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May 1, 2016, Puyallup Cleaver/Lower Tahoma Glacier
« on: 05/08/16, 05:46 PM »

http://cascadeclimbers.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1148450#Post1148450
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Re: May 1, 2016, Puyallup Cleaver/Lower Tahoma Glacier
« Reply #1 on: 05/08/16, 09:24 PM »

I had a somewhat similar experience approaching the Tahoma Glacier from the west in June 1997. After that failure, we decided to ski the route by carrying over the summit from Camp Muir. That turned into a really nice trip in June 2003. I wrote about it (with a bunch of background info) here:

http://alpenglow.org/skiing/tahoma-2003/index.html
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Re: May 1, 2016, Puyallup Cleaver/Lower Tahoma Glacier
« Reply #2 on: 05/08/16, 10:00 PM »

Hi Lowell - I read that in preparation for this climb - thought the inline skate cache idea was brilliant for your high-orbit trip.

I just re-read the Tahoma Glacier part and it looks like you took the gully below Glacier Island - we had scoped out a line above that for our descent that looked less crevasse-ridden, but it sounds like it's probably more fun to go straight down the middle of the Tahoma with those large seracs on either side.

Anyway looked like an awesome trip - I don't think I've yet been brave enough to descend something serious that I didn't climb up.
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Re: May 1, 2016, Puyallup Cleaver/Lower Tahoma Glacier
« Reply #3 on: 05/09/16, 10:18 AM »

Wow, a lot of close calls in that report. Glad you guys are ok!
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Re: May 1, 2016, Puyallup Cleaver/Lower Tahoma Glacier
« Reply #4 on: 05/09/16, 10:35 AM »

Eh, I'd say there was one higher risk move crossing that warm slope low on the cleaver in late afternoon. Nothing really beyond that I'd characterize as a close call. Thankfully the run out on that wasn't horrible.
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