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Paul_Russell
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December 10, 2005, Sahale Peak
« on: 12/14/05, 09:33 AM »

The Cascade River Road is easily passable to milepost 20 (Eldorado Creek) where it is gated leaving about 3 mi to the TH.  Monika and I started from the car at 8:30am and made it to the top of the Sahale Glacier by about 2:30pm (~8mi and 6600' gain).  It's still a bit boney in spots in the basin heading up to Cascade Pass, but no problem negotiating with one short section to walk across.  It was a beautiful day with great views. Snow conditions were very mixed (and a good test for my new Dynafit FR 10 tele skis).  Windpacked up top, but very skiable. A few pockets of nicer snow below, crust heading down from the pass.  If you go this weekend, please be careful not to ski over exposed vegetation on Sahale Arm.
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Re: December 10, 2005, Sahale Peak
« Reply #1 on: 12/14/05, 09:56 AM »

Nice work! I like to see people that don't ask for beta and just go for it. Good stuff  Grin
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Re: December 10, 2005, Sahale Peak
« Reply #2 on: 12/14/05, 10:34 AM »

Great picture of the pass with the cloud in the valley!
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Re: December 10, 2005, Sahale Peak
« Reply #3 on: 12/14/05, 11:56 AM »

awesome... I'm suprised you were able to drive that far on the road, I would have expected it was under quite a bit of snow.
was the snow refrozen up high?  Sounds like just wind-packed, not sun-crusty?
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Re: December 10, 2005, Sahale Peak
« Reply #4 on: 12/14/05, 11:59 AM »

Just windpacked, not crusty for the top 500' or so on the glacier where its steeper.  Actually soft enough to send down a few small pinwheels.  The only real crust we found was coming back down from the pass into the basin.  But it was pretty warm at the higher evelations on Sat; I expect it might be different this weekend with the lower freezing levels.

The Park Service could only say that the road was gated but had no info regarding how passable it would be. Thought it would be worth a try since its only at 2200' elevation, and decided we'd do Little Devil from the Monogram Lake TH as an alternative (at 1300').
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Re: December 10, 2005, Sahale Peak
« Reply #5 on: 12/15/05, 12:54 AM »

Sorry for the dumb ass post, just trying to picture where you went.  The 3 miles to the TH was the same TH that would take you to the Torment-Forbidden travers and or Sharkfin tower?  Then you skied from the summit down to Cascade pass and then down the road from Cascade pass?  Sorry for this Smiley

So my Q is, how was it taking the skis up that trail?  If it is the same trail I has having a hell of a time in places durring the summer with trees and I was not packing skis.
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Re: December 10, 2005, Sahale Peak
« Reply #6 on: 12/15/05, 01:30 AM »

No we didn't go into Boston Basin or summit.  We went to Cascade Pass and up Sahale Arm; only followed the summer trail a short distance then made as direct line as possible up the basin to the pass.  We considered going up the Boston Basin trail and skiing the Quien Sabe Gl, but opted not to, partly for the reasons you mentioned that its a more difficult approach.
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Re: December 10, 2005, Sahale Peak
« Reply #7 on: 12/15/05, 01:35 AM »

thanks for another great trip Paul !  Cheesy



Started skinning up the trail to Cascade Pass for only the beginning and then crawled/slid/pulled through  Wink the Alder for a short while before actually heading across and onto the valley floor to skin up what we could then see as the best way to ski down.  On the way down we had a nice view of a long thread of snow to take us within 25m of the parking lot so the Alder crawling was much more minimal.  
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Re: December 10, 2005, Sahale Peak
« Reply #8 on: 12/15/05, 03:42 AM »

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention the alder Smiley
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Re: December 10, 2005, Sahale Peak
« Reply #9 on: 12/15/05, 08:29 AM »

You can usually avoid the alder altogether if you leave the road at the last hairpin turn (right next to the river).
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Re: December 10, 2005, Sahale Peak
« Reply #10 on: 12/15/05, 06:34 PM »

Nice pictures and great timing!! Must be pretty cool to have this entire valley to yourselves!
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Re: December 10, 2005, Sahale Peak
« Reply #11 on: 12/16/05, 12:49 AM »

Thanks for the info.  Again, nice trip.  I really like the pick of the skier and the vally of fog.  

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Re: December 10, 2005, Sahale Peak
« Reply #12 on: 12/24/05, 01:47 AM »

VERY nice! I'm gonna have to go there sometime.  Anyone want to join me for it, some time in January?

Oh yeah.. hope ya don't mind I used one of your pics for my desktop wallpaper.   Grin
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Re: December 10, 2005, Sahale Peak
« Reply #13 on: 12/26/05, 02:30 PM »

Nice trip! I love that photo looking east with McGregor and Oval.
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Re: December 10, 2005, Sahale Peak
« Reply #14 on: 12/27/05, 03:43 AM »

paul and monika--nice trek!  and awesome photos to show for it.  you guys are such rockstars.   Cool

oh yeah, and way to attack that alder!  
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