive to Mazama to the store for excellent breakfast at 7:30 am.
—Blue Lake TH by 8:15 or so.
—Forest walk on summer trail… Amazed at how much snow is gone compared to two weeks prior.  Gaining snow for skinning at 6400 about where the climbers trails break off the main summer trail.
—Excellent skiing down Madison Avenue.







—Patchy route finding into Copper Basin



—Skied out via the Col just SE of Poster Peak.





—Skied amazingly well on N to NE aspects all the way to the valley bottom. 





—Walked out about a mile to the car road where I hitched a ride back to our car.


I've always wanted to do a trip like this.  How many times have I been in a place and said, "I want to just set up a base camp here and ski all over for a few days."  Well, we finally did it.  We skied and camped in luxury and had perfect conditions.
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Re: Mt. Daniel and WA Pass, May 28-May 31
« Reply #1 on: 06/02/15, 10:39 PM »

Sounds like a lot of skiing in one stretch, well done!!
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Re: Mt. Daniel and WA Pass, May 28-May 31
« Reply #2 on: 06/03/15, 08:15 AM »

Nice trip!  I was wondering who was camped at Peggys.  We did a quick outing to East Peak on Friday.  The afternoon T-storm had us sprinting the last few miles of trail back to the car on our return. It must have been a little exciting up there.
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danpeck
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Re: Mt. Daniel and WA Pass, May 28-May 31
« Reply #3 on: 06/03/15, 11:52 AM »

Kenji.... It was a lot of skiing!  And pretty  much type 1 fun skiing the whole time.

Snoholic... It was fun to see your tracks.  I saw those and wondered if I might know the people.  It would have been fun to meet you.  The T storm was fun.  We made it to camp just as the rain came and it didn't last too long. Made for some nice lighting.
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Re: Mt. Daniel and WA Pass, May 28-May 31
« Reply #4 on: 06/03/15, 09:44 PM »

I hate thunder.
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Re: Mt. Daniel and WA Pass, May 28-May 31
« Reply #5 on: 06/04/15, 10:24 AM »

Dan - I think my friend and I met your group in the parking lot on Saturday and talked tents.  Great skiing up there and nice to meet you!
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Re: Mt. Daniel and WA Pass, May 28-May 31
« Reply #6 on: 06/04/15, 11:16 AM »

syoumans... Indeed!
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Re: Mt. Daniel and WA Pass, May 28-May 31
« Reply #7 on: 06/04/15, 12:29 PM »

Wonderful Dan!  Great photos.  Excellent trip.
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