telemark skiingbackcountry skiingPacific NorthwestWashington and Oregonweather linksThe Yuki AwardsMt. Rainier and Mt. Adams
Turns All Year
www.turns-all-year.com
  Help | Search | Login | Register
Turns All Year Trip Reports
Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
11/22/17, 09:33 PM

Become a TAY Sponsor!
 
Trip Reports Sponsor
Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends
Turns All Year Trip Reports
(1) Viewing these pages constitutes your acceptance of the Terms of Use.
(2) Disclaimer: the accuracy of information here is unknown, use at your own risk.
(3) Trip Report monthly boards: only actual trip report starts a new thread.
(4) Keep it civil and constructive - that is the norm here.
 
FOAC Snow
Info Exchange


NWAC Avalanche
Forecast
+  Turns All Year Trip Reports
|-+  2015 Backcountry Trip Reports
| |-+  December 2015 Backcountry Trip Reports
| | |-+  December 31, 2015 - Mt. St. Helens - Soft Slabs
:
« previous next »
Pages: [1] | Go Down Print
Author Topic: December 31, 2015 - Mt. St. Helens - Soft Slabs  (Read 1369 times)
Equipe
5Member
Offline

Posts: 10


December 31, 2015 - Mt. St. Helens - Soft Slabs
« on: 01/01/16, 09:07 AM »

A happy and safe 2016 tour season to all...

Access road to MSH is in good condition with the usual over-flow of snowmobile rigs on a snowy holiday week and weekend.

Toured Swift Creek to 4500' and wind strength increased the higher one moved above treeline. Over the previous 24 to 36 hours, a cold and strong east/north-east wind has been moving a great deal of snow around and creating variable slab conditions due to the variety of slope angles. The wind banners were spectacular to watch during the skin up.

More wind last night and today' forecast (Friday), still calling for winds in the 25+ mph range and below freezing temperatures. May have a chance to tour higher and re-evaluate on Sunday.

The south side of Mt. St. Helens has a tendency to stabilize fairly quickly after new snowfall. At the same time, I'm always very respectful of the evidence of powder avalanche destruction that's visible once you leave the trees and begin crossing the boulder field leading to Chocolate Falls. Over the last half dozen years, young new trees have started to fill in and the damage is no longer so visible. More damage is also visible above Chocolate Falls in the drainage that's to climber's right of Swift Creek. 

After the past 4 seasons of Junuary skiing on MSH, I need to remind myself that this is a brand new year with completely different conditions and risks that are constantly changing.

Cheers and be safe out there in all that you do...



Logged
blackdog102395
Member
Offline

Posts: 307


Re: December 31, 2015 - Mt. St. Helens - Soft Slabs
« Reply #1 on: 01/01/16, 09:22 AM »

Originally planned on lapping Monitor Peak.  It was obvious that wasn't going to happen after breaking out of the trees and seeing the snow plumes billow hundreds of feet in the air off the ridge.  Just to satisfy my curiosity I did nose over that way off the main climbing route.  Everything was crazy cross loaded.  Scary.

Toured up to about 5500K on the main route before the wind finally sent me packing. I was almost blown off my feet several times.  The ski down climbers left of the route was uneventful on a mix of wind scoured and pockets of wind blown powder.  All in all nice to be out in so much snow and sun, but the wind made for a short day.
Logged
Pages: [1] | Go Up Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  



Login with username, password and session length

Thank you to our sponsors!
click to visit our sponsor: Feathered Friends
Feathered Friends
click to visit our sponsor: Marmot Mountain Works
Marmot Mountain Works
click to visit our sponsor: Second Ascent
Second Ascent
click to visit our sponsor: American Alpine Institute
American Alpine Institute
click to visit our sponsor: Pro Guiding Service
Pro Guiding Service
Contact turns-all-year.com

Turns All Year Trip Reports ©2001-2010 Turns All Year LLC. All Rights Reserved

The opinions expressed in posts are those of the poster and do not necessarily
reflect the opinions of Trip Reports administrators or Turns All Year LLC


Turns All Year Trip Reports | Powered by SMF 1.0.6.
© 2001-2005, Lewis Media. All Rights Reserved.